Big Read 2018 Logo: Four Figures in front of a red sun with clouds and fighter planes
Main Library
VCPL Lobby
Friday, March 16 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Welcome Julie Otsuka, award-winning author of the NEA Big Read 2018 Selection When the Emperor Was Divine and keynote speaker for this year's NEA Big Read programming. When the Emperor Was Divine is based on the experiences of Otsuka's family. The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japanese Imperial forces, the FBI arrested her grandfather as a suspected spy. Her grandmother, uncle and mother spent three years in an internment camp located in Topaz, Utah, where part of the book is set. Refreshments will be served.