Contact: Paul Piper, Librarian, Western Washington University Libraries, at (360) 650-3097 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BELLINGHAM – Whatcom READS! has announced its featured book for 2013, “Snow Falling on Cedars,” written by David Guterson, and has scheduled a presentation given by Robert Keller, Professor Emeritus at Western, at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22 and a panel hosted by Paul Piper, Western librarian, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Both events will be at the Fairhaven Public Library at 1117 12th St., and are free and open to the public.
Guterson’s novel is about a Japanese-American man accused of murdering a white fisherman on a fictional island in the Puget Sound shortly after World War II, when anti-Japanese sentiments were still very prevalent. It was a best-seller when it came out in 1994 and again when it was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film in 1999.
Keller visited Camp Harmony, a temporary internment camp in Puyallup for Japanese Americans, as a child during World War II. Keller also lived in Germany after the war where he saw how Germans dealt with bleak memories of the conflict and The Holocaust. These experiences helped shape his presentation, "Reconciling the Past: The History, Literature and Ethics of Japanese Removal," where Keller will ask: “How do we come to terms with dark parts of our history?”
The panel discussion facilitated by Piper, “Responsible Journalism in ‘Snow Falling on Cedars’ and What It Means Today,” will discuss the role of journalistic ethics in the book and how it relates to journalists today. Western Libraries is sponsoring this panel.
To see a list of all the Whatcom READS! events, visit http://www.whatcomreads.org/