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Community Book Group with Karen Tei Yamashita
January 25, 2011 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Bookshop Santa Cruz
Dazzling and ambitious, this hip, multi-voiced fusion of prose, playwriting, graphic art, and philosophy spins an epic tale of America’s struggle for civil rights as it played out in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Divided into ten novellas, one for each year, I Hotel begins in 1968, when Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, students took to the streets, the Vietnam War raged, and cities burned.
As Karen Yamashita’s motley cast of students, laborers, artists, revolutionaries, and provocateurs make their way through the history of the day, they become caught in a riptide of politics and passion, clashing ideologies and personal turmoil. And by the time the survivors unite to save the International Hotel—epicenter of the Yellow Power Movement—their stories have come to define the very heart of the American experience.
We invite you to read I Hotel, then come to Bookshop Santa Cruz on January 25th for a community discussion of the book facilitated by Julie Minnis. It will be followed by a dialogue with Karen Yamashita.
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