Tompkins County Public Library

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Library to Host Book Discussion Groups

Tompkins County Public Library will offer opportunities for readers to talk about the 2013 Community Read-- “When the Emperor was Divine” by Julie Otsuka--as Community Read Coordinator Sarah Glogowski hosts two book discussion groups September 17  from noon to 1 p.m. and September 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room West.

Participants of all ages are invited to share their impressions and discuss the relevance, themes and messages of  “When the Emperor was Divine” in a judgment-free and welcoming environment.

“When the Emperor was Divine” is an enlightening and heart-wrenching, third-person story of a Japanese-American family torn apart by American policies and prejudice during World War II. Otsuka’s 2003 debut novel evocatively and emotionally ponders a subject previously unexplored by commercial fiction—Japanese internment camps. 

Now in its 12th year, the Community Read encourages community members to experience the bond of literature by reading and discussing the same title. 

This program is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is requested. To register, contact Glogowski at (607) 272-4557 extension 255 or

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