One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Each year, the One Book, One Community of Monroe County selection committee chooses a readily available and discussible book written by a major author, and invites Monroe County residents to read the same book at the same time and discuss it through a series of free programs running approximately one month. Each year's events feature book discussions and free county-wide community activities related to the themes raised by these provocative and inspiring stories. One Book, One Community of Monroe County aims to enrich the experience of reading for everyone, regardless of race, gender, age, income or the neighborhood they call home.
The One Book, One Community of Monroe County Committee has chosen Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, as this year’s featured book selection.
About the Book
About the Author
Jamie Ford was born in Eureka, California, but grew up in Ashland, Oregon and Port Orchard and Seattle, Washington. His father, a Seattle native, is of Chinese ancestry, while Ford’s mother is of European descent.
Ford is the great grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung (1850-1922), who emigrated from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations. Ford’s great grandmother, Loy Lee Ford (1882-1921), was the first Chinese woman to own property in Nevada.
Ford earned a degree in Design from the Art Institute of Seattle and also attended Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts. An award-winning short-story writer, Ford is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a survivor of Orson Card’s Literary Boot Camp. Having grown up near Seattle’s Chinatown, he now lives in Montana (where he is on a never-ending quest to find decent dim sum). Ford is married and has six children.