Monday, January 23, 2012

One Author Vista: Ken Mochizuki!

I am excited to announce that as part of our third annual One Author Vista program, Ken Mochizuki will be coming to Vista on February 3rd! He will make a presentation to students, answer their questions and sign their books.

The book order form is available on my Sharepoint page and was also sent in an email by Ms. Klein. University Book Store will be on campus on the day of his visit to sell books. You may:

a) submit the order form and check by 1/30 to the library, the book return bin behind Ms. Klein's desk or my mailbox in the office;
b) call in your credit card order to the secure number on the order form; or
c) bring cash or a check on the day of his visit.

A Seattle native, Ken has written books for a wide range of ages, from picture books about the Japanese American internment camps and their aftermath (Baseball Saved Us, Heroes) to realistic fiction for middle and high school students (Beacon Hill Boys) to a work of local history (Meet Me at Higo: An Enduring Story of a Japanese American Family).

He has also written two biographies for all ages, Be Water, My Friend: The Early Years of Bruce Lee, about the martial arts legend, and my personal favorite, Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story. Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania during World War II who saved the lives of thousands of Jews.

For those unfamiliar with One Author Vista, it was inspired by Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl's "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book" project. Each year, Vista students are encouraged to read books by an assortment of local authors. They then have the opportunity to vote for the one they would like to invite to campus.

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