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May 19, 2022

Save the Date: HEPL’s Books Build Bridges 2022

Save the Date! HEPL’s Books Build Bridges 2022 Featuring Authors Jamie Ford and Kelly Yang

Books Build Bridges is a community read program hosted by Hamilton East Public Library each fall to build community through shared experience, provide diverse reading opportunities, and engage the HEPL community with noted authors. The featured books this year are Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, and Front Desk by Kelly Yang. These novels tackle tough topics like racism, bullying, and discrimination in powerful, poignant, and age-appropriate ways.

Both authors will visit the Fishers Library in-person for a keynote presentation (with a virtual option), followed by book signings. Kelly Yang will visit on Saturday, September 24. Jamie Ford will visit on Saturday, October 1.

HEPL patrons will be able to pick up a free copy of the featured novels (while supplies last) at the Noblesville or the Fishers library beginning August 15, 2022. Or, the novels may be borrowed from the HEPL bookshelves or digitally through the library’s Libby/OverDrive collection.

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
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Jamie Ford is the award-winning author of the bestselling novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which was awarded the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature and was on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years. Ford’s second novel, Songs of Willow Frost, was also a New York Times best seller, and as with its predecessor, has also been a favorite among community reading programs. Ford is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and of Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp. Having grown up near Seattle’s Chinatown, he now lives in Montana with his wife and children.

Kelly Yang is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of NEW FROM HERE, the FRONT DESK series, including FRONT DESK, THREE KEYS, and ROOM TO DREAM, YES WE WILL, and young adult novels PARACHUTES and PRIVATE LABEL. FRONT DESK is Kelly’s award-winning middle grade debut novel about a 10 year old Chinese American immigrant girl who manages the front desk of a motel while her parents clean the rooms. FRONT DESK was awarded the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, was the 2019 Global Read Aloud, and was named an Amazon Best Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a NPR Best Book of the Year, and a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year.