Author Julie Otsuka to Present Wolf Lecture

August 30, 2010

Julie Otsuka will present the Wolf Lecture on Sept

Julie Otsuka, author of When the Emperor was Divine, will present the Wolf Lecture on Thursday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall on the University of Mount Union’s campus.

Told from a different point of view in each chapter, When the Emperor was Divine, offers a quiet glimpse of a father, mother, daughter and son forced to assume the role of political prisoners. Inspired by the experience of her family members in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II, Otsuka made her debut in 2002 with a spare and intimate portrayal of one Berkeley family that was detained by the U.S. government.

When the Emperor was Divine was greeted with rapturous praise on publication and has won several prizes including the Asian American Literary Award, the American Library Association Alex Award and the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age Award. It was also a Booklist Choice for Young Adults and chosen as this year’s LS 100 summer reading assignment for incoming freshman at Mount Union.

Otsuka grew up in California and is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University. She has given many presentations to various groups around the world about her novel and the history of the Japanese-American internment during World War II.

Following the lecture, a book signing will take place.

The John and Eleanor Mincks Wolf Lecture in Music Education and English was established with gifts in 1999 and 2009 to honor the memory of John ’47 and Eleanor (Mincks) Wolf. John was a teacher of music for 30 years in the Strongsville schools and Eleanor was a teacher of English and Latin in Richfield and Highland school districts. Distributions from the endowed fund are used to bring professionals in the disciplines of music education or English to campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Presser Recital Hall is located within Cope Music Hall, which stands on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street, across from the Campus Lakes. 

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