Join us for the return of Lake Forest's premier One Book, One Community program.
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Correction: In our September eNews, we mistakenly said 25%, but the September 16 Friends Member Preview Sale mark-up is only 20%! Memberships are available at the door.
Lake Forest Reads: A One Book, One Community Event featuring Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Since 2012, Lake Forest Reads has encouraged Lake Foresters to come together and read one book with the purpose of fostering literacy, a culture of reading, and a sense of community. Lake Forest Library and community partners present a month-long series of events and activities focusing on themes in the featured novel, highlighted by a Meet the Author event. We encourage you to deepen your experience with the book by attending events and hosting your own book discussions!

Join us this year in reading "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by bestselling author Jamie Ford.

For more information and to register for events, visit
Lake Forest Reads: An Evening with author Jamie Ford. October 7 at 7:00 pm
An Evening with Jamie Ford: Thursday, October 7, 7:00 pm. Enjoy a thoughtful and compelling conversation between author Jamie Ford and Davis Schneiderman, Dean of Faculty at Lake Forest College. This virtual "Meet the Author" event is the highlight of Lake Forest Reads. Register today
Lake Forest Reads: Writing Contest
Writing contest submissions due September 30. Write an essay or story between 2,000 and 10,000 words involving a theme from "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet." Example themes include racism, friendship, Japanese or Chinese culture, etc. Submit your entry at

Prizes — Your entry published on the Library's blog and promoted on social media — A personalized, signed copy of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" — A $50 gift card to Lake Forest Book Store — An invitation to a special event at Ragdale
Learn Origami: Wednesday, September 8, 7:00 pm. Learn the Japanese art of paper folding! Register to reserve a kit which will be available for pickup at the Library before the program.
Lake Forest Reads: Art, Patriotism, and Internment 1942-46. Presented by Art Historian Deb Levie
Art, Patriotism, and Internment, 1942–46: Tuesday, September 14, 7:00 pm. Explore the art that was being made during wartime and how it reflected the upheaval and uncertainty of this period of history. Register today
Lake Forest Reads: From Book to Film with Diane Quon
From Book to Film: Wednesday, September 15, 7:00 pm. Academy Award-nominated producer and Lake Forest resident Diane Quon shares what led her to her career and why it was important to her to make "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" into a film. Register today
Hidden Memory: An American Story. Presented by Anne Shimojima
Hidden Memory, An American Story: Monday, September 20, 7:00 pm. Anne Shimojima shares the moving story of her family's journey from Japan to America and through the U.S. incarceration camps during World War II. Register today

Dr. Hu Shih, Lake Forest, and Chinese Diplomacy during WWII: Wednesday, September 29, 7:00 pm. In 1941, Dr. Hu Shih, Chinese Ambassador to the U.S., delivered the commencement speech at Lake Forest College. At the time, Lake Forest was a center of the isolationist movement. Discover the untold story about Dr. Hu's speech and diplomacy during WWII. Register today

Lake Forest Reads: Afternoons with Judy Levin

Afternoons with Judy Levin: Thursday, September 30, Noon. Enjoy a lively discussion of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet." Register today

Book Discussion with Dickinson Hall: Wednesday, October 6, 11:00 am. Dickinson Hall members are invited to a discussion of "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet." To register, call Dickinson Hall at 847.234.2209 or email

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok book cover
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson book cover
The Diplomat’s Daughter by Karin Tanabe book cover
What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman book cover
The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan book cover
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks book cover
When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka book cover
Uprooted : the Japanese American experience during World War II   By Albert Marrin book cover
Farewell to Manzanar : a true story of Japanese American experience during and after the World War II internment by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston book cover
Prisoners without Trial by Roger Daniels book cover
Looking like the Enemy : my story of imprisonment in Japanese-American internment camps   by Mary Matsuda Gruenewald book cover
Encyclopedia of Japanese American Internment by Gary Y. Okihiro book cover
Un-American : the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II By Richard Cahan book cover
Hana’s Suitcase: a true story by Karen Levine book cover
Thank you to our Lake Forest Reads partners!
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