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September 21, 2009


One Book author to visit

Photo:Julie Otsuka
Julie Otsuka

Sacramento State is in the second year of its One Book program and Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine is this year’s book offering.

The book covers the journeys of a Japanese-American family through one of the internment camps established during World War II. Otsuka’s mother, grandmother and uncle were interned in Topaz, Utah. She says their story is universal since people have been rounded up and exiled throughout history.

The One Book Program encompasses all disciplines, class levels and campus community members. Participants read the selected book, participate in discussions with each other and the author and take part in projects that address social issues raised in the book.

Several events focusing on the book are scheduled for the school year, and the author will visit the University on Oct. 5. She will answer students’ e-mail questions this month and later take part in an interview on Capital Public Radio.

The One Book program was established in 2008 with funds donated by The Wells Fargo Foundation in Partnership with Sacramento’s California Lectures. Last year the program focused on Firoozeh Dumas’ Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America.

For more information on the One Book Program, visit


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