"When the Emperor was Divine"

November 1, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

Julie Otsuka, author of "When the Emperor was Divine," will present her book on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., at California State University, Bakersfield's Icardo Center.

The event is part of the Runner Reader Program, a program created to support the Roadrunner First-Year Resources for Undergraduate Success and High-Achievement (RUSH-A) program at CSUB.

The presentation of Otsuka's book will be followed by a question and answer session. She will also be available to sign her book, and the Department of English will also be giving away writing awards.

"When the Emperor was Divine" gives readers an intimate view of the fate of Japanese-Americans during World War II. "The war was a devastating episode for everyone of that generation. And I think the main task for everyone after the war was to get on with their lives, not to dwell on the pain or the loss," Otsuka said.

The Runner Reader Program is an "in-semester" program where students are engaged with the reader throughout the first academic term of the year.

The goals of the Runner Reader Forums are to provide a common academic experience for all first-year and transfer students, to strengthen the academic atmosphere of CSUB, to connect students to their peers and teachers, and to get students involved in campus activities through a shared learning experience.

The book presentation is sponsored by the Roadrunner First-Year RUSH-A program and Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Emerson Case in the English department at CSUB at (661) 654- 6281 or at ecase@csub.edu.