2013 Community Read
When the Emperor Was Divine
by Julie Otsuka
The Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with Cornell University’s New Student Reading Project, has announced the selection of Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine as the 2013 Community Read.
Otsuka’s novel describes a Japanese American family’s three-and-a-half-year long experience in the internment camps during World War II. From varied perspectives—the two young children, the mother, the internment community, and finally the father—the novel offers a concrete view of personal struggle, dignity, and tragedy in a context of exile and racism, which is widely resonant historically and in our own time.
Copies of the Cornell edition of When the Emperor Was Divine will be available in the Library on Monday, July 1st for patrons to check out. Additional copies are also available from the community libraries in Caroline and Danby, from the rural libraries in Dryden, Groton, Lansing, Newfield and Trumansburg, and can be borrowed through the Finger Lakes Library System.
Now in its 12th year, the Community Read encourages community members to experience the bond of literature by reading and discussing the same title.
A full list and information about programs related to the 2013 Community Read can be found on our Events page.
- Attend one of the Library's book discussion groups to help you lead your own book group!
- Learn about author Julie Otsuka, as well as review Cornell University's study questions and the publisher's questions for When the Emperor Was Divine.
- Explore When the Emperor Was Divine and other books by Julie Otsuka in our World Languages collection - 2013 Community Read - Books by Julie Otsuka in World Languages at TCPL.
- Check out the books Ithaca’s been reading each year since 2002 for the Community Read in our archive.
Book groups or area agencies interested in obtaining copies for their groups can contact the Library. For more information about the Community Read, or to receive copies for a book group, please contact Sarah Glogowski at 272-4557 ext. 255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Community Read programs are free and open to the public.
The 2013 Community Read is made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University.