“Community READ” author to speak to students

. October 16, 2012.

Today’s teens may know that World War II occurred, but certainly not the impact it made on our history and culture. Thanks to the CommunityREAD program coordinated by the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, area students will get a chance to learn more about the wartime era. Jamie Ford, author of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” is scheduled for two presentations to students in grades six-12 on Friday, March 25. 

A fictional work with historical accuracy, “Hotel” is set in Seattle in 1986. When the city’s famed Panama Hotel undergoes a renovation, a 56-year-old man comes face to face with a relic from his past that unearths memories of his experiences during World War II. The book looks at the Japanese internment camps and broken family relationships.

Ford will speak at Findlay’s Central Middle School auditorium from 9-10am and at Van Buren School auditorium from 10:30-11:30am. These will be the only student presentations.  Teachers interested in bringing a class should contact Debbie Reynolds at dreynolds@findlaycityschools.org for the Central presentation, and Deb Lautermilch at dlautermilch@vbschools.net for the Van Buren presentation, no later than March 11. Space is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

CommunityREAD encourages reading and communication by choosing adult and youth written works on an annual basis and promoting community discussion through programs and author visits. For more information on CommunityREAD, visit