CANTON – Jamie Ford, a Montana-based New York Times bestselling author, has never visited Stark County.

That will change Tuesday June 21 when he is scheduled to visit the Canton Palace Theater as part of a speaker series from the Stark Library. The event is in conjunction with an exhibit from the Canton Museum of Art. 

Ford, who has Asian American roots, found near instant success with his debut historical novel, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” in 2009. The novel follows the story of Henry Lee, who is Chinese American, Keiko Okabe, who is Japanese American, and the disruption and heartbreak caused by the forced evacuation and internment of Japanese Americans in the U.S. during World War II. 

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