BH: Karen Tei Yamashita, National Book Award nominated finalist, will sign I Hotel.

“With humor and bite, [Yamashita] takes on waste, greed, stupidity, love, environmental and cultural apocalypse and the problems of migration and belonging—achieving a kind of cross between Kobo Abe, Gabriel García Márquez and Upton Sinclair.”—Star Tribune (Minneapolis)Dazzling and ambitious, this hip, multi-voiced fusion of prose, playwriting, graphic art, and philosophy spins an epic tale of America’s struggle for civil rights as it played out in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Divided into ten novellas, one for each year, I Hotel begins in 1968, when Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, students took to the streets, the Vietnam War raged, and cities burned.As Karen Yamashita’s motley cast of students, laborers, artists, revolutionaries, and provocateurs make their way through the history of the day, they become caught in a riptide of politics and passion, clashing ideologies and personal turmoil. And by the time the survivors unite to save the International Hotel—epicenter of the Yellow Power Movement—their stories have come to define the very heart of the American experience.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1475 Western Ave
12203 Albany
I Hotel By Karen Tei Yamashita, Leland Wong (Illustrator), Sina Grace (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Karen Tei Yamashita, Leland Wong (Illustrator), Sina Grace (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781566892391
Availability: SPECIAL ORDER--Call store for details
Published: Coffee House Press - June 1st, 2010

"An amazing literary accomplishment and one of the most pleasurable reading experiences I have ever had."—Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Booksellers

“Exuberant, irreverent, passionately researched . . . Yamashita's colossal novel of the dawn of Asian American culture is the literary equivalent of an intricate and vibrant street mural.”—Booklist (starred review)

"A dynamic feat . . . this powerful, deeply felt, and impeccably researched fiction is irresistibly evocative."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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