National Book Award Finalist, Karen Tei Yamashita, reading from her novel, I-Hotel
Tue, September 20, 2011 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM • The Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, The Connally Banquet Hall at 2110 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, TX 78712
With humor and tender humanity, Karen Tei Yamashita’s I-Hotel centers on an iconic site in Asian American history -- the International Hotel -- epicenter of the Yellow Power Movement. Yamashita’s novel about the Asian American civil rights movement presents a kaleidoscope of the ideals and conflicts, experiments and personalities that characterized the emergence of Asian American identity, culture, and community in the turbulent 1960s.
About the author: Heralded as a "big talent" by the Los Angeles Times, Karen Tei Yamashita is an American Book Award and Janet Heidinger Kafka Award winner. A California native who has also lived in Brazil and Japan, she is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California-Santa Cruz, where she received the Chancellor's Award for Diversity in 2009.