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Oct. 19: Author Julie Otsuka to Discuss Award-Winning Book

Otsuka will discuss her book, "When the Emperor was Divine" -- this year's Common Read.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-12-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will welcome author Julie Otsuka (pictured at right) to campus to discuss her award-winning book, “When the Emperor was Divine,” on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 7-9 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Otsuka’s book tells the story of a Japanese American family’s separation and forced incarceration at a Utah enemy alien internment camp during World War II. Otsuka will answer audience questions following her presentation.

The event, hosted by the University’s Common Read in partnership with the Good Thunder Reading Series, is free and open to the public.

The activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, as part of the Good Thunder Reading Series, Otsuka will again be speaking on campus about her most recent book, “The Buddha in the Attic.” After holding a Q&A from 10-11 a.m. at the Emy Frentz Gallery, located at 523 S. Second St. in Mankato, and then a “Talk on Craft” from 3-4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium, Otsuka will read from her work from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union, Room 245. All Good Thunder Reading Series events are free and open to the public.

For additional information about the Common Read event on Oct. 19, contact Monika Antonelli, outreach librarian, by email at or by phone at 507-389-2507.

To learn more about the Minnesota State Mankato Common Read, visit the website at or connect through Facebook at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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