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Palo Alto City Library Presents Memoirist Jean Oda Moy
Contact : Ouida Charles    650-329-2620

Palo Alto, CA – Palo Alto City Library presents a free author event with local memoirist, Jean Oda Moy. Snow on Willow: A Nisei Memoir, Jean Oda Moy’s autobiography reflects on her life as the American-born daughter of Japanese immigrants, first as a child in pre-World War II Seattle and then as a teenager in wartime Japan. This fascinating book provides a rarely heard perspective on the experience of American-born Japanese in wartime and postwar Japan. A highly personal tale of world historical events, Snow on Willow also testifies to the power of writing to remember the past and to heal emotional wounds. In this process, author Jean Oda Moy displays an inspiring resilience much like a "willow branch in the falling snow."

When: Friday, December 11, 2009, 7 p.m.
Where: Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road

Jean Oda Moy received her M.A. in Japanese from Stanford University and her M.S.W. in Psychiatric Social Work from UC Berkeley. She has worked as a clinical social worker and teacher in California and Japan. She has also translated from Japanese to English three books by Yasushi Inouye, one of Japan’s foremost writers of the 20th century.

"Palo Alto City Library’s author talks enrich our customers’ experience of the library, bringing books to life by connecting readers and writers," explains Supervising Librarian Ouida Charles. "These programs help to place the Library and its book collections at the literary center of the Palo Alto community."

The Friends of the Palo Alto Library has generously provided funding for this program.

Please visit the Library web site or call the Reference Desk at 650-329-2436 for more information about this and other Library programs.