CORVALLIS, Ore. – Lauren Kessler, author of an award-winning book on a Japanese-American family, will read from her work on Friday, April 17, at Oregon State University. The reading will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda and is free and open to the public.

Published by the OSU Press, “Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family,” was chosen by the Oregon Library Association for its statewide Oregon Reads program to celebrate Oregon’s 150th birthday. It was first published in 1993, telling the story of immigrants making their way in a new land.

The book opens with the tale of Masuo Yasui’s odyssey from Japan to the Oregon Trail, and follows his path working from railroads to canneries, before settling in Hood River and becoming a successful orchardist. “Stubborn Twig” also takes readers through World War II and the internment of Japanese-Americans in Oregon, of the struggles of growing up with two distinct cultures, and finally the triumphs and tragedies of a family.

The San Francisco Chronicle called the book “remarkable” and praised Kessler for her “flair for dramatic storytelling.”

Kessler directs the graduate program in literary non-fiction at the University of Oregon and is founder and editor of Etude, an online journal of literary non-fiction. She is the author of 11 books.

More information about “Stubborn Twig, which won an Oregon Book Award, can be found at:

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Micki Reaman,