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When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

The RIC Open Books--Open Minds common book for 2011/2012.

Open Books -- Open Minds

Open Books--Open Minds is the Rhode Island College common book program. This initiative brings together first-year students early in their first semester at RIC, and links them with upper classmen, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and the greater Rhode Island community through book discussions and participation in a rich array of programs and activities.

Reference Librarian / Associate Professor

When the Emperor Was Divine

Interviews with Julie Otsuka

Julie Otsuka Interviewed by Andrew Duncan on IndieBound

What made you choose Japanese-American internment camps as the subject matter for your first novel?
I feel like the subject matter chose me. I had never planned to write a novel about the camps -- too daunting, subject-matter-wise, and who was I to tell this particular story anyway? Would anyone even want to hear about the camps? But images of the war seemed to keep surfacing in my work, so clearly the camps were something I needed to write about.  read more

"Simmering Perfection" by William Nakayama on

Every first novelist daydreams of having the editors at a prestigious literary house fall in love with the manuscript over a weekend and call Monday with a handsome offer. Julie Otsuka may be the exception.   read more

Densho archive interview (free guest registration required)


This is a bibliography of library materials about the Japanese American Evacuation and Internment that were on exhibit in the Adams Library lobby, August-September 2011.

James P. Adams Library  ·  Rhode Island College  ·  600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 02908