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Spring 1999 Work of Literary Merit (WOLM)

Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Guterson

To find information about David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars, and the Japanese American Internment during World War II, try some of the following sources:

Reading Group Guide for Snow Falling on Cedars
A brief summary of the story and some historical background.
Literature Resource Center
Biographical and critical information about David Guterson drawn from standard reference books such as Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography and Contemporary Literary Criticism . (Password required for off-campus use.)

For background information on the Japanese American internment during World War II, see also the books and videos on reserve in the Plover Library and the web sites listed near the bottom of this page

Book Reviews ordering information and reviews
Offers a number of brief reviews from review journals as well as over 240 comments from customers who read "Snow Falling on Cedars."
Kanner, Ellen."Snow Falling on Cedars," BookPage. ©1996
Christine Hearn. " The Reader IV II - Snow Falling on Cedars ," Literascape , . ©1997.
Additional Book Reviews can be found in:
  • Booklist vol. 90 August 1994, page 2022;
  • Kirkus Reviews vol. 62 July 1, 1994, page 870;
  • Library Journal vol. 119 August 1994, page 129;
  • Publishers' Weekly vol. 241 August 1, 1994, page 70;
  • Time vol. 144 September 26, 1994, page 79;
  • People Weekly vol.43 March 13, 1995, page 31.
Snow Falling on Cedars; the Movie
Coming in Fall 1999.

About the Japanese American Internment in the U.S.

Traces events from 1912 when Japanese Americans owned 12,726 acres of farmland in California to 1952 when the McCarran-Walter Immigration and Naturalization Act ended the racially based naturalization ban and the 1924 ban on Asian immigration.
Text of Executive Order No. 9066
Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, this order authorized the U.S. Secretary of War to create "military areas" for which "the right of any person to enter, remain in, or leave shall be subject to whatever restrictions the Sectary of War or the appropriate Military Commander may impose in his discretion."
The Japanese American Internment
C. John Yu offers a large collection of articles and photos on the Japanese American Internment, as well as comments and memories submitted by his readers. Includes a timeline and a glossary.
Camp Harmony Exhibit
This exhibit tells the story of Seattle's Japanese American community in the spring and summer of 1942 and their four month internment at the Puyallup Assembly Center known as "Camp Harmony." The material is drawn from newspapers, photographs, correspondence, books, and documents in the University of Washington Libraries' collections. Includes issues of the Camp Harmony Newsletter which was published in the internment camp.
Japanese American Internment, Santa Clara Valley -- On-Line Exhibit
This exhibit, on permanent display at the Japanese American Resource Center in San Jose, California's Japantown, depicts the internment camp life of the many Santa Clara Valley Japanese Americans who were interned. Includes photos from internment camps in California, Wyoming and Texas. (Note: Due to the number of photos per page, these web pages take a VERY long time to load over a modem connection.)
Japanese American Internment Camps During World War II
A collection of photographs from the Special Collections Department, Marriott Library, University of Utah. Photographs are from the Tule Lake camp in California and the camp at Topaz, Utah.
Yahoo's Links on the World War II Internment Camps

Compiled by Marj Grossman, Karen Petersen, and Kathy McGreevy

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