Vivienne-SchifferVivienne Schiffer, a novelist and a screenwriter who grew up in Desha County, will discuss her book, Camp Nine, during the October 24 meeting of the Monticello Branch Library’s Friends of the Library on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. 

Schiffer will discuss the book and be on hand to sign copies of the book following the discussion which is jointly hosted by the Friends of the Library, Monticello Bookgroup and the University of Arkansas at Monticello Taylor Library. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on the UAM campus at the Memorial Classroom Building (MCB) Auditorium. The public is encouraged to attend.

Camp Nine is the selection for the 2013 statewide reading program, If All Arkansas Read the Same Book. The novel is a fictionalized account of an Arkansas Delta girl and her experiences with two internees and an American soldier from the nearby relocation center built to house Japanese from the western U.S. following the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the outbreak of war with Japan, according to Zoe Butler, Arkansas Center for the Book coordinator.

The novel is published by the University of Arkansas Press.

Schiffer, who lives in Houston where she has practiced law for many years,  is currently working on Relocation Arkansas, a documentary movie about the role her mother, Rosalie Gould, a former mayor of McGehee, played in connecting Japanese-Americans with memorabilia from the Rohwer camp.

If All Arkansas Read the Same Book is presented by the Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library and all programs are offered free-of-charge to the public. The project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.