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Friday, September 9, 2011

Rohwer exhibit opens tonight; novel set near internment camp due soon

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 3:59 PM

The Art of the Living exhibit image

"The Art of Living," the promising exhibit of art made by Japanese craftspeople interned at the Rohwer near McGehee during World War II that Leslie Newell Peacock writes about in this week's A&E Feature (and on her Eye Candy art blog), opens at 5 p.m. today at the Arkansas Studies Institute's Concordia Hall.

The Butler Center's Rod Lorenzen (a Times contributor) writes that a novel is forthcoming from UA Press that ties into the period covered by the exhibit.

The University of Arkansas Press is soon to publish a compelling novel by Vivienne Schiffer entitled "Camp Nine," which is based on the lives of a wealthy family living close to the camp.

Schiffer grew up in McGehee, near Rohwer, and now lives in Houston, Texas. Her mother, Rosalie Santine Gould, was instrumental in procuring the art and artifacts for "The Art of Living" exhibition. Camp Nine explores the relationship between a young girl and the Japanese American people she comes to know in the relocation camp. Schiffer will be the featured speaker for the Butler Center’s “Legacies & Lunch” program at 12 noon on Wednesday, Oct. 5th in the Darragh Room at the Main Library, 100 Rock Street, in Little Rock.

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