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Acclaimed author Jamie Ford will be among us Thursday, courtesy the Bloomington Public Library. The occasion: the library's annual Bloomington Reads Program. During his visit, Ford will focus on his 2009 book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, about the friendship between a Chinese American boy and a Japanese American girl — both American citizens — whose ethnic backgrounds impact their destinies in drastically different ways during World War II. Ford's first appearance is at noon discussion in the library's Community Room, followed by a second presentation, at 7 p.m. in the Bloomington High School Auditorium, followed by a Q&A and book-signing. Both a free.

Triple threat

Southern rockers The Cadillac Three are no strangers to us here: they were just in town last September, opening for Lee Brice at the Rock the Corn Crib Festival in Normal, fast on the heels of the release of their third studio album, "Legacy." This time through, at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Castle Theatre, they're the headliners. The threesome are: lead singer-guitarist Jaren Johnston, bass guitarist-singer Kelby Ray and drummer-singer Neil Mason. Opening for the trio is protege Hannah Dasher, described by Johnston (who produced and guests on her current album "Heavy") as "like Dolly on cocaine." 

Cruise control

As the weather warms up, the Twin City Cruisers are on the move again, bringing back their monthly themed Cruise-Ins for the spring and summer seasons. The long-running event is back again at its regular stand: the north end of the Towanda Plaza Shopping Center at 1210 Towanda Ave., Bloomington. The April edition is 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, with an "All Clubs" theme featuring classic/modified vehicles, vendors, DJ music, prizes and more. Free to both spectators and participants. For more details, call 309-827-8281.

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