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Frank Abe, Shawn Wong, Stephen Sumida, and Tom Ikeda
Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018, 2 – 3:20 p.m.
Frank Abe, Shawn Wong, Stephen Sumida, and Tom Ikeda
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin us for the book launch of "JOHN OKADA: The Life & Rediscovered Work of the Author of NO-NO BOY" -- on the 95th anniversary of his birth, and at the library where he once worked as a reference librarian.
DescriptionCo-editor Frank Abe will present images from his new biography of Okada, and join contributors Shawn Wong and Stephen Sumida for a conversation moderated by Tom Ikeda of Densho.

"No-No Boy", John Okada's only published novel, centers on a Japanese American who refuses to fight for the country that incarcerated him and his people in World War II and, upon release from federal prison after the war, is cast out by his divided community. In 1957, the novel faced a similar rejection until it was rediscovered and reissued in 1976 to become a celebrated classic of American literature. As a result of Okada's untimely death at age forty-seven, the author's life and other works have remained obscure.

This compelling collection offers the first full-length examination of Okada's development as an artist, placing recently discovered writing by Okada alongside essays that reassess his lasting legacy. Meticulously researched biographical details, insight from friends and relatives, and a trove of intimate photographs illuminate Okada's early life in Seattle, military service, and careers as a public librarian and a technical writer in the aerospace industry. This volume is an essential companion to No-No Boy.

Co-sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Company, Densho, and the Wing Luke Museum. Free to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Frank Abe is a journalist and producer of the PBS documentary Conscience and the Constitution. Greg Robinson is professor of history at Université du Québec a Montréal whose most recent book is The Great Unknown: Japanese American Sketches . Floyd Cheung is professor of English language and literature and American studies at Smith College and editor of early Asian American literary works by H. T. Tsiang, Sadakichi Hartmann, and others.
Frank Abe is a former journalist for KIRO Newsradio and producer of the PBS documentary, "Conscience and the Constitution."

Novelist Shawn Wong contributed the chapter, "Republishing and Teaching NO-NO BOY."

Professor Stephen Sumida contributed the chapter, "Questioning NO-NO BOY: Text, Contexts, and Subtexts."

Tom Ikeda is the founding Executive Director of Densho.
View in Catalog"JOHN OKADA: The Life & Rediscovered Work of the Author of NO-NO BOY"
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.
PodcastThis event will be recorded for podcast.
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