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Kimiko Guthrie & Kiku Hughes discuss their novels, Block Seventeen and Displacement —reflecting on the experience of Japanese and Japanese Americans in U.S. concentration camps during WWII: It DID Happen Here. It IS Happening Here. & Never Again Is NOW.

Part of “Revolution Books: 60 Defiant Days, The Trump/Pence Must Go”

In Kiku Hughes' graphic novel Displacement, a teenager is pulled back in time to witness her grandmother's experiences in the World War II-era when the U.S. rounded up 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans and forced them into concentration camps. Living alongside her young grandmother in the camps, Kiku gets the education she never received in history class.

Block Seventeen by Kimiko Guthrie first presents as a mystery novel: its protagonist, Akiko “Jane” Thompson is confounded by a series of disturbing mysteries: Why won’t the neighbor’s baby, whom she’s never seen, stop crying? Why is her boyfriend, who works for the Transportation Security Administration, suddenly obsessed, to the point of paranoia, with government surveillance? And why can she only find her mother online, in the elusive world of social media? These mysteries unfold/unravel as she confronts her family's history in America, how they survived the camps, and how fear and humiliation can drive a person to commit desperate acts.


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Event date: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
2444 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704-1611
Block Seventeen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982678401
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blackstone Publishing - June 23rd, 2020

Displacement Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250193544
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - August 18th, 2020