This in-person event is a part of the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book. Please note that this event will take place off-site at the Irving Theater in the CODE Building (225 W. Water St.).
Traci Chee (We Are Not Free) will discuss her acclaimed novel for young readers, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei—second-generation Japanese American citizens—whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass US incarcerations of World War II. Traci Chee will be in conversation with local children’s author Amy Lee-Tai.
About the Book: Fourteen teens who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco. Fourteen teens who form a community and a family, as interconnected as they are conflicted. Fourteen teens whose lives are turned upside down when over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are removed from their homes and forced into desolate incarceration camps. In a world that seems determined to hate them, these young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart.
As part of the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book, this in-person event is free to attend and open to the public. In response to Covid-19, many venues have limited capacity. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. For more information about the specific Covid-19 guidelines for this venue, visit vabook.org.
Order the Books Ahead of Time from New Dominion Bookshop
Shop local and support your community bookstore! You can order your books ahead of time for the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book by filling out the contact form below. Please make sure that you list the book title(s) that you would like to order. We will give you a call when your order is ready. If you are placing a pre-order for a book that has not yet been released, your book will be ready on or soon after the book’s release date. There is no need to pre-pay. We will collect your payment when you pick up your order or when your order is shipped. Books will also be for sale on-site at the event. (There is no need to place an order if you plan to attend the event and purchase books there in person.)