Allen Say, the award-winning author and illustrator of many acclaimed children’s books, will discuss his latest work, “The Inker’s Shadow,” on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. in Little Tokyo.

the inker's shadowSay’s books include “Drawing from Memory,” an autobiographical volume that explored his love of comic books through a collection of his own photographs and drawings. He now offers a companion to that book in “The Inker’s Shadow,” a graphic novel that tells the story of his own coming of age.

As a teenager in Southern California, Say was sent to an American military academy by his father so that he could learn English and “become a success in life.” As the school’s first and only Japanese student, he immediately faced racism from his fellow cadets and teachers, who were all white; their complaints about his presence relegated him to a tool shed behind the mess hall.

Determined to escape, Say saved up his money to buy a 1946 Ford for $50 — and set out to find the America of his dreams.

Say will be joined in conversation by Lori Benton, vice president and publisher for Scholastic Trade Publishing. Benton is a longtime publisher and promoter of children’s books, and has known Say as both an author and a friend for decades.

Say will be available for signings after the talk. His book will be available for sale through the JANM Store in October. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

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