Saturday, Nov. 2, 3-5 p.m.

kashiwagi bookThe Nichi Bei Foundation Author Series presents:

Book Release Party and Reading
Western Addition Branch Library
1550 Scott St. (between Geary and Post near Japantown)
San Francisco
FREE Admission

•Book readings •Book signings • Free refreshments

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featuring authors…

“Starting From Loomis and Other Stories”
by Hiroshi Kashiwagi
edited with an Introduction by Tim Yamamura
EVENT SPECIAL: Book for $5 discount for Nichi Bei Foundation members

Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Rafu Shimpo photo)
Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Rafu Shimpo photo)

The Nichi Bei Foundation presents as part of its inaugural Author Series a book talk and signing by Hiroshi Kashiwagi, an accomplished author, playwright, poet and actor. Kashiwagi also once served as branch manager at the Western Addition Branch Library, and started the library’s Japanese Language Collection. In his latest book “Starting from Loomis and Other Stories,” a memoir in short stories, he reflects upon the moments, people, forces, mysteries, and choices that have made him who he is. Central to this collection are his experiences as a Japanese American during World War II — from his imprisonment at Tule Lake to the resulting lifelong stigma of being labeled a “No-No Boy” after his years of incarceration.

with special guest:
“Sacramento’s Historic Japantown: Legacy of a Lost Neighborhood” by Kevin Wildie

By 1910, Japanese pioneers had created a vibrant community in the heart of Sacramento — one of the largest in California. Then, in the 1950s when the Capitol Mall Redevelopment Project reshaped the city center, that J-Town was truly lost. Drawing on oral histories and previously unpublished photographs, author Kevin Wildie traces stories of immigration, incarceration and community solidarity, crafting an unparalleled account of Japantown’s legacy.

Event funded by The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation