FIVE MONTHS ‘til launch! In case you missed the announcement last week, the release date for WE ARE NOT FREE has been changed to September 1, 2020, so please re-mark your calendars for this fall!
In the meantime, please do pre-order your copy from your favorite local bookstore (or through Bookshop.org, which benefits a number of independent bookstores). Ordering now helps to give them some much-needed relief at a time when many stores are having to temporarily shut their doors to the public, AND you still get your copy of WE ARE NOT FREE come September! With the pandemic affecting everyone, it’s a great time to come together in what small ways we can to help one another out. 💚
💫 If you pre-order, please remember to hang on to your receipts, as I’ve still got a fun thing planned for you. ✨
📢 NEWS! 📢 The release date of #WeAreNotFree has been changed to 9/1. If you’ve already pre-ordered, please hang on to your receipts a little longer, because I’ve still got a 🎁 for you! If you haven’t pre-ordered... 👀 go here!
The first trade review for WE ARE NOT FREE is in, and it's a STAR! ⭐ Huge thanks to Booklist, which calls it "a blazing and timely indictment of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII." Read the rest of this incredible review here.
Introducing... Yum-yum! 👼 A+ student. Good daughter. Always responsible older sister. But why bother, when no matter how good she is, she’ll still be locked up in a detention center without freedom or rights or privacy? Maybe it’s time to finally let loose. 💃🏻 #WeAreNotFree
For the giveaway, check my Instagram!
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Everyone, please meet… Minnow! 🐟🌈 Day-dreamy artist bb who loves his city, his mother, and his two older brothers. Wallflower. Insightful af. Minnow’s just trying to get home before curfew in San Francisco, 1942, trying to ignore the way people stare at him like he’s the enemy, when he’s stopped by a bunch of white guys just outside Japantown. Read his chapter here and enter to win his bookmark on Twitter!
Hey Internet! 🎏 Meet my new kiddos: (from left to right) Twitchy, Shig, Yum-yum, Bette, Minnow, and Frankie. 💗 I was so in love with John Lee's incredible illustrations that I made a set of six collectible bookmarks for #WeAreNotFree! 🌁 Over the new few weeks, I’ll be revealing quotes and giving away several of each bookmark on my various social media platforms (and newsletter), so if, like me, you’re a collector at heart ❤️, be sure to click that “follow” button!
On February 19, 1942, nearly eighty years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law Executive Order 9066, which gave to the secretary of war (and any military commander designated by him) to create “military areas... from which any or all persons may be excluded.” While Executive Order 9066 did not specifically mention Japanese Americans, it cleared a path for the creation of military “zones” (like Military Areas 1 and 2, which comprised all of Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and California, where my grandparents and their families lived), from which Japanese Americans could be restricted or prohibited from living.
Executive Order 9066 was followed by a series of Public Laws and Public Proclamations that tightened restrictions on Japanese Americans, assigning curfews, designating certain items (like cameras) contraband, and restricting travel, and eventually Civilian Exclusion Orders which required people of Japanese descent to, in a matter of days, pack up their belongings, settle their affairs, and report to temporary detention centers up and down the west coast.
Today, February 19 is known as the Day of Remembrance, which commemorates the incarceration of more than 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry in World War II. And as we remember the injustices of our past, may we also work to end the injustices of our present. Some causes you might consider checking out today include Tsuru for Solidarity, Kids in Need of Defense, and RAICES.
I’m also giving away an ARC of WE ARE NOT FREE on my Instagram. Go to this post for details. Ends Wednesday, February 26 at noon Pacific. This giveaway is international.