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George Takei to Appear at B&N at The Grove, Vroman’s

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Actor, activist and New York Times bestselling author George Takei will sign copies of “They Called Us Enemy,” a graphic novel based on his experiences during World War II,

Join George Takei – actor/author/activist – to celebrate the release of THEY CALLED US ENEMY at Barnes & Noble at The Grove at Farmers Market on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m.

He will appear at Vroman’s in Pasadena the day before, on Tuesday, Aug 20, from 6PM to 7:30PM

In this stunning graphic memoir (a New York Times bestseller), Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon — and America itself — in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

One ticket grants one person admission and one copy of THEY CALLED US ENEMY. The author will sign only THEY CALLED US ENEMY (one copy per ticket). No memorabilia will be signed. Candid photographs are only allowed from the signing line. No posed photos or standing behind the table.

From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in Japanese American internment camps during World War II, George Takei became known around the world for his founding role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise, in the acclaimed television series Star Trek. He has since become a strong voice in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality.

In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten “relocation centers,” hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.

They Called Us Enemy is Takei’s firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.

What does it mean to be American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do? To answer these questions, George Takei joins co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime.

They Called Us Enemy is truly beautiful — moving, thoughtful, important, engaging, and stunningly rendered. I am so excited to see this book’s impact on the world.” — Jacqueline Woodson, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming

“George Takei’s story reveals the important lessons of the WWII Japanese American Incarceration that still need to be learned today. They Called Us Enemy is a compelling must-read for all ages.” — Karen Korematsu, Founder and Executive Director, Fred T. Korematsu Institute

“Moving and layered… Takei challenges Americans to look to how past humanitarian injustices speak to current political debates. Giving a personal view into difficult history, [They Called Us Enemy] is a testament to hope and tenacity in the face of adversity.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A compelling blend of nostalgia and outrage… this approachable, well-wrought graphic memoir is important reading, particularly in today’s political climate. Pair with John Lewis’ acclaimed March series for a thought-provoking, critical look at the history of racism in American policies and culture.” — Booklist (starred review)

“This evocative memoir shares stories of the nation’s past, draws heartbreaking parallels to the present, and serves as a cautionary tale for the future. For all readers old enough to understand the importance of our collective history.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

“Riveting… Takei has evolved into an increasingly powerful voice for oppressed communities, and They Called Us Enemy finds him at peak moral clarity — an unflinching force in these divisive times.” — The Washington Post

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WHAP! Lecture Series: Nan Da, ‘On King Lear & Contemporary China’ – Feb 21

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Master of Arts (MA) program in Aesthetics and Politics present the West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics lecture series (WHAP!) at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room.

This series features events that range from political debates to film screenings and performances, as well as conversations about art, architecture, and philosophy.

This month WHAP! will host Nan Z. Da, an assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame where she teaches comparative literature and literary theory. She is the author of Intransitive Encounter, a prehistory of Sino-US literary relations that theorizes non-verifiable, self-contained encounters.

This talk is drawn from her work-in-progress, That No Harm Will Come to Harmless Things.

This event is free to the public and no RSVP is required.

Friday, February 21, 2020 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

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Calling Children of All Ages! Drag Queen Story Hour – Feb 22

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photo by Waldemar Brandt

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Start a Saturday morning off on the right uh… high heel, with the fun and fabulous Drag Queen Story Hour.

Children are invited to bring their parents, guardians, friends of all ages and join the City of West Hollywood at the West Hollywood Library for Drag Queen Story Hour, which is exactly what it sounds like: glittering, magical drag queens capturing the imagination, playfulness, and gender fluidity of childhood, while giving kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.

At Drag Queen Story Hour, children are able to meet people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people present as they wish — a world where dress up is real.

Admission is free. For children of all ages. No registration necessary.

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

This is an ongoing program. Future Drag Queen Story Hour events April 25 and June 27th

Co‐sponsored by the City of West Hollywood. For more information, please visit colapublib.org.

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WeHo Reads: ‘The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood’ Feb 5

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood and Book Soup invite community members to a WeHo Reads event featuring Sam Wasson’s new book, The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood.

The event will include an Author’s Talk and Q&A. Wasson will be joined for a conversation with Director and Screenwriter James Gray (Ad Astra , The Lost City of Z). A book-signing will follow the conversation.

Chinatown is one of the most notable films of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is notorious. In Sam Wasson’s telling, it becomes a defining story of colorful characters in a most colorful period of Hollywood history. The film stars Jack Nicholson at the height of movie stardom embarking on a doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Roman Polanski, both predator and prey, is haunted by the murder of his wife, returns to Los Angeles, the scene of the crime, where the seeds of his own self-destruction are planted. Here is the fevered deal-making of producer “The Kid” Robert Evans. Wasson peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of the realization of Robert Towne’s original screenplay. Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the ’70s filmmaker-friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today.

Tickets are $29 plus tax, and include one copy of the book, which can be signed by the author at the conclusion of the event. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.

A limited number of free tickets (which do not include a copy of the book) will be provided to West Hollywood residents upon providing proof of residency via a government ID, lease or utility bill. Please confirm your address is in West Hollywood by visiting www.weho.org/streets, and email Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at mche@weho.org to reserve tickets. There is a limit of two tickets per person and tickets may not be resold.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads series will offer additional programming throughout Spring 2020 including:

  • March 6, 2020: Antonio Gonzalez, Architects Who Built Southern California;
  • April 7, 2020: Kathy Valentine, All I Ever Wanted: A Rock n’ Roll Memoir;
  • April 21, 2020: National Poetry Month, Be the Change;
  • May 6, 2020: Russian Arts & Culture Month, Dr. Emil Draister, Farewell, Mama Odessa;
  • May 12, 2020: Arthur Dong, Hollywood Chinese; and
  • May 22, 2020: One City One Pride Kickoff, Dear Harvey.

For additional information about these events, please visit www.weho.org/wehoreads.

For more information, please contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, City of West Hollywood at (323) 848-6377 or mche@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.

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