Lawrence Matsuda, local poet and author, will be reading from his new novel, "My Name Is Not Viola" at Kobo's at Higo on Sunday April 26th at 4:00 PM. The story is based on his mother's experiences: born in Seattle, sent to Hiroshima, returned and graduated from Franklin HS, married, forcibly incarcerated during WWII, and released after to rebuild her life along with her husband and two infants born in camp. Years later she was incarcerated again at Western Mental State Hospital for depression. Throughout her life she tried to live a dignified life under undignified circumstances.
The story is relevant today since it exemplifies the effects/lasting after-effects of what happens when historic racism intersects with politics and invisible minorities are targeted.
The reading will begin at 4:00 PM followed by questions/answers and an informal reception.
April 26th at 4pm
Kobo at Higo in Japantown
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