April 29, 2013
Filed Under South Tahoe Events
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, award-winning author of “Farewell to Manzanar”, will speak at the South Lake Tahoe Library on Tuesday, May 14th at 5pm.
Houston will tell us about how the story of her family’s life, in an internment camp, became a cautionary tale about civil rights violations.
A reception and book signing will follow at the South Lake Tahoe Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston is the co-author of the widely praised book and screenplay Farewell to Manzanar, based upon her family’s experience during and after the World War Two internment of Japanese-Americans in California. For the script, she received a Humanitas Prize and a 1976 Emmy Award Nomination. The book, now in its 90th printing from Bantam, has become a standard work in schools and on campuses throughout the United States.
Born in Inglewood, California, she has spent most of her life on the Pacific Coast. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from San Jose State University and pursued graduate work at San Francisco State and at the Sorbonne, France. She has lived in Europe, in Mexico, and in the Hawaiian Islands, where she married novelist James D. Houston. Since 1962, they lived in Santa Cruz, CA, where they raised three children. In 1984, Ms. Houston was one of fourteen American women honored with the prestigious Wonder Woman Award, honoring women over forty who have made outstanding achievements in the pursuit of truth and positive social change.