Daniel James Brown with Tom Ikeda
Join Densho, Elliott Bay Book Company, and others on this day for the official book launch of Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes During World War II (Viking), a new book about WWII Japanese American incarceration and the 442nd RCT by Seattle author Daniel James Brown, NY Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat. The virtual event will feature a conversation between Daniel James Brown and Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda, who has conducted oral histories with many of the men highlighted in the book. Facing the Mountain grew out of conversations Brown had with Ikeda in 2015. We’re proud to be included as one of four independent bookstores supporting this free event and will have signed copies of the book. Facing the Mountain is an unforgettable chronicle of wartime America and the battlefields of Europe.
“This book’s breadth and depth are unparalleled as it poignantly traces the Japanese American thread in the rich fabric of America. We meet compelling individuals, witness war’s horrors and celebrate moments of triumph of the human spirit. The author vividly describes communities confronting prejudice with resilience and patriotism, surviving and ultimately having the opportunity to thrive.” —Terry Shima, T/4, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
“Facing the Mountain embodies the sort of far-reaching creative work that they dreamed would be possible when Densho was founded 25 years ago. The book draws upon the stories and words of Japanese American elders and ancestors to tell this history in a way that can reach vast audiences. Daniel James Brown has an exceptional ability to tell compelling, people-centered stories. He humanizes this part of history for a population of readers that may be learning about it for the first time. Facing the Mountain comes to us during a time of deep unrest, a time when our empathy for others is so needed to guide the choices we will make. This book will open hearts.” – Tom Ikeda.