Author Naomi Hirahara appeared in conversation with Densho’s Brian Niiya to discuss her new mystery novel, Clark and Division. Set in 1944 Chicago, Clark and Division follows the story of a young woman searching for the truth about her revered older sister’s death, and brings to focus the struggles of one Japanese American family released from mass incarceration at Manzanar during World War II. Hirahara and Niiya, who share a decades-long friendship, talked about the novel as well as Hirahara’s earlier book, Life After Manzanar, their common interest in the immediate post-camp period, and more.

Co-presented by: Tadaima! and Elliott Bay Book Company. This program was funded, in part, by the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP) in partnership with the National Park Service will co-host the second annual Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage. Tadaima 2021 will address identity, indigeneity, and intersectionality as they relate to the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Tadaima Panel - Mystery After Manzanar