Book Club in Redmond, WA

Alan met Pam, by complete happenstance, at his hairdresser's place. She was talking about the book and the next thing we knew - we were invited to their book club! Nicest women ever!! Thanks for having us visit :)

From left to right: back row- Debbie, Alan, Minon, Leslie, Kathy, Gloria, front: Sandra, Pam and Janet. 

From left to right: back row- Debbie, Alan, Minon, Leslie, Kathy, Gloria, front: Sandra, Pam and Janet. 

Third Place Books Seward Park

Thanks to everyone who joined us at Third Place Books in Seattle last Saturday! What a great book store...and the restaurant right there, Raconteur, serves great food. Check them out!

King County Lunch and Learn

Alan and I were invited to share Masao's story with King County employees in Seattle. As I'm learning, there are so many gracious people in the world. Many had already read the book and added to the conversation, others had thoughtful questions about World War II and the South Pacific, the internment of Japanese, and so forth.

 

Thank you, King County, for inviting us!

Edmonds Book Club

Last night, I met some wonderful women who belong to a book club in Edmonds. They've been meeting for many years and there was a great energy in the room. I'm so happy they came to know Masao! They were all kind, beautiful, and shared their reflections about Masao's story. Lisa brought Nutter Butter cookies - Masao's favorite - as a gift for me! And yes, I've eaten several...

My thanks goes out to all of them - especially Sharon who suggested the book to the group and hosted the event. 

Kamiak Knight Readers Book Club

The Kamiak Knight Readers graciously invited me to their monthly book talk. It was a really nice afternoon - I met some new friends and heard more pieces of the World War II era. It was such a complicated piece of American history...

A special thanks to all who joined us - but particularly to Jennifer who coordinated the event!

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I completely forgot to take a picture of the group! But they gave me these gorgeous roses and beautiful card...

UW Book Store Seattle

Thanks to everyone for stopping by UW Book Store yesterday - especially my Mariner family! 

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I continue to meet the nicest people... this is Joyce :)

I continue to meet the nicest people... this is Joyce :)

Normandy Park Book Club

The wonderful women of the Normandy Park Book Club!

The wonderful women of the Normandy Park Book Club!

Kay very graciously invited me to her book club last night. This group exemplifies the energy and power of women - each of them creative, kind beyond words, supportive of each other (and me!), grounded, caring and beautiful souls. What a great evening...

Mariner Book Club

Tim, Peggy, Jackie, Maureen, Laurie, and Diane. Cheryl is taking the picture.

Tim, Peggy, Jackie, Maureen, Laurie, and Diane. Cheryl is taking the picture.

Thank you to my friends from Mariner for inviting me to their book club to talk about my favorite subject - Masao! It was so great to see everyone!

Sakura Matsuri Washington D.C.

The Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) was kind enough to invite us for the day and we had a blast! We met some of the nicest people and also enjoyed the wonderful attractions in and around D.C. Here are just a few images to share.

The booth we shared with JAVA.

The booth we shared with JAVA.

It was crowded!

It was crowded!

Iwo Jima memorial...it's larger than I thought and quite impressive.

Iwo Jima memorial...it's larger than I thought and quite impressive.

Vietnam Memorial - you'll want to stand and reflect.

Vietnam Memorial - you'll want to stand and reflect.

The MLK Memorial is wonderful. A granite wall etched with his words of wisdom surrounds him at the back.

The MLK Memorial is wonderful. A granite wall etched with his words of wisdom surrounds him at the back.

Possibly my favorite - the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon. It's a must see if you are in the D.C. area - and go at night.

Possibly my favorite - the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon. It's a must see if you are in the D.C. area - and go at night.

@ubookstorereads May 13th 3:00 PM

Hello!

We're excited to be scheduled at UW Bookstore Seattle @ubookstorereads on May 13th at 3:00 PM. Please join us for a special presentation/reading of Masao's story.

See you there!

Kinokuniya Bookstore

Thanks to everyone who came to Kinokuniya Bookstore today for my first ever book discussion/reading. I especially appreciate my Mukilteo colleagues who I absolutely adore for showing up. Afterward, the coordinator at Kinokuniya asked if I would like her to coordinate another event with a local community of readers and, of course, I said Yes! More to follow... This is such an adventure!

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I'm doing the "reading" part in an awkward position...

I'm doing the "reading" part in an awkward position...

Nisei Veterans Committee

We were grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the Speakers Series at the Nisei Veterans Committee on February 25th. It was an honor to meet some of our heroes from World War II, men who served in the MIS as well as the 442. What a great night!

Stephanie Abe, Kathie Abe, Mike Abe, Sandra (me), Alan Abe...

Stephanie Abe, Kathie Abe, Mike Abe, Sandra (me), Alan Abe...

Alan answering questions after the presentation...

Alan answering questions after the presentation...

Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington - Omoide

Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington - Omoide

On Saturday, November 19th, I had the honor of meeting with a group of Seattle residents who are working on a multi-faceted project to keep the history of Japanese-Americans alive. Several of the project members were, themselves, sent to an internment camp when they were young and have vivid memories of that ordeal. These fine people routinely write books that speak to that period of time in American history, visit schools to speak to students of all ages, and attend cultural events to tell their stories in person. I had been invited to share my book and the process I went through to write and publish it. 

What I was reminded of, while listening to the people in the room, was that our Nisei in particular, but other Japanese-Americans and those who strongly support them, still have the strongest voice when it comes to human rights and civil liberties. I was especially moved by a woman named Shirley, who also brought wonderful homemade cookies to share, because she spoke with such passion with regard to the current political climate and the rhetoric that is being thrown around so carelessly, but having such a profound impact on people of color. 

I hope to be invited to meet with this group again. They are solid people seeking to preserve an important heritage and secure a future that ensures civil liberties for all Americans.

Interview with Braddah Gomes and Auntie 'Ala

Interview with Braddah Gomes and Auntie 'Ala

The Hawaiian Radio Connection on KXPA Seattle was kind enough to interview me on air about the book Masao. If you want to listen, click below. It's about 7 minutes.  

But just a warning - hearing the voices of the hosts will make you want to book a flight to Hawaii!

Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Giveaway

Hello and thanks for stopping by! The Goodreads Giveaway ended last night and five winners out of 1198 entrants were randomly selected by the Goodreads staff. The books go in the mail today; two to California, one to Minnesota, one to Georgia, and one to Copenhagen, Denmark. The Giveaway was a fun process for me, it was really interesting to see readers from all around the world enter for a chance to win.

I chose 9/11 as a day to end the Giveaway and as a day to launch the book because Masao was drafted into the U.S. Army on September 11th, 1941. Watching the news yesterday was a bit dismal as it was the 15th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. But as I encounter readers from around the world, I continue to have faith that people are essentially good and decent, despite the carnage that a few can cause.

When I was packing up the books to send to the winners this morning, I realized that it probably gave me as much, if not more, joy to send the books as it will for the recipients to receive them. Wishing you all joy as you go through the day!

 

 

 

Welcome!

Welcome!

 

I met Masao when he was 90; he was a wonderful man and became a dear friend. I had spent years interviewing him, jotting notes whenever and wherever I could. Sometimes, I had my tape recorder on and happened to catch some anecdotes on tape. I coupled my chats with Masao with research; reading, tapping into historical and military experts, and emailing Librarians and/or professors at various universities up and down the west coast. 

When Masao died on August 6th, 2013, I felt moved to write about his life. While I think it was part of my grieving process, I also learned more about the various aspects of World War II through the research I conducted. While this book might seem military in nature, it's actually about my friendship with Masao. It seems to appeal to women, possibly even more than it appeals to men. 

I'd love to hear from you! Let me know what questions you have and I will be happy to include those in my next post.

Sandie

Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads Giveaway

Hello!

Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive with nice comments on Facebook!  The book release date is set for September 11th; you can pre-order now on Amazon. If you want to support your local bookstore, though, you'll need to special order at this point. And thanks in advance!

The book is on the Goodreads Giveaway list starting August 18th and through September 11th. It's easy to enter, just go to: www.goodreads.com  

If you are already signed up - go to the Browse navigation button and a drop down menu will appear. Choose Giveaways and start browsing :) It is a print giveaway and it will be listed starting on August 18th. I entered to win other signed books and was delighted that my inbox wasn't filled with spam because of it. The direct link to the Giveaway page is here: 

Thanks again and enjoy the last bit of summer!

Sandra

 

 

Publish date - August 6, 2016

Publish date - August 6, 2016

Welcome and thanks for stopping by! 

Yesterday, August 6, 2016, marked three years since Masao's passing. It seemed like the perfect day for the official publishing date for his biography: Masao; A Nisei Soldier's Secret and Heroic Role in World War II.  The book will be available on September 11th. September 11, 1941 is the day Masao was inducted in the U.S. Army so we liked that day as a release of the book. You can pre-order now through Amazon and we will be working with independent book stores (in the Seattle area) over the next month so that, hopefully, you can find it on book shelves.

We hope you enjoy the book!

Alan and Sandie