Festival Staff / January 27, 2017
2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the Bombing at Pearl Harbor, signifying the United States of America’s entry into World War II. Just last month, the USS Arizona Memorial was dedicated on the University of Arizona Mall, commemorating the most devastating casualty of the attack.
With this in mind, the Festival committees have created a sort of mini-track, in which authors discuss related topics. These range from the actual day, December 7, 1941, and the effects of it, including our relationship to the Allied and Axis powers, and the relentless racism and mistreatment of Japanese immigrants and Japanese-American citizens.
Here are a few authors you’ll be able to see at the festival, and their books:
Richard Cahan, Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II
Peter Hayes, Why? Explaining the Holocaust
Craig Nelson, Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness
Richard Reeves, Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II
Pamela Sakamoto, Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds
Steve Twomey, Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack
Marc Wortman, 1941: Fighting the Shadow War
You’ll be able to see them at quite a few panels over both days of the festival, including:
WWII: Pearl Harbor featuring Craig Nelson, Steve Twomey, and Marc Wortman
WWII: Japanese-American Internment featuring Richard Cahan, Richard Reeves, and Pamela Sakamoto
WWII: Asking Why, Internment & the Holocaust featuring Peter Hayes, Richard Reeves, and Pamela Sakamoto
See the History and Biography panel schedule to view the events in their entirety.