Daniel James Brown: “Facing the Mountain”

WED, MAY 12, 2021 (1:01:55)

American Ancestors NEHGS and Boston Public Library in partnership with the Japan Society of Boston and GBH Forum Network host celebrated author Daniel James Brown to discuss his book “Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II.”

Known for his #1 New York Times bestselling book “The Boys in the Boat,” Brown now looks at the World War II saga of patriotism, contributions and sacrifices of Japanese immigrants and their American-born children. Brown tells a the story of one courageous Japanese-American Army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe while their families were incarcerated back home; and the tale of a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment.

Following a short, illustrated presentation by the author, Roland Nozomu Kelts joins him in conversation.

+ BIO: Daniel James Brown

Daniel James Brown grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Diablo Valley College, the University of California at Berkeley, and UCLA. He taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford before becoming a technical writer and editor. He now write narrative nonfiction books full time. His primary interest as a writer is in bringing compelling historical events to life as vividly and accurately as he can.

Brown lives in the country outside of Seattle, Washington with his wife, two daughters, and an assortment of cats, dogs, chickens, and honeybees. When not writing, he is likely to be birding, gardening, fly fishing, reading American history, or chasing bears away from the bee hives.

+ BIO: Roland Kelts

Roland Kelts is a Tokyo-based writer, journalist, scholar and authority on Japanese and Western cultures. His first book, Japanamerica, is the ultimate guide to Japan’s pop culture juggernaut — required reading for many Hollywood producers, global artists and academics worldwide.

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