City of Fullerton
Public Information Office

303 W. Commonwealth
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (714) 738-6317


Subject :

Celebrated Author to Speak at Fullerton Library as part of Fullerton Reads
Contact :Chaunacey Dunklee    (714) 738-6327
Fullerton City Manager’s Office    (714) 738-6317

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston did not spend her entire life in Manzanar, but she vividly remembers her days in the internment camp. She was seven years old when she and her family were uprooted from their life in Long Beach and relocated to Manzanar.  The author will speak about her experiences and her bestselling classic, “Farewell to Manzanar,” on October 7 as part of Fullerton Reads. The talk will take place in the Community Room at 2:00 p.m.

“One of the tragedies of the internment camps was the loss of liberty for Japanese Americans,” said Maureen Gebelein, Library Director. “We are hoping to shine a light on those dark days and begin a dialogue about the meaning of freedom and democracy, then and now.”

Fullerton Reads is an initiative aiming to get the city of Fullerton to read and discuss one book. “Farewell to Manzanar” is this year’s choice for Fullerton Reads.

Further information about the program may be obtained by calling the Fullerton Public Library at (714) 738-6327.

Persons requiring special accommodations to attend the program are asked to notify the library staff prior to October 6.