Daniel James Brown - Facing the Mountain

Friday, May 20, 7pm CT / 8pm ET
Online Event - Book Purchase or $10 donation or RSVP for free to gain admission

Left Bank Books, Anderson's Bookshop (Naperville, IL) & Boswell Books (Milwaukee, WI)
welcome #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Daniel James Brown,
for a special virtual event to celebrate the paperback release of
Facing the Mountain: An Inspiring Story of Japanese American Patriots in World War II,
in an exclusive online event at 7pm CT / 8pm ET on Friday, May 20th.
Brown will be in conversation with the former executive director of Densho,
Tom Ikeda.
To receive the link to access the event, you can either:
1) order a SIGNED copy of Facing the Mountain from Left Bank Books; OR
2) make a $10 donation to Left Bank Books; OR
Please purchase, donate, or RSVP before May 20th, 6pm CT.
If you are not able to attend live, the recording will be available to attendees following the event.
Bookplates are available for the event for customers that purchase a copy from Left Bank Books.
Daniel James Brown is the author of The Indifferent Stars Above and Under a Flaming Sky, which was a finalist for the B&N Discover Great New Writers Award, as well as The Boys in the Boat, a New York Times bestselling book that was awarded the ALA’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. He has taught writing at San José State University and Stanford University. He lives outside Seattle.
Tom Ikeda is the former executive director of Densho, a Seattle-based non-profit dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Japanese American history and promoting social justice and equity.
One of NPR's Books We Love of 2021

"Masterly. An epic story of four Japanese-American families and their sons who volunteered for military service and displayed uncommon heroism... Propulsive and gripping, in part because of Mr. Brown's ability to make us care deeply about the fates of these individual soldiers...a page-turner." - Wall Street Journal

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat, a gripping World War II saga of patriotism and resistance, focusing on four Japanese American men and their families, and the contributions and sacrifices that they made for the sake of the nation.

In the days and months after Pearl Harbor, the lives of Japanese Americans across the continent and Hawaii were changed forever. In this unforgettable chronicle of war-time America and the battlefields of Europe, Daniel James Brown portrays the journey of Rudy Tokiwa, Fred Shiosaki, and Kats Miho, who volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were deployed to France, Germany, and Italy, where they were asked to do the near impossible. Brown also tells the story of these soldiers' parents, immigrants who were forced to submit to life in concentration camps on U.S. soil. Woven throughout is the chronicle of Gordon Hirabayashi, one of a cadre of patriotic resisters who stood up against their government in defense of their own rights. Whether fighting on battlefields or in courtrooms, these were Americans under unprecedented strain, doing what Americans do best--striving, resisting, pushing back, rising up, standing on principle, laying down their lives, and enduring.


Daniel James Brown has done it again. HIs rich, nuanced recreation of the dark years when thousands of our fellow citizens were incarcerated because of their ancestry is a must-read contribution to the history of the 20th century. It's also uplifting. I'll never look at the World War II story in the same light. --Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time

"A must-read. You will not be able to put it down." --Scott Oki, former VP Microsoft, Founder, Densho

"Facing the Mountain arrives at the perfect time, to remind us of the true meaning of patriotism. In Daniel James Brown's gifted hands, these overlooked American heroes are getting the glory they deserve. Read this book and know their stories." --Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Lost in Shangri-La

"Daniel James Brown brings to life the gripping true story of Japanese Americans whose steely heroism fought Nazism abroad and racism at home. Bound by Japanese values of filial piety, giri (social obligation) and gaman (endurance) and forged in the crucible of brutal combat, the soldiers served the very country that locked their families in American concentration camps for no crime other than looking like the enemy while camp resisters fought for justice denied." --Lori L. Matsukawa, News anchor, KING TV, Seattle

"This book's breadth and depth are unparalleled as it poignantly traces the Japanese American thread in the rich fabric of America. We meet compelling individuals, witness war's horrors and celebrate moments of triumph of the human spirit. The author vividly describes communities confronting prejudice with resilience and patriotism, surviving and ultimately having the opportunity to thrive." --Terry Shima, T/4, 442nd Regimental Combat Team

"Riveting. Facing the Mountain is a book that is as much about the present as it is about the past. In it are vital lessons about courage, truth, justice, and an abiding love of country. Drawing on impeccable historic research, the narrative movingly shines the light of history on prejudice and discrimination and the unfinished struggle for a more just future." --Ann Burroughs, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum

To access the event, please purchase a copy of Facing the Mountain or make a $10 donation or RSVP for free with Left Bank Books. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. You will receive an email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event. Thank you for supporting Left Bank Books!
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