WARMLY INSCRIBED BY AUTHORS JEANNE WAKATSUKI HOUSTON AND JAMES D. HOUSTON AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST FRED KOREMATSU
(KOREMATSU, Fred) HOUSTON, Jeanne Wakatsuki and HOUSTON, James D. Farewell to Manzanar. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1973. Octavo, original beige cloth, original dust jacket. $1850.
First edition of this memoir about life in Manzanar, warmly inscribed on the half title to the Arts Commissioner of the City of Lodi, organizer of One Book One Lodi, a citywide reading event that featured this book: "To Dear Robin, With gratitude and great respect and admiration for spearheading this remarkable project. Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston" and "James D. Houston. Lodi. March 6, 2002," and additionally inscribed by the plaintiff in the infamous Japanese-American interment case, civil rights activist and Medal of Freedom-winner Fred Korematsu: "To Robbin [sic]. Best Wishes. Fred Korematsu. 10-23-01." Accompanied by a program from an event about Fred Korematsu, signed by him; tickets, a bookmark, and a "Farewell to Manzanar" button from One Book One Lodi; a sealed DVD of John Korty's Emmy-nominated 1976 made-for-TV movie version of Farewell to Manzanar; and a lengthy card from Jeanne and James Houston (in Jeanne's hand) thanking Robin for her work on One Book One Lodi.
This accessible work about the World War II Japanese-American internment camp at Manzanar was written by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, a survivor of Manzanar, and her husband, novelist James D. Houston. "A classic first-person account," it focuses on Wakatsuki Houston and her family's experiences during and after their detention at the Manzanar camp. With more than 1.5 million copies in print, it is a staple of high school and college reading lists and was made into an Emmy-nominated television movie in 1976" (Los Angeles Times). This copy is inscribed by the authors to Robin Knowlton, the organizer of One Book One Lodi, a citywide event celebrating reading that chose Farewell to Manzanar as a selection. This book is accompanied by assorted material related to the work, including a program for a 2001 event at University of the Pacific signed by the plaintiff in the United States' shameful Japanese-American internment case, Fred Korematsu, and ephemera used by and produced for One Book One Lodi including a sealed DVD of a 1976 film of Farewell to Manzanar. Also accompanying this book is a greeting card, written entirely in Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's hand reads: "17 Mar 02. Dear Robin, Thank you so much for spearheading "One Book—One Lodi"—which, as far as we could see from the enthusiastic response when we were there—was truly a successful event. We know it was tremendous work for you and that you must have encountered surprising, eye-opening reactions. But—you pulled off a great event (for us, and the youngsters mostly) and surely you must be an inspiration & role model for your community. Thank you very much again. With appreciation, Jeanne & Jim Houston. P.S. 'Wine & Roses' was fabulous! Wonderful hospitality & great food. We're telling our friends about Lodi!"
Book fine, dust jacket near-fine with slight rubbing to spine ends and toning to spine. An outstanding copy, most desirable inscribed and signed thus.