Neil Nakadate will discuss his memoir Looking After Minidoka at the Des Moines Public Library's Central Library April 16 at 6:30 p.m. The book talk is free and open to the public. Nakadate will also sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase at the event.
In Looking After Minidoka, Nakadate examines the years his family was held in a WWII internment camp and three generations of Japanese American life, from immigration to the end of the 20th century. Nakadate blends history, poetry, rescued memory, and family stories in an American narrative of hope and disappointment, language and education, employment and social standing, prejudice and pain, communal values and personal dreams.