George Takei in town for a book signing Sept 3

George Takei is coming to town for a book signing.

The actor rose to fame as Lieutenant Sulu in the original Star Trek. Over the years he’s become an LGBTQ activist, social media influencer (Mashable named Takei the #1 most-influential person on Facebook) and author. His latest book is the graphic memoir They Called Us Enemy. As part of a promotional tour, he’ll sign copies at the Indigo Robson (1033 Robson St.) on Sept 3 at 7 p.m.

Find out more below.

In They Called Us Enemy, a New York Times bestseller, Takei looks back at his childhood in American internment camps. He was one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II.

Takei’s firsthand account of those years delineate the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother’s choices, his father’s faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his future. Takei wrote the book with  Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott. Artist Harmony Becker provided the illustrations.

Tickets for the event are $30 and include a signed copy of the book and admission to the event. You can buy them at ticketscene.ca.

Here are some snippets from reviews of They Called Us Enemy:

“They Called Us Enemy is truly beautiful — moving, thoughtful, important, engaging, and stunningly rendered. I am so excited to see this book’s impact on the world.” — Jacqueline Woodson, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming

“George Takei’s story reveals the important lessons of the WWII Japanese American Incarceration that still need to be learned today. They Called Us Enemy is a compelling must-read for all ages.” — Karen Korematsu, Founder and Executive Director, Fred T. Korematsu Institute

“Moving and layered… Takei challenges Americans to look to how past humanitarian injustices speak to current political debates. Giving a personal view into difficult history, [They Called Us Enemy] is a testament to hope and tenacity in the face of adversity.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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