Our guest speaker on Saturday, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston of Farewell to Manzanar fame, had a surprise of her own near the end of the program. A quiet couple sitting in the front row of the audience finally broke their silence when the wife said, "Jeanne, you still don't recognize me?" There was a moment of confusion and then recognition dawned as the author realized the couple shared the same block in Manzanar and had further connections through extended family (by marriage). The delight and happiness was truly wonderful to witness.
All told, 66 people crammed into the Story Time Room to hear Ms. Houston's remarkable story and a lively question and answer period followed. During the Q&A, one gentleman was able to share his own emotional story to the very supportive crowd. Ms. Houston signed the 20 gift books the library provided and at least as many personal copies brought in. As a kickoff to the CA Reads series, it was an unmitigated success. Thanks to everyone who came to this very special event.