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SLC Author Tells Story of Internment through Words and Watercolor

Lily Havey's "Only My Freedom" depicts her experience living in the Amache Internment Camp in Amache, Colorado.


Local artist and writer Lily Nakai Havey has just published a new memoir chronicling her experience as a child in two Japanese American internment camps during World War 2. Havey and her family were living in Los Angeles, when they were sent to an assembly center in Pasadena in 1942, and then to the Amache Relocation Center in Colorado. The book is called Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp. The story is told not only through the writing, but also through Havey’s watercolor paintings and photographs. Speaking in the KUER studios, Havey explains how she began to process the internment experience through her artwork. 

Havey will be reading and signing her book at The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City Wednesday evening at 7.

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