A children’s book has given rise to a collaboration on two events jointly sponsored by the Historical Museum and Eagle Harbor Books. The book — and the Thursday August 28th events — highlight the strength of friendship and community in times of war and upheaval.

Author Kirby Larson, a Newberry Honor recipient, will launch the release of her new book, Dash, on Bainbridge Island on August 28th.  The book is about a young girl removed from her beloved community and friends to an internment camp during the tumultuous times following Pearl Harbor.

In this podcast episode, BCB host Channie Peters interviews Katy Curtis, Education Outreach Coordinator at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, and Victoria Irwin, Events Coordinator at Eagle Harbor Books. They discuss the two related August 28th events.

The first event will occur at 3:30 pm at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Internment Memorial located at Pritchard Park, 4192 Eagle Harbor Drive. Here, Kirby Larson will talk with three pairs of friends who were children at the time of the internment about their experiences of being removed from their communities, and of losing their dear friends to the internment camps. Those events were, of course, particularly traumatic for children.  These members of our BI community have remained friends here on the island.  Their stories are of acts of kindness and lasting friendships that have strengthened over the years, and contribute to the fabric of community.

The second event will be at the Eagle Harbor Books at 7 pm, located at 157 Winslow Way East.  This will be a family book event with Kirby Larson reading, signing and talking about Dash and it’s context.

Credits: BCB host: Channie Peters; BCB editor: Barry Peters; What’s Up music: Tim Bird; BCB ferry music: Dogfish Bay Studios; Podcast art: artopia creative.