Community Read 2022: Bitter Injustice

The Hampstead Public Library is pleased to be participating in the Community Read 2022.  Events can be found on our April and May calendar (and listed below). For full details on all of the program, please visit


Events at the Hampstead Public Library:

Wednesday, April 6th at 4pm: Teen Book Discussion of George Takei's THEY CALLED US ENEMY

Thursday, April 21st at 1pm: Adult Book Club Discussion of George Takei's THEY CALLED US ENEMY

Tuesday, May 3rd at 1pm: Nonfiction Book Club Discussion of Daniel James Brown's FACING THE MOUNTAIN

Monday, May 9th at 6:30pm: Book Discussion of Jamie Ford's HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET

Thursday, May 19th at 1pm: Book Discussion of Jamie Ford's HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET 

Tuesday, May 24th at 6:30pm: Screening of George Takei's ALLEGIANCE


Major events at other locations: 

Wednesday, May 11th at 6:30pm: Conversation with Dr. David Sakura at Plaistow Library

Monday, May 16th at 6:30pm: In-person appearance by Jamie Ford (author of HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET) at Timberlane's Performing Arts Center (Jamie Ford will sign books from 6pm - 6:30pm)

Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30pm: In-person appearance by Jamie Ford (author of HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET) at Wright Museum


ANNOUNCING COMMUNITY READ 2022: “Bitter Injustice: The Internment of Japanese Americans in World War II” 

Awarded Major Grant from New Hampshire Humanities


Best-Selling Author Jamie Ford to Visit New Hampshire


Ten Libraries, Two High Schools, and a Museum Will Participate in the Project 

Featuring 30+ Book Club Meetings and Special Events


Eighty years ago in 1942, just months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The order stripped Japanese Americans of their civil rights and led to the wrongful internment of some 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent. February 19, 2022 was the official Day of Remembrance of that order. 

To help us understand and learn from “one of the most shameful periods in American history,” as President Biden described it in a statement last year, ten New Hampshire public libraries are promoting reading across their communities on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Libraries in Atkinson, Danville, Hampstead, Kingston, New Durham, Newmarket, Plaistow, Sandown, Stratham, and Wolfeboro, along with the Timberlane Regional High School, Kingswood Regional High School, and the Wright Museum of World War II share this reading and cultural learning experience. 

The event series is highlighted by in-person appearances by Jamie Ford, best-selling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which was awarded the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. Ford speaks at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center on Monday, May 16, and the Wright Museum on Tuesday, May 17. 

The “Bitter Injustice” program also include special events with Dr. David Sakura, a third-generation Japanese American who was sent with his family to the Minidoka internment camp in Idaho. UNH English professor Monica Chiu, who specializes in Asian American studies, will moderate a discussion with Dr. Sakura at the Plaistow Public Library on May 11.

The Hampstead Public Library hosts a movie screening of George Takei's Allegiance on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 pm. The film is a recording of the musical play that took the story of Takei and his family, as well as that of 120,000 other Japanese Americans, to the Old Globe Theatre, then to Broadway and beyond.

Copies of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, as well as Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II by Daniel James Brown, They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki, and other books on the subject will be available at participating libraries for book-club discussions and related events.  A limited number of books will also be distributed at businesses around town.

This project is made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2021, the Plaistow Public Library was awarded a Community Project Major Grant from New Hampshire Humanities on behalf of the project’s participants. Learn more at

Additional support is provided by Timberlane Regional High School, Wright Museum of World War II, and Kingswood Regional High School.