Read Contra Costa


Read Contra Costa

Read Contra Costa is an annual event that encourages all county residents and library users to share in the experience of reading and discussing the same book. This year's Read Contra Costa, featuring the Young Adult novel, We Are Not Free by Traci Chee. takes place from September 27 through November 9.

We Are Not Free tells the story of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens living in San Francisco’s Japantown, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the federal government's internment of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

Some of the exciting virtual programs planned around the novel, a National Book Award Finalist, and a Printz and Walter Honor selection, include a presentation by the author, a presentation about the Japanese American Floral Industry during this time period, a presentation about the arts and crafts created at the internment camps, and a book club discussion.

This page provides details on all of our program offerings and staff-curated reading lists centered on the theme of Chee's moving tale of friendship, community and perseverance.


Recorded Events

Previously Recorded

Talk it Up: We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

A passionate staff review of We Are Not Free, with Robyn sharing what makes it a great read for teens, adults and historical fiction fans.

Read Contra Costa Booklists

Media Guide of the WWII Japanese-American Internment

Executive Order 9066 imprisoned over 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast. These titles that capture their lives in those camps.

Read Contra Costa 2021: Japanese Incarceration Camps of WWII

Books for children (fiction, graphic novel, and nonfiction) about the experience of Japanese Americans in incarceration camps during WWII.

Read Contra Costa 2021

For more books like "We Are Not Free," try these titles. This list comprises historic fiction and nonfiction works in multiple formats.
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