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Meet George Takei at Barnes & Noble Union Square

Meet George Takei at Barnes & Noble Union Square

Tuesday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Union Square – 33 E. 17th Street (between Broadway and Union Square East)

Admission: $17.41

Actor, author, and activist George Takei will appear at Barnes & Noble Union Square to celebrate the release of his graphic memoir They Called Us Enemy. The New York Times bestseller is a stunning account of Takei’s haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon—and America itself—in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

Known around the world for his role as Hikaru Sulu on the acclaimed television series Star Trek, Takei’s story goes much deeper. After a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in Japanese American internment camps during World War II, Takei has becomine one of the country’s leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality. Mashable named Takei the most influential person on Facebook, with 10.4 million likes and 2.8 million followers on Twitter.

About They Called Us Enemy

In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, people of Japanese descent on the West Coast were rounded up and shipped to “relocation centers.” Hundreds or thousands of miles from home, they would be held for years under armed guard.

They Called Us Enemy is Takei’s firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.

What does it mean to be American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do? To answer these questions, George Takei joins co-writers Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime.


“George Takei’s story reveals the important lessons of the WWII Japanese American Incarceration that still need to be learned today. They Called Us Enemy is a compelling must-read for all ages.” — Karen Korematsu, Founder and Executive Director, Fred T. Korematsu Institute

They Called Us Enemy is truly beautiful—moving, thoughtful, important, engaging, and stunningly rendered. I am so excited to see this book’s impact on the world.” — Jacqueline Woodson, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming

“Riveting . . . Takei has evolved into an increasingly powerful voice for oppressed communities, and They Called Us Enemy finds him at peak moral clarity—an unflinching force in these divisive times.” — The Washington Post

Guidelines for the Signing Event

One ticket grants you admission and one copy of They Called Us Enemy. Takei will sign only copies of They Called Us Enemy and will not sign copies of other books or memorabilia. Photographs are only allowed from the signing line; guests are not allowed to pose for photos or stand behind the table with Takei.

Each guest must have a ticket to enter. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Barnes & Noble’s Eventbrite page.