Thursday, January 30
California State Capitol
9:00am – Dr. Loriene
Honda & her father Lawrence Honda will be recognized on the Assembly Floor
(arrive early to get a seat in the Gallery – it may be
“The Cat Who Chose to Dream” Book Reception
10:00am (after Assembly
adjourns) – hosted by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada
State Capitol, Room 317
(At this time, we do
not know if books will be available)
Elementary in Davis, CA
interview panel, book reading, signing
Books will be
available for purchase & signed by Dr. Loriene Honda!
40% of all sales will
be donated to the Korematsu Elementary PTO!
Celebration for Dr.
The Pence Gallery
212 D Street, Davis, CA
Books will be
available to purchase & signed by Dr. Loriene Honda!
The Cat Who Chose to
Dream is available at The California
Museum in Sacramento, The Avid Reader in Davis, CA, and online at Amazon &
Barnes & Noble and direct from Martin Pearl Publishing. Signed copies are
located at The California Museum and
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 27, 2014
For Immediate Release:
January 27, 2014
Contact: Cat Nou – (916) 319-2004
Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the
Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) will recognize Davis constituent
and children’s book author, Dr. Loriene Honda, on the Assembly Floor on
“Fred Korematsu Day”, Thursday, January 30th. Dr. Honda will
be accompanied by her father, Mr. Lawrence Honda, who was interned at
the Manzanar War Relocation Center during World War II. Assemblymember
Yamada’s family members were also Manzanar internees.
“In honor of Fred Korematsu Day, it is
important to reflect upon our civil rights and the heroes who stood up
to protect them,” stated Assemblymember Yamada.
“Inspired by illustrations by the late
renowned artist and Sacramento native, Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, Dr.
Honda’s book, ‘The Cat Who Chose to Dream’ tells Jimmy the Cat’s tale of
triumph over tragedy and freedom over fear during the Japanese American
internment during World War II. My hope is that young readers will be
empowered to stand up for themselves and for others by reading this
Dr. Honda is a child and adolescent
psychologist, using art to help children distance themselves from the
pain of abuse and neglect so that they can make strides towards healing.
Currently, Dr. Honda serves her community through her private practice
In 2010, AB 1775 established the “Fred
Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution” to honor Asian
American Civil Rights Hero, Fred Korematsu, who defied orders of removal
during World War II. His failure to report to the internment camp later
became the subject of a Supreme Court case challenging the
constitutionality of forced incarceration of Japanese American citizens.
Assemblymember Yamada will host a reception in
honor of Dr. Honda and her book at 10:00 am in Capitol Room 317. Members
of the public are invited to attend. Please RSVP by calling (916)
Date: January 21, 2014
The Cat Who Chose to Dream,
A Children’s Book, to be Recognized as
Part of Fred Korematsu Day at the California State Capitol on January 30
Dixon, CA –
The Cat Who Chose to Dream, a children’s book featuring the art of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, who was formerly incarcerated at Tule Lake, will be recognized at the California State Capitol on Fred Korematsu Day, January 30, 2014. Fred Korematsu Day commemorates Fred T. Korematsu, a Japanese American who was arrested for his refusal to report to a Japanese American prison camp during World War II.
Dr. Loriene Honda, author of The
Cat Who Chose to Dream, and Mr. Lawrence Honda, Dr. Honda’s father who was held at Manzanar, will be recognized on the Assembly floor.
Assembly Member Mariko Yamada, herself the daughter of Japanese Americans who were imprisoned at Manzanar, has helped coordinate the recognition for
The Cat Who Chose to Dream at the Capitol.
Fred T. Korematsu was born on January 30, 1919 to Japanese immigrant parents. He refused to go to the World War II prison camps, and was arrested. Fred challenged this breach of constitutional rights in court, losing ultimately at the Supreme Court in 1944. Dissenting from the decision, Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy pronounced the court’s judgment the “legalization of racism.” After the War, Fred did not talk about what had happened for years. Later in his life, he began to speak out for civil rights again. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton. During the last years of his life, Fred sought to protect the civil rights of people of Middle Eastern descent after September 11, 2001. Fred passed away in 2005 in Northern California.
The Cat Who Chose to Dream shares the story of a cat’s choice to be incarcerated at a World War II prison camp as a gesture of loving support to the Japanese American family to whom he belongs. We witness through the cat’s eyes the devastating condition of the camp, as well as the sense of injustice he feels seeing his family go through this demoralizing experience. Young readers also share in the cat’s triumph over feelings of hopelessness and anger, as they witness the cat’s use of breathing and visualization exercises that help transport his creative mind to a place in his heart where he no longer feels encumbered and restrained, but self-empowered and free. Through the beautiful artwork of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, and the inclusion of therapeutic relaxation and visualization techniques, child psychologist Loriene Honda demonstrates how the imaginative mind can prove to be one’s most powerful tool in surpassing adversity.
“It is my hope that the book will be of great benefit not only to young readers, grades 2nd to 5th specifically, but to educators, therapists, and general audiences as well.” said Dr. Honda.
Assembly Member Yamada will host a reception for Dr. Honda in Room 317 of the State Capitol on January 30th at 10am. Members of the public are invited to attend. Please contact her office at (916) 319-2004 for any questions or to RSVP.
For more information and/or to schedule an interview with Dr. Loriene Honda,
contact Angelina McKinsey at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-318-4970.
Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School, Davis, CA, 6:30-8:00pm. Dr. Honda will be included in program,
a reading of children’s book & book signing, 40% of book sales donated to school’s PTO.
The California Museum in Sacramento
www.californiamuseum.org offering exhibits related to this topic.
Legacy of a Lost Neighborhood – Jan 25 11:00-1:00;
Art of Gaman – Jan 19-May 11;
Time of Remembrance – Jan 21-Mar 21
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: June 10, 2013
Contact: Angelina McKinsey
Heidi Joulios, Author of Color My Coral
Appearing at Westfield Galleria Mall in Roseville and Bounty Books in Vacaville to Educate Youth About the Effects of Pollution on Coral Reefs
Dixon, CA - Heidi Joulios, Author and illustrator of Color My Coral,
and her whimsy and wacky oceanic friends will lead children through a
fun, energetic and colorful presentation about coral reef bleaching and
pollution. On Saturday, June 15, Heidi Joulios will appear at Bounty Books in Vacaville at 11:00am and at the Westfield Galleria Mall in Roseville at 4:00 pm. Learning Express Toys is hosting the Roseville event in the Center Court of the mall.
Color My Coral is Heidi’s newest book on water pollution and coral reefs and follows Snow Cones Are Forever a children’s book about global warming. Come out and meet Heidi and the Color My Coral characters. The event will kick off with Heidi's entertaining reading of Color My Coral and continue with time for book signing and visiting with Heidi.
“My vision is to inspire change, one book at a time,” Heidi Joulios explained. “I write and illustrate storybooks that capture imagination using whimsy, humor and surprise, while informing and inspiring young readers about challenging topics.”
Heidi has been touring schools and libraries in Northern California, educating students about pollution and marine life with her “no cost” educational assemblies featuring Color My Coral.
“Greatly impressed by Heidi’s presentation,” Woodland Public Library Youth Services Librarian Cara Baker reported. “The kids were intrigued and attentive. Heidi was gracious and hands-on and worked hard to make her presentation relatable. A success all around!”
Color My Coral is a children’s storybook that takes readers on an adventurous dive into “turbulent seawaters” for a “deeper” look at the impact of pollution on coral reef habitat.
Readers follow Loretta the Crab as she mistakes human garbage for “treasure” and injures the coral when she brings it home for decoration.This book also contains many features that enhance literacy development. Kids are captivated by the book’s whimsical characters and
delightful storyline while developing a valuable connection to the ocean and some of the marvelous creatures living there. It’s a compelling tale that can lead to discussions about solutions to water pollution with children. Heidi created an Activity Coloring Book as a perfect companion to the storybook, filled with fun coloring pages and aquatic facts.
For more information about Heidi Joulios or to schedule a Color My Coral educational presentation, visit www.HeidiJoulios.com. For media interviews and information, contact Angelina McKinsey, email@example.com, (707) 318-4970 .
877 Merchant Street
Vacaville, CA 95688
When: Saturday, June 15 at 11:00 AM
LEARNING EXPRESS TOYS
Westfield Galleria Mall
Roseville, CA 95678
When: Saturday, June 15th at 4:00 PM
Raw Food Expert & Author's new book about local 14 Day Raw Challenge
Raw food expert Lisa Montgomery of Royersford, PA prepared for writing her fifth book by hosting several raw events in the Philadelphia area.
Local raw food guru, expert and Chef Lisa Montgomery spent the last two weeks of July 2012 gathering research and information for her book, Raw Challenge. Lisa didn't turn to her books or the kitchen for her research. Instead she hosted a free 14 Day Raw Challenge where she encouraged participants to give their input to help her create a guide for others to turn to a raw lifestyle.
The kick-off event for the free 14 Day Raw Challenge was held on Saturday, July 14th at 10 a.m. at Kimberton Whole Foods in Kimberton, PA.
Ms. Montgomery invited another expert to help those who are new to raw living get ready for their 2 week lifestyle change! In the week leading up to the Raw Challenge, raw food author and chef - Cherie Soria gave four free lectures, provided demos and signed her books about living a raw lifestyle in the Chester/Montgomery county area. Cherie is the founder and director of Living Light Culinary Institute in California. She appeared in Phoenixville, Collegeville, Royersford and Wayne, PA.
For more information about Cherie, the culinary institute or to register for her lectures, go here.
For more information on Lisa Montgomery, go to her website: Living Dynamically