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Award winning writer Mark Rawitsch to read in Healdsburg

Saturday, July 20th, 2013 | Posted by

On Sunday, July 21, two writers from the area will read from their works at the Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon.

Mark Rawitsch, author of The House on Lemon Street, a book that tells the story of Japanese immigrants, Jukichi and Ken Harada and their “decision to fight for the American dream.”

The book details the couple and their push-back against the California Alien Land Law of 1913, first by purchasing a home in the names of their children to bypass the law denying them the right to own land, then by challenging the law in The People v. Jukichi-Harada. The family was also incarcerated during World War II. The family participated “in the struggle for human and civil rights, social justice, property and legal rights and fair treatment of immigrants,” according to the book.

Rawitsch is the recently retired dean of instruction at Mendocino College, as well as a founding member of Harada House National Historic Landmark Ad-Hoc Advisory Council of the City of Riverside.

The House on Lemon Street was published by the University Press of Colorado, and is the first book in the George and Sakaye Aratani Nikkei in the Americas Series. The book is the inaugural winner in the Crader Family Book Prize in American Family Values.

Writer, humorist and philosopher Dixon Wragg will also read at the Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon. He is a former conservative Christian who now considers himself a “rationalist, skeptic and atheist.”  His column “The Gospel According to Dixon,” appears on WaccoBB.net. His humor has been published in the Washington Post and Fantasy and Science Fiction.

The Salon is from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave. Open mic sign-ups begin at 1 p.m.

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