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Book reading Oct. 10 at Layton City Hall

Article Published 10/06/2014

The Heritage Museum of Layton will host a book reading of “Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp,” with its author --  Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey -- on Friday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. in the Layton City Council Chambers, 437 North Wasatch Drive.
The  event, co-sponsored by the Utah Humanities Councils’ Salt Lake Book Festival, is free and open to the public.
Some of the author’s recent art works will also be on display in City Hall.
The book is a history of Lily’s internment during World War II at the Granada War Relocation Center (also known as Camp Amache).  The camp was located in southwest Colorado about a mile west of the small Colorado farming community of Granada.  
The center was one of ten that were created by the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Nearly all of those interned at Camp Amache came from the West Coast of the U.S., mostly from the Los Angeles area. 
Each person was only allowed to bring one bag, therefore, many people were forced to sell what they could or give away their possession before being forced out.
Lily was born in Los Angeles and went to the Camp Amache as a young girl. After the war, Lily was educated in Boston, Mass. and Utah.  She currently lives in Salt Lake City with her husband John. 
She taught school for 13 years and had a stained glass business for more than three decades from which she is semi-retired.