They Called Us Enemy, the New York Times-bestselling graphic memoir of actor and campaigner George Takei, published by Top Shelf Productions, was announced today as the winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association.
APALA’s literary awards were announced at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, marking a milestone new achievement for the acclaimed bestseller by Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker.
In They Called Us Enemy, the iconic actor, author and activist revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the US government during World War Two, while reflecting on how that experience shaped America and his own astonishing life.
Published in July 2019 by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing, They Called Us Enemy immediately debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and stayed on the list for more than ten weeks. It has been declared one of the year’s best books by such institutions as Amazon, NPR, New York Public Library, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, IGN, and Forbes.
Readers can also take a deeper dive into They Called Us Enemy when a deluxe hardcover edition, packed with unseen bonus material, hits stores in July.
George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father’s — and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future.
In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten “relocation centres,” hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where 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 legalised 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 joined co-writers Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime…
They Called Us Enemy
by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker
• Regular Paperback Edition (Amazon Affiliate Link)
• Deluxe Edition – out in July 2020 (Amazon Affiliate Link)
Published by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing
Distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors and Penguin Random House
• They Called Us Enemy: Nos llamaron Enemigo (Spanish edition)
• They Called Us Enemy: Eine Kindheit im Internierungslager (German Edition for Kindle)
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.