Bradford Pearson, author of “The Eagles of Heart Mountain: A True Story of Football, Incarceration, and Resistance in World War II America,” will discuss his new book at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, in a live, online free event presented by the Lewes Public Library and Browseabout Books.
“The Eagles of Heart Mountain” is an impeccably researched, deeply moving, never-before-told story about a Japanese-American incarceration camp in Wyoming and its extraordinary high school football team. During the team’s undefeated 1943 season, the Eagles soared over competitors from nearby, predominantly white high schools. Pearson highlights the struggles, disruptions, and political tensions amid all the excitement. His inspiring tale honors the resilience of extraordinary heroes and the power of sports during one of the darkest moments in American history.
The live, Zoom-based discussion will begin at 5 p.m., Jan. 6, and is free to the public. Registration is required under Virtual Programs for Adults at lewes.lib.de.us. Participants are encouraged to support the author by purchasing a copy of the book from local independent bookstore Browseabout Books. Each copy purchased comes with an archival bookplate signed by the author. Orders may be placed online, in person, or by calling the store at 302-226-2665.
"This is an underdog story for the ages. Ripped from their homes by racist officials, Japanese-American kids learn to play football in a remote Wyoming concentration camp – and soon become an unstoppable force. Pearson is a brilliant storyteller, and ‘The Eagles of Heart Mountain’ will have you rooting for its young heroes as they defy bigotry and barbed wire,” said Jason Fagone, journalist and bestselling author of “The Woman Who Smashed Codes.”
Bradford Pearson is the former features editor of Southwest: The Magazine. He has written for The New York Times, Esquire, Time, and Salon, among many other publications. He grew up in Hyde Park, N.Y., and now lives in Philadelphia. “The Eagles of Heart Mountain” is his first book. Pearson will be in conversation with Jason Gay, The Wall Street Journal’s sports columnist and a humor columnist for its Review section. Gay was named 2016 Sports Columnist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists and authored the bestselling book “Little Victories: A Sportswriter’s Notes on Winning at Life.”
The Lewes Public Library anticipates the needs of the community and adapts, creates and supports classes and programs for all ages that encourage a love of reading, exploration and discovery. It provides access for a wide variety of educational, informational and recreational materials to all members of the community through traditional resources and emerging technologies. For more information, visit lewes.lib.de.us.
Browseabout Books is an independent bookstore located in Rehoboth Beach known not only for books, but also a fantastic selection of toys, stationery, and unique gifts. Founded by the Crane family in 1975, Browseabout has expanded and reinvented itself many times while evolving into one of the nation's top independent bookstores. For more information, visit browseaboutbooks.com.