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Naomi Shibata Lecture and Book Signing
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Join us for a special evening with Naomi Shibata author of Bend with the Wind and third generation descendant of a San Luis Obispo County pioneering family. Introduction by historian and author Dan Krieger.
Granddaughter of Tameji and Take Eto and daughter of Grace Eto Shibata, Naomi was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and spent holidays on the Eto farm in Los Osos. In 2012, with invaluable assistance from their extended family, Naomi and her mother began work on Grace’s life story and a family biography.
Bend with the Wind is the story of one family’s belief in the American dream. Grace Eto Shibata’s account spans 100 years of family history, beginning with her parents’ immigration to the California’s Central Coast in the early-twentieth century. The story follows a generation of pioneers whose resilience and determination built strong families and strong communities. It shares the values that bound Grace’s tightly knit family and supported Grace throughout her life, a life shaped by World War II, an arranged marriage, a family business, and motherhood. The book presents Grace’s life as a wife, mother, businesswoman, activist, author, and seventy-four-year-old college graduate.