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      May 7, 2019

      Tuesday   7:30 PM

      453 South Spring Street
      Los Angeles, California 90013

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      All Ships Follow Me by Mieke Eerkens

      Note: Your ticket includes - and is the same price as - the book. The Last Bookstore is pleased to present local author Mieke Eerkens and her debut book about her family's experience on both sides of World War II, All Ships Follow Me. Join us for a riveting discussion of her parents' epic love story across three continents from opposite sides of the war and the ripple effects on the entire family. You won't want to miss this incredible story.   In March 1942, Mieke Eerkens’ father was a ten-year-old boy living in the Dutch East Indies. When the Japanese invaded the island he, his family, and one hundred thousand other Dutch civilians were interned in a concentration camp and forced into hard labor for three years. After the Japanese surrendered, Mieke’s father and his family were set free in a country that plunged immediately into civil war.   Across the globe in the Netherlands, police carried a crying five-year-old girl out of her home at war’s end, abandoned and ostracized as a daughter of Nazi sympathizers. This was Mieke's mother. She would be left on the street in front of her sealed home as her parents were taken away and imprisoned in the same camps where the country’s Jews had recently been held. Many years later, Mieke’s parents met, got married, and moved to California, where she and her siblings were born. While her parents lived far from the events of their past, the effects of the war would continue to be felt in their daily lives and in the lives of their children.   All Ships Follow Me moves from Indonesia to the Netherlands to the United States, and spans generations, as Mieke recounts her parents' lives during and just after the war, and travels with them in the present day to the sites of their childhood in an attempt to understand their experiences and how it formed them. All Ships Follow Me is a deeply personal, sweeping saga of the wounds of war, and the way trauma can be passed down through generations. Mieke Eerkens' writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Creative Nonfiction, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Guernica, among others. She earned an M.A. in English from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Eerkens teaches creative writing online for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program and as a visiting instructor for the Iowa Summer Writing Program. She divides her time between Amsterdam and California. All Ships Follow Me is her first book. All events are subject to cancellation,  so please check back.

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