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Escape: One Day We Had to Run
Escape: One Day We Had to Run

Sat, Jun 10


Barnes & Noble

Escape: One Day We Had to Run

In collaboration with Barnes & Noble, join us for a conversation with Wah Chen, author of Escape: One Day We Had to Run. In this collection of illustrated true stories of escape to freedom, readers of all ages are thrust into the plight of those who must flee from injustice and danger.

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Time & Location

Jun 10, 2023, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA


Throughout history, ordinary people have been forced to leave their families and homes because of war, famine, slavery, intolerance, economic and political upheaval, or climate change. Escape: One Day We Had to Run is a picture book that features remarkable true stories of escape, showing how courageous people all around the world have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their flight to freedom.

Graduates of Columbia College and Harvard College, Wah Chen and her identical twin sister Ming are based in Los Angeles and Hong Kong respectively. When they are not writing children’s books, they work in real estate development and education, are avid runners, and museum lovers.  Wah will be joined in conversation by Dr. Priscilla Sands, former Head of the Marlborough School.

"An arresting collection of deep, accessible stories of people on the move"―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED

"A remarkable and beautifully illustrated book which helps children understand what it’s like to be in someone else shoes. The extraordinary achievement is that it is still such a delight to read"―Emily Maitlis, BBC newsreader

"A compelling and inspiring book that contains an array of personal accounts of heroic value, many of which aren’t included in elementary school textbooks. This will undoubtedly be an invaluable resource for educators and students alike"―Manhattan Book Review, 5 STARS

A book signing will follow the program.


A percentage of books purchased in June (including Escape: One Day We Had to Run) at Barnes & Noble at The Grove will benefit Holocaust Museum LA. 

Can't attend? Visit to support us online from 06/01/23 to 06/30/23 by entering Bookfair ID 12650289 at checkout.

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