Joy Kogawa, one of North America's most celebrated writers, is the award-winning author of three novels, seven collections of poetry and two books for children. Obasan, which the New York Times called "a tour de force? brilliantly poetic in its sensibility," continues to be taught across North America, and the opera based on her children's book Naomi's Road has toured in Canada and the United States. Kogawa has worked to educate Canadians about the history of Japanese Canadians and is a long-time activist in the areas of peace and reconciliation. In 2010, the Japanese government honoured her with the Order of the Rising Sun.
Did someone order a literary festival? There are a whopping four this week, plus tons of launches and readings (if those weren't enough!).
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Our events are 100% bicoastal this week: there's the Writers at Woody Point Festival over in Newfoundland, and the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts in Sechelt, BC.
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Team ALU is relaxing this weekend after a busy week -- it was so great to see so many of you at WOTS and WORD last weekend! We hope you're enjoying your weekend before the busy holiday season kicks off next week with Thanksgiving. We have a special, tasty treat planned for the ... Read more
Milk and Momotaro. Everything a Canadian does is Canadian. Those lines uttered by Aunt Emily stuck in my mind. A few lines earlier in the paragraph, the Japanese word ‘majime’ appears, making these words in this particular novel something a Canadian had written. What Joy ... Read more
Happy holiday! Because literary events are naturally more scarce in the summertime, we've lumped August together into a supersized, coast-to-coast literary listing! Set your calendar to "month" and plan for these great events.
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