Sunday, May 1, 2011

Japanese Canadian author Joy Kogawa reading at the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday, May 7, 2011

(Joy Kogawa beside the old cherry tree at the family home where she lived her first six years, before her family's forced removal and detainment with other Japanese Canadians during World War II. Photo: Kogawa Homestead)

)Japanese Canadian writer Joy Kogawa, author of Obasan, the classic novel on the Japanese North American World War II-period forced removal and detainment will be in Los Angeles at an event held at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, May 7, 2011:
8+1: A Symposium: Voices from The Asian American Literary Review is a day-long celebration of Asian American literature and Asian American writers. Featuring paired readings and Q&A sessions by established and emerging authors whose work has or will appear in the pages of the literary journal The Asian American Literary Review.

Readers include Joy Kogawa, Kip Fulbeck, Rishi Reddi, R. Zamora Linmark, Reese Okyong Kwon, Viet Nguyen, Hiromi Itō with translator Jeffrey Angles, Ray Hsu, and Brian Ascalon Roley.

Community sponsors include the Japanese American National Museum, the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California Irvine, Poets & Writers, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA English Department and the UCLA Friends of English, the USC Asian American Studies Program, the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association Giant Robot, Hyphen Magazine, Audrey Magazine, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, the Asian American Journalists Association's Los Angeles Chapter, and Philippine Expressions Bookshop.

Come to any or all of the readings; stay and get your books signed by the authors. Free to the public. For more information about the Asian American Literary Review, visit
More on Joy Kogawa at this TTT post originally posted at the Kyoto Journal website, "Repairing Broken History: Japanese Canadian author Joy Kogawa's childhood home in Vancouver saved."

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