The Dancehall Years with Joan Haggerty

New novel by Joan Haggerty

New novel by Joan Haggerty tells of a disappeared Japanese Canadian during the Second World War

Young Gwen Killam enjoys idyllic summers on Bowen Island until the sudden disappearance of her swimming teacher, Takumi Yoshito, along with his parents. The novel goes on to trace an intricate and intimate geography of time, place, and people from the Depression, to Pearl Harbor, to the 1980s.

Joan Haggerty spent her formative years “on the coast in cedars and salt water,” but then lived abroad, writing and publishing a book about teaching as well as the experimental feminist novel, Daughters of the Moon (1971). It was praised by Marge Piercy and John Irving. Joan Haggerty returned to British Columbia, where she published The Invitation (1994), a memoir about re-uniting with the child she gave up for adoption. It was nominated for a Governor General’s Award. The Dancehall Years (Mother Tongue) was published earlier this summer. Tracy Sherlock of the Vancouver Sun called it a “gorgeously rendered novel.”

Please join us as we welcome author Joan Haggerty with refreshments and music. Copies of the novel will be available for sale and signing.

When: Saturday, September 10, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver

Cost: By donation

It Isn’t Easy to Read When You’re Blind

Bishop-Stall discusses blindness and literacy with Ryan Knighton and Jacqui Bishop

Bishop-Stall discusses blindness and literacy with Ryan Knighton and Jacqui Bishop

Acclaimed sight-impaired author Ryan Knighton (Cockeyed, C’mon Papa) and Jacqui Bishop, a reader of books for the blind, speak with Kogawa House writer-in-residence Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall about literacy and accessibility of books for sight-impaired readers.

When: Monday, September 12, at 7 p.m.

Where: Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street

Cost: Free

Joy Kogawa Launches Her Latest Book

Joy Kogawa's memoir of her tireless search for healing and restoration, personally and for her community

Joy Kogawa’s memoir of her tireless search for healing and restoration, personally and for her community

Joy Kogawa’s new memoir, Gently to Nagasaki is presented in partnership with LiterAsian, the Vancouver Public Library, and Caitlin Press. This intimate exploration, both communal and intensely personal, invites you on a spiritual pilgrimage of forgiveness and resilience. Set in Vancouver and Toronto, the outposts of Slocan and Coaldale, the streets of Nagasaki and the high mountains of Shikoku, Japan, it is also an account of a remarkable life.

When: Thursday, September 22, 6:30pm

Where: Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street

Cost: Free

Three Events with Word Vancouver

Word Vancouver Festival, Wednesday, September 21, to Sunday, September 25

Word Vancouver Festival, Wednesday, September 21, to Sunday, September 25

(1) Sober Second Thoughts with Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
Reading and Q&A, in partnership with Word Vancouver

While living at Historic Joy Kogawa House since July 2016 Toronto journalist and author Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall has articulate the social history of the effects of alcohol on our selves, our psyches, and our societies; the non-fiction work completed is part memoir. Reading and discussion will offer s an opportunity to join a conversation about society’s relationship with alcohol.

Until recently Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall was the proprietor of The Lowdown – a subterranean watering hole in Toronto’s Kensington Market – the ideal place to finish research on his new book to be published by Harper Collins in 2017.

Presented by Historic Joy Kogawa House with the support of the Canada Council and the BC Arts Council.

When: Friday, September 23, 7:30 to 9:00pm

Where: Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver

Cost: By donation

(2) Life Stories 

Joy Kogawa reads from Gently to Nagasaki (Caitlin Press $24.95) at Word Vancouver, with host Scott Steedman

When: Sunday, September 25, 1:30 pm

Where: Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street

Cost: Free

(3) Writing from Within: Memoir and Identity

Panel discussion presented by Hapa-palooza. With Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall, Betsy Warland, Naomi Wakan, and Brandy Lien-Worrall. Moderated by Anna Ling Kaye.

When: Sunday, September 25, 2:40 pm

Where: Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street

Cost: Free