Family Reading Evening

When: Thursday, May 24, 7:30 to 8:30pm
Where: Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: Admission by donation, but space is limited. To RSVP, please email

Susan Aihoshi will read from her new book, Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi, the latest title in the Dear Canada series published by Scholastic Canada. Torn Apart is the fictional diary of a young girl growing up in Vancouver during WWII. Mary enjoys school, her family and friends, and going to Girl Guides. But Japan bombs Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and life for Mary, her family, and the entire Japanese Canadian community in British Columbia changes dramatically.

Susan’s reading will be followed by a short presentation of related period and other photos. Afterwards, she will answer questions and sign books.

Susan Aihoshi is a third-generation Japanese Canadian who was born in Toronto. She studied creative writing at Victoria College, part of the University of Toronto, and graduated with two degrees in English literature.

Most of Susan’s career has been in publishing. Her long-time love of books was fostered by seventeen years at Books in Canada magazine, working with this country’s best writers and editors. Since then, she has worked at other book publishers and is currently a freelance editor.

The publication in February 2012 of Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi fulfills Susan’s long-time dream to be an author.