I hope you will join us at the Historic Joy Kogawa House at our upcoming program on Thursday, July 25, 7:30 to 9:00pm, when I host a panel discussion on diversity in children’s lit with panelists Raymond Nakamura, Mahtab Narsimhan, and Robin Stevenson. Tickets are $5 on Eventbrite. Presented in partnership with Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Canada West.
How do you place yourself in your writing? Do you see yourself an authority? A participant? An outsider?
When I arrive at the Kogawa House and I press the code to let myself in, words leap out of my mouth to fill the empty house: “Tada ima!” The direct translation of this Japanese expression is: here now. A minimal way of saying: I’m home.
I can’t believe my good fortune to be doing my first residency at the Joy Kogawa House. I will be living not only in Joy Kogawa’s childhood home, which has provided her and countless Canadians with so much inspiration, but I will also be living blocks away from where my mother lived in the late 1930s.
Join us for an evening that spotlights local emerging writers, including Natalie Lim, winner of the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize. Natalie will read with a list of amazing new writers.