Live from Vancouver: Historic Joy Kogawa House Summer 2019 Writer-in-Residence Is in the House

Live from Vancouver: Historic Joy Kogawa House Summer 2019 Writer-in-Residence Is in the House

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.

En Parlant Japonais

En Parlant Japonais

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.

Views to the Interior

Views to the Interior

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.