Just Released: MAKING HOME FROM WAR, Edited by Brian Komei Dempster


Self missed the release party for Making Home From War:  Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement, edited by Brian Komei Dempster:  it was on the 27th of last month (Self missed a lot of things last month:  Seems she might have left half of her brain in Bacolod!)

Brian is an amazing writer.  And he teaches full-time at USF.  And he has a little boy.  And self doesn’t know how he manages to do it all.

Jay went, though. And there’s another reading coming up, the 12th of March, though that one’s in LA, at the Japanese American National Museum.

Other upcoming events:

  • April 16, 3 – 5 pm, Yu-Ai Kai, San Jose
  • May 24, 6:30 pm, San Francisco Main Library

About the book:

Written by twelve Japanese American elders who gathered regularly at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Making Home From War is a collection of stories about their exodus from concentration camps into a world that in a few short years had drastically changed.  In order to survive, they found the resilience they needed in the form of community, and gathered reserves of strength from family and friends.

Self asked Brian if she could ask him a few questions for an interview, and he graciously agreed to do it next week, when he is on spring break.

The publisher is Heyday Books.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

A Class of Incredible Writers

There are some incredible writers in self’s UCLA Extension creative writing class, the one that she’s teaching right now. Incredible. They are so incredible that, every day, self can’t wait to check the students’ assignments. She’s handing out names of literary journals like so many lollipops. God, what Read the rest of this entry »

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