The Program

Joy Kogawa

Date and time: Monday, June 3, 7:45 - 8:55 a.m.

Joy Kogawa is a Canadian poet and novelist. Born in Vancouver in 1935, she and her family were sent to an internment camp for Japanese Canadians during World War II. She writes about the experience in her critically acclaimed novel Obasan, which won the 1982 Books in Canada First Novel Award, along with many other accolades. Kogawa later adapted the story into a children’s book, Naomi’s Road. Her other novels include Itsuka and The Rain Ascends. She has also published several collections of poetry, including Woman in the Woods and A Song of Lilith. Kogawa is a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2010 was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese Government. Kogawa is currently writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto.

Event sponsored by the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria.



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