2 events at Kogawa House = Susan Aihoshi reading “Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi + Lunch with Jan Wong, reading “Out of the Blue: A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption, and Yes Happiness”

Please join us for two events this week at Historic Joy Kogawa House:


Family Reading Event

Thursday, May 24, 7:30 to 8:30pm

Admission is free. Books will be for sale with proceeds to our writer-in-residence program


Author 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 the Second World War. 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 photographs. She will also answer questions and sign books.

Lunch with Jan Wong

Saturday, May 26, 12 to 2pm

Tickets are $10 and include a light lunch


Journalist Jan Wong worked for the Globe and Mail, serving as Beijing correspondent from 1988 to 1994, when she returned to write from Canada. In 1996, she published Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now, which was promptly banned in China. After a return trip in the late nineties, she produced a second book entitled Jan Wong’s China, a somewhat less personal account of social life, the economy, and politics in modern-day China.


Subsequent books include Lunch with Jan Wong, Jan Wong (2001), Beijing Confidential: A Tale of Comrades Lost and Found Doubleday Canada, and her newest title Out of the Blues: A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption, and Yes Happiness. Ms. Wong will read from and discuss Out of the Blues over lunch at Historic Joy Kogawa House.


Please join us! Space is limited. To reserve a seat for either event, RSVP to kogawahouse@yahoo.ca.



Ann-Marie Metten

Executive Director


Historic Joy Kogawa House

1450 West 64th Avenue

Vancouver, B.C. V6P 2N4

Tel.: 604-263-6586


Please send mail to :

8107 Cartier Street

Vancouver, B.C. V6P 4T6




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