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March 8, 2024
6:00 pm
7:00 pm

Mako Yoshikawa: SECRETS OF THE SUN And Kyoko Mori: CAT AND BIRD)

Join The Ivy Bookshop for an exciting celebration at Bird in Hand with two authors of recent memoirs: Mako Yoshikawa and Kyoko Mori! Yoshikawa’s new memoir, SECRETS OF THE SUN, is about a daughter’s mission to uncover her father’s secrets and to find closure in the shadow of genius, mental illness, and violence. Kyoko Mori’s CAT AND BIRD is a moving meditation about grief, writing, the imagination, the solitary life, and the wonders of companionship with creatures both domestic and wild. We are in for a treat with an evening of conversation between these two remarkable thinkers who guide us through fresh interpretations of the complex past.

Mako Yoshikawa’s first novel, One Hundred and One Ways, was a national bestseller; it was translated into six languages. Her second novel, Once Removed, has also been translated. The novels have received critical acclaim and coverage in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Detroit News, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Time Out, among other publications. Awards for Mako’s writing include a Bunting Fellowship and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. As a literary critic, she has published articles that explore the relationship between incest and race in 20th-century American fiction.

After her father’s death in 2010, Mako began writing about him and their relationship: essays which have appeared in the Missouri Review, Southern Indiana Review, Harvard Review, Story, LitHub, Longreads, and Best American Essays. These essays became the basis for Secrets of the Sun.

Mako is a professor of creative writing and the director of the MFA program at Emerson College. She lives with her husband and two unruly cats in Boston and Baltimore.

Kyoko Mori is the author of 3 nonfiction books (The Dream of Water; Polite Lies; Yarn) and 4 novels (Shizuko’s Daughter; One Bird; Stone Field, True Arrow; Barn Cat). Her 4th book of nonfiction, Cat and Bird: a memoir, will be published by Belt Publishing in March 2024. Her essays and stories have appeared in The Best American Essays, Harvard Review, The American Scholar, Colorado Review, Conjunctions, and others. She teaches nonfiction-writing in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at George Mason University and the Low-Residency MFA Program at Lesley University. Kyoko lives in Washington, DC with her cats, Miles and Jackson.

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