Jun 3

Big Thinking

On the Edge of Always
Joy Kogawa
Monday, June 3, 2013

What matters is not so much how one gets there – by land, air, faith, hell or by dancing naked along the beach on the shallow edge of the sea. What matters is to be there.

For this Big Thinking lecture, Canadian author and poet Joy Kogawa invites us to join her on a journey as she reflects on her writing process and the story explored in her work-in-progress “Gently to Nagasaki." 

Born in Vancouver in 1935, Joy Kogawa 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.


Big Thinking Supporting Sponsors:

Association of Universities and Colleges of CanadaCanada Foundation for Innovation