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Joy Kogawa

Canada (b.1935)

Joy Nozomi Kogawa is a Canadian poet and novelist of Japanese descent. Born Joy Nozomi Nakayama in Vancouver, British Columbia, she was sent to internment camps in the Slocan and Coaldale, Alberta during World War II. Although the majority of her writing is poetry, her best-known work is Obasan, a semi-autobiographical novel. A sequel, Itsuka, was rewritten and retitled Emily Kato.
Naomi Nakane
   1. Obasan (1981)
   2. Itsuka (1992)
     aka Emily Kato
   The Splintered Moon (poems) (1967)
   A Choice of Dreams (poems) (1974)
   Jericho Road (poems) (1977)
   Woman in the Woods (poems) (1986)
   A Song of Lilith (poems) (2000)
   A Garden of Anchors (poems) (2003)
Picture Books
Chapter Books
Non fiction
Joy Kogawa recommends
Daughters of Smoke and Fire (2020)
Ava Homa
"There is no more urgent a task for humanity than more fully knowing one another. In our time we are witnessing the betrayal of the Kurds. A betrayal that would not have happened if the world knew them as intimately as we know our own. This desperate gift is what comes our way from Ava Homa, a brave and brilliant storyteller, the first female Kurdish novelist writing in English who shows us, through one family’s story, the stakes faced by 40 million stateless Kurds. Read this book. Raise your voice. We can no longer afford the ‘us and them’ mentality."

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