JFT Book Club Online: Heaven by Mieko Kawakami, moderated by Kris Kosaka

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August 12th, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Cost: Free
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For the upcoming JFT Book Club Online, we will discuss Heaven (ヘヴン) written by Mieko Kawakami, the highly-acclaimed author of Breasts and Eggs (夏物語).

Thursday,  August 12, 2021 @ 4:00PM – 5:00PM (EDT)

Heaven by Mieko Kawakami is available for circulation on JFT OverDrive.  
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The event will be moderated by guest writer Kris Kosaka.


JFT Library Book Club will be conducted through Zoom. Please email the library at library@jftor.org to reserve your seat.
Prior to the meeting, an email will be sent to you with a website link and log-in password to enter the online Zoom meeting.
Please be aware that space may be limited.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email.

Thank you for participating!


Heaven by Mieko Kawakami
Europa Editions, 2021

A bold foray into new literary territory, Kawakami’s novel is told in the voice of a 14-year-old student subjected to relentless torment for having a lazy eye. Instead of resisting, the boy chooses to suffer in complete resignation. The only person who understands what he is going through is a female classmate who suffers similar treatment at the hands of her tormentors.

These raw and realistic portrayals of bullying are counterbalanced by textured exposition of the philosophical and religious debates concerning violence to which the weak are subjected.

Writer Kris Kosaka moved to Japan in 1996 to accept a position teaching high school English at an international school. She fell in love with the country and soon met her future husband, Makoto. They made their home in Kamakura, where Kris continued teaching and writing while raising their two children. Although temporarily in Tampa, FL (her hometown) while their daughter completes her high school education in the States, Kris’s heart is in Japan. In her spare time, Kris enjoys reading and running. Kris is a frequent contributor to The Japan Times, and a regular columnist for their Books pages.

Previous Book Clubs

JFT Book Club Online: Manga – June 10, 2021

JFT Book Club Online: Bring Your Own Book – April 8, 2021

JFT Book Club Online: The Memory Police – February 11, 2021

JFT Book Club Online: Breasts and Egg – November 5, 2020

JFT Book Club Online: Travel Japan – August 20, 2020

JFT Book Club Online – June 11, 2020

Memoirs of a Polar Bear – February 20, 2020

The Little House – December 12, 2019

Mystery Book Club – October 10, 2019

Movies and Books – August 8, 2019

Books and Tea – June 6, 2019


August 12th, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
August 12th, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
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