The JFT Library Book Club Online – The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

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February 11th, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Cost: Free
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Join our first book club of year 2021!

We will discuss the highly-acclaimed novel “The Memory Police (密やかな結晶)” by Yoko Ogawa, shortlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize and finalist of the 2019 National Book Award.


Thursday, February 11, 2020 [3:00 pm – 4:00 pm]




The JFT Library Book Club will be conducted through Zoom. Please email the library at 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!

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
Pantheon, 2019

On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses—until things become much more serious. Most of the island’s inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten.

When a young woman who is struggling to maintain her career as a novelist discovers that her editor is in danger from the Memory Police, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards. As fear and loss close in around them, they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past.

A surreal, provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss, The Memory Police is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language. (book description from

Previous Book Clubs

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


February 11th, 2021 @ 3:00 pm
February 11th, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto Library
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