Join us as we host award-winning author KASHIWABA Sachiko
for two very special events in Toronto on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24!
Friday, September 23, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (ET) at JFT Event Hall
The Japan Foundation, Toronto is pleased to invite you to a special, in-person event featuring KASHIWABA Sachiko, celebrated writer of Japanese children’s and young adult fiction. Ms. Kashiwaba will sit down with Canadian author Rui Umezawa to discuss Japanese folklore, the importance of passing down cultural stories, differences between traditional tales and modern fantasy stories, and much more! The speakers will discuss Temple Alley Summer (2021), the first of Ms. Kashiwaba’s novels to be translated into English and the winner of the 2022 Mildred L. Batchelder Award, as well as other works Ms. Kashiwaba hopes to introduce to the English readership. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask Ms. Kashiwaba their own questions during the Q+A.
Saturday, September 24, 7:30 PM (ET) at Innis Town Hall Theatre
Doors Open at 7:00PM • Book Signing at 7:00PM
17-year-old run-away Yui and 8-year-old Hiyori, who lost her family and her voice, have no place to go when they run into Kiwa, a strange old lady. She offers them a place to stay, in a slightly banged-up old house overlooking the sea, a Mayoiga. Despite joining Kiwa on a whim, the two girls find comfort in Mayoiga, a legendary house, said to look after lost travelers, and the warm hospitality of Kiwa. Both girls’ damaged hearts begin to heal little by little. Until one day, a variety of strange beings which Kiwa calls “Fushigitto” begin popping up around the house.
Author KASHIWABA Sachiko will be in-attendance for a pre-show book signing session and a post-show Q&A.