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Leslie Shimotakahara

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Leslie Shimotakahara's memoir, The Reading List, won the Canada-Japan Literary Prize, and her fiction has been shortlisted for the KM Hunter Artist Award. She has written two critically acclaimed historical novels, After the Bloom and Red Oblivion. After the Bloom received a starred review from Booklist and appeared on Book Riot’s “The Best Books You’ve Never Heard of (Summer 2021),” while Kirkus Review praised Red Oblivion for displaying “virtuosity in this subtle deconstruction of one family’s tainted origins.” In 2018, Leslie served on the jury of the Governor General’s Non-fiction Award. She holds a PhD in English from Brown University. Leslie lives with her husband in the west end of Toronto. ...more

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Leslie Shimotakahara Actually, in my new novel, After the Bloom, I draw upon a mystery in my own life as a point of inspiration -- the mystery surrounding the grandfather …moreActually, in my new novel, After the Bloom, I draw upon a mystery in my own life as a point of inspiration -- the mystery surrounding the grandfather I never knew. He died before I was born of a stroke, according to my grandmother, though as I grew older, I discovered this was not exactly the case (in fact, he commit suicide). This troubled figure, who was quite a rebel in his youth and lived through the Japanese internment during the Second World War, becomes in my novel the basis for the character, Kaz, a rabble rouser in the internment camp at the story's centre. (less)
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After the Bloom

3.51 avg rating — 202 ratings — published 2017 — 5 editions
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Red Oblivion

3.52 avg rating — 88 ratings — published 2019 — 6 editions
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3.94 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Leslie Shimotakahara Nice to meet you, too!


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Mark Rayner Nice to meet another Canadian writer here Leslie -- thanks for adding me as a friend!


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