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Leslie Shimotakahara

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Leslie Shimotakahara's memoir, The Reading List, was winner of the Canada-Japan Literary Prize. Her debut novel, After the Bloom, was published to critical acclaim in 2017, receiving a starred review from Booklist, and her next novel, Red Oblivion, will be released in fall 2019. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Brown University. Leslie lives with her partner in Toronto.

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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

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Leslie Shimotakahara Nice to meet you, too!


Bradley Thank you for adding me as a friend. =)

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


Leslie Shimotakahara Ayesha wrote: "Thanks for adding me to your circle of friends....."

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