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Gail Tsukiyama (ONLINE)
July 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Kepler’s is thrilled to announce an event with Gail Tsukiyama, the acclaimed and bestselling author of 8 novels, and a staff favorite who embodies the best of Bay Area literature. Born in San Francisco to a Chinese mother from Hong Kong and a Japanese father from Hawaii, Tsukiyama’s talent has garnered an equally international reach and literary acclaim. She has spoken to large crowds at book festivals from Sydney to Hong Kong, and was one of a few authors selected to speak at the first-ever Library of Congress National Book Festival. The Samurai’s Garden is a staple of college curriculums, and Tsukiyama has won both an Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miller Literary Award.
In short, this is one dynamically talented speaker you don’t want to miss.
The Color of Air, Tsukiyama’s latest evocative historical novel, portrays a family grappling with its past against the backdrop of Hawai’i’s sugar plantations.
Dr. Daniel Abe quietly returns home to Hawai’i after the traumatic loss of a patient, boarding a ship to the Big Island right as the Mauna Loa begins to stir. On the island, Daniel’s uncle and childhood friend await his arrival while internally contending with their own connections to the young man and his family. Each character holds secrets in a private world as the volcano comes to life.
These interweaving storylines alternate between a volcanic 1935 to a time decades prior— a rich, vibrant, bittersweet celebration of lifelong bonds the characters feel to one another and to their immigrant community. In the backdrop of Mauna Loa, old secrets kept below the surface now threaten to blend inescapably with the present. Don’t miss Tsukiyama as she delves into this triumphant work of fiction.
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