Mako Yoshikawa and Kyoko Mori discuss their new memoirs

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Friday, April 12, 2024 - 7:00pm

Please Join Us for Mako Yoshikawa and Kyoko Mori discuss their new memoirs

On Friday, April 12th at 7 PM

Mako Yoshikawa’s father, Shoichi, was a man of contradictions. He grew up fabulously wealthy in prewar Japan but spent his final years living in squalor; he was a proper Japanese man who craved society’s approval yet cross-dressed; he was a brilliant Princeton University physicist and renowned nuclear fusion researcher, yet his career withered as his severe bipolar disorder tightened its grip. And despite his generosity and charisma, he was often violent and cruel toward those closest to him. Yoshikawa adored him, feared him, and eventually cut him out of her life, but after he died, she was driven to try to understand this extraordinarily complex man. In Secrets of the Sun, her search takes her through everything from the Asian American experience of racism to her father’s dedication to fusion energy research, from mental illness to the treatment of women in Japan, and more. Yoshikawa gradually discovers a life filled with secrets, searching until someone from her father’s past at last provides the missing piece in her knowledge: the story of his childhood. Secrets of the Sun is about a daughter’s mission to uncover her father’s secrets and to find closure in the shadow of genius, mental illness, and violence.


Mako Yoshikawa is the author of the novels Once Removed and One Hundred and One Ways. Her essays have been published in LitHub, Harvard Review, Southern Indiana Review, Missouri Review, and Best American Essays, among other places. She is a professor of creative writing and directs the MFA program at Emerson College. She lives in Boston and Baltimore.


Kyoko Mori is the author of three nonfiction books (The Dream of Water; Polite Lies; Yarn) and four novels (Shizuko’s Daughter; One Bird; Stone Field, True Arrow; Barn Cat). Her essays and stories have appeared in The Best American Essays, Harvard Review, the American Scholar, Colorado Review, Conjunctions, and other venues. She teaches nonfiction writing in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at George Mason University and the Low-Residency MFA Program at Lesley University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her cats, Miles and Jackson.

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79 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478
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Secrets of the Sun: A Memoir (21st Century Essays) By Mako Yoshikawa Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814258934
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Mad Creek Books - February 8th, 2024

Mako Yoshikawa’s father, Shoichi, was a man of contradictions.

Cat and Bird: A Memoir By Kyoko Mori Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953368690
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Belt Publishing - March 5th, 2024

From the critically acclaimed author of Shizuko's Daughter (a New York Times Notable Book) and Yarn, comes a fascinating new memoir about animals, loss, and finding a home in the world. Cat and Bird, a "memoir in animals," is anchored around Kyoko Mori's relationship with the six house cats who defined the major eras of her life as a writer: Dorian, Oscar, Ernest, Algernon, Miles, and Jackson.

Age Group(s): 
Adult (19 - Boomer)