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Leza Lowitz and Shogo OketanI Book Signing

When: August 3, 2014

From: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Leza Lowitz and Shogo OketanI will be speaking about and signing their new book Jet Black and the Ninja Wind.

 

Seventeen-year-old Jet Black is a ninja. There’s only one problem—she doesn’t know it. Others do, however, and they’re scheming to capture her and uncover her secrets. When her mother dies, Jet knows only that she must go to Japan to protect a family treasure hidden in her ancestral land. She’s terrified, but if Jet won’t fight to protect her world, who will? Stalked by bounty hunters and desperately in love with the man who’s been sent to kill her, Jet must be strong enough to protect the treasure, preserve an ancient culture, and save a sacred mountain from destruction. Set in the American Southwest and in the sacred Japanese North Country, “Jet Black & the Ninja Wind” weaves together the story of the Navajo Code Talkers and Japan’s indigenous Emishi tribe. In Jet Black and the Ninja Wind, multiple award-winning author, poet, and translator team Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani make their first foray into young adult fiction with a compulsively readable tale whose teenage heroine must discover if she can put the blade above the heart—or die trying.

 

Winner of the 2013-2014 Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature

“[T]his novel is akin to a teen Da Vinci Code with ninjas; the high-stakes plot is woven with layers of mythology, intrigue, and romance.”—School Library Journal

 

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Leza Lowitz is a California girl who lives in Tokyo. Always willing to go to any length and travel any distance to discover who she was and how to be happy, she met her soulmate at a jazz club in Yokohama, and moved to Japan to be with him. Ten years later, Leza and Shogo undertook the crazy project of opening a yoga studio in Tokyo. Three years after that, they adopted a beautiful boy and rescued two dogs, starting a family in their mid-forties.

Leza and Shogo often write together, and only occasionally drive each other crazy. Building a bridge from East to West, they’ve collaborated on a book about kanji, a collection of poetry by a pacifist Japanese soldier, and a trilogy about a young female ninja. Other couples finish each other’s sentences. They finish each other’s books.

From an early age Leza dreamed of being Bruce Lee or Joan Didion. She’s still working on that combination.

For over two decades, she’s been bringing together the worlds of writing and spirituality, charting her quest in over seventeen books and in the New York Times online, Yoga JournalShambhala SunThe Best Buddhist Writing 2011,The Huffington PostThe Japan Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Her award-winning poetry has been translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, Burmese and Farsi.

Sarah Stark Book Signing

When: August 24, 2014

From: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Sarah Stark will be reading and signing her new novel, Out There.

 

A young U.S. Army veteran (Jefferson Long Soldier) returns home safely after two tours of duty in Iraq, convinced that the book he carried with him (One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez) saved his life. But as hard as he tries to reclaim his peaceful life in Santa Fe, the dark memories of war keep haunting him. After an unsuccessful attempt to seek care at the local VA hospital, he finds an alternative therapist who helps him reach a decision about what to do. Jefferson decides that he needs to tell his story to García Márquez, whom he refers to affectionately as GGM, so he borrows his cousin Nigel’s motorcycle and rides south across the border to Mexico in search of the famous author. The adventure that follows is a heart-warming journey of healing and self-discovery that will stay with you.

Humorous, redemptive and awash in magic realism, Out There is a beautiful homage to Gabriel García Márquez and a celebration of books that have a made a difference in our lives.

 

“…a glowing road-trip of magical realism. Stark shows love for the revered writer in both knowledge of his work and reflection of his style.” – Pasatiempo

 

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Sarah Stark is a former policy analyst who wrote about international security issues, including nuclear nonproliferation and peacekeeping. For the last fourteen years she has made her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she currently teaches literature and creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). She is happily married and the mother of four wonderful children.

Sallie Bingham Book Signing

When: September 20, 2014

From: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Sallie Bingham will be reading and signing her new book, The Blue Box.

 

This family history centered around three women from three generations spans the Civil War through the Jazz Age. Fans of Sallie Bingham’s work will especially appreciate her parents Mary and Barry’s romance that unfolds in letters and finally results in marriage. Bingham beautifully demonstrates an inheritance of emotion, morality, ideology, and most lasting of all, irreverence.

 

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Sallie Bingham has published four short story collections, four novels, a memoir, and several plays. Bingham was a director of the National Book Critics Circle, and founded the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Sallie Bingham Archive for Women’s Papers and Culture at Duke University.