Author of Torn Apart, about the Japanese internment in WWII Canada. Writer-in-residence at Vancouver’s Historic Joy Kogawa House (September 2017). Writers’ Union member. 150-kilometre distance from Toronto. $175.00 per session. Travel costs by public transit would apply outside Toronto, as Susan does not drive.
Susan begins with a short introduction explaining how the research and writing of her first book, Torn Apart, has changed her life. As a third-generation Japanese Canadian, the history of her people held little interest for her until she approached it from a personal view. Hearing stories from her mother and other family members, as well as others not related to her, Susan now realizes that history is more than what happened in the past—it’s what we choose to remember.
A reading of selected excerpts from the book follows the intro. Afterwards, Susan gives a visual presentation of period and other photographs, which help illustrate both the reading and the background of the book. The presentation ends with a Q & A session with the audience. A one-page preparatory list of questions is available for handout in advance, if students have not read the book. Susan can tailor her presentation to suit particular subject areas (English, Creative Writing, History, Social Studies). Length of presentation time: 45 minutes to an hour, or one period. Maximum 2 sessions per day. Susan will present to Grades 4 and up, including high school students. Maximum number of students per session: 50, although Susan is flexible and has presented to much larger groups in an auditorium setting. Susan is comfortable in a classroom or a library. Equipment required: projector and screen, lectern (music stand, table or desk), to place book while reading, portable microphone (if room size is very large). Email us to book Susan: