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Joy Kogawa House Reflections: Part 1

I was at the Joy Kogawa House as the Writer-in-Residence in the last week of September.

It was surprisingly busy, despite the fact that the LiterASIAN festival finally ended on September 23rd. The (Un)framed exhibition on Asian Canadian magazines that I helped to curate was given another week's extension and it was wonderful to get the chance to listen and talk to so many writers, poets, and playwrights including Madeleine Thien and Jovanni Sy. It was also the official book launch of Vincent Ternida's The Seven Muses of Harry Salcedo, with its book launch party at Nusa Coffee still two weeks away from now. It also gave me a behind-the-scenes look at a literary festival and the amount of work and effort that went into making it a success.

Following this I spent a week outlining my next manuscript. It will be set in Vancouver in the early 1980s, and has no obvious antagonists or major plot developments., right before two events at Word Vancouver: a conversation with Todd Wong on…

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