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E.H. Norman Library Speaker Series

"The Ghost Brush: Author Katherine Govier in conversation with Jiro Asada"

Katherine Govier

The Embassy of Canada's E.H. Norman Library Speaker Series introduces Canada and showcases Canadian perspectives through guest lectures from academics, authors, and artists.‬

"The Ghost Brush" is the story of the daughter of the world renowned Japanese printmaker Hokusai (1760?–1849) who created the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. Based on international research, scholarly detective work, and her vivid imagination, award-winning Canadian novelist Katherine Govier sheds light on this mysterious woman who supported her father as a talented female artist, while remaining far from the spotlight.‬

On the occasion of publication of the long-awaited Japanese translation which will be released as "Hokusai to Oui" in June by Sairyusha, the Embassy will welcome the author in conversation with author Mr. Jiro Asada. Through the dialogue, these two authors will guide you to a deeper understanding of their literary worlds.‬

Jiro Asada

‬With 2014 marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan, this event and dialogue with these two authors provides a perfect opportunity to celebrate our shared cultural connections and strong people to people ties.

Please join us for what promises to be a very interesting event.‬

Book Information:

Title: "The Ghost Brush"
Author: Katherine Govier
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2010

Japanese translation:
Title: "Hokusai to Oui" (Volume 1 & 2) (J)
Author: Katherine Govier
Translator: Yoko Morgenstern
Publisher: Sairyusha, June 2014

Guest Speakers:

  • Ms. Katherine Govier, novelist, former president of PEN Canada (1997–1998)

  • Mr. Jiro Asada, novelist, President of the Japan P.E.N. Club

Time: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 19:00–20:30 (Doors open at 18:30)

Place: Embassy of Canada Oscar Peterson Theatre (B2 level)

Language: English/Japanese

Admission: Free – advance registration required

Organizer: Embassy of Canada

Collaboration: The Japan P.E.N. Club, The Canadian Literary Society of Japan, Sairyusha

Please register by e-mail by Friday, June 6, clearly indicating the information requested below in your message. Registration will be closed when full.

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  4. Names of guests accompanying

Embassy of Canada, Public Affairs Section
Fax: 03-5412-6249



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