Sep 16

Chin Music Press, the Seattle-based publisher owned and run by Bruce Rutledge (MEF Program Chiba-ken, 1985-87) will be well represented at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor btwn Broadway & 5th Avenue) on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 7-9pm when author Todd Shimoda will be read from his latest illustrated novel, Oh! A mystery of mono no aware.  He will be joined by poet Hoa Nguyen, author of Hecate Lochia, and Paulo Javier, author of 60lvboembs.

The event is open to the public and a $5 donation is suggested.

Here’s the book blurb:

Shimoda’s Oh! is a fast-paced story about a young Japanese American whose quest for a richer emotional life sets him on a journey to discover the essence of the Japanese appreciation of beauty (‘mono no aware’), the dark past haunting his psychologist-and-poet mentor, and ultimately involves him in the tragic phenomenon of Japan’s suicide clubs.

Also, in June, Oh! was chosen as one of NPR’s Summer Reading Picks:

“The book itself is a fine work of art, with a gorgeous, embossed cover, rice paper-thin pages, and textured paper inserts with illustrations that offer clues to Zack’s fate — a triumphant kick in the pants for anyone who doubts the future of paper-and-ink books.” — NPR

See previous JetWit posts about Bruce Rutledge here and a Japan Times review of Oh! here.

Interesting side note: One other Chin Music Press employee, designer Joshua Powell (Saitama-ken, 2005-07), is also a JET alum.

one comment so far...

  • Bruce Rutledge Said on September 17th, 2009 at 2:39 pm:

    Thanks very much for the plug! I thought I’d let you know that our JET connections are growing stronger. Jessica Sattell (Fukuoka, 07-08) just joined our (slowly) growing team.

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