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Virtual Author Event with Gail Tsukiyama

Friday, July 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for a virtual author event with Gail Tsukiyama

THE COLOR OF AIR, which will be published by HarperCollins on July 7th.

“Writing with supple and entrancing grace, Tsukiyama has each of her caring, charismatic characters share their memories and heartaches…Tsukiyama also evokes the wild, opulent beauty of the island, the harsh lives of migrant workers, racist and domestic violence, mystical connections, the repercussions of a love triangle, and the tolls of age. As the volcano erupts, long buried secrets and guilt surge to seismic effect. Tsukiyama’s dramatic yet discerningly congenial novel confronts the precariousness of existence and celebrates the healing power of generosity and love.” – Booklist, starred review


From New York Times bestselling author Gail Tsukiyama comes an evocative historical novel set against the backdrop of Hawai’i’s sugar plantations about a Japanese-American family learning to accept the past and step forward into the future.

Daniel Abe, a young doctor born in Hilo, is returning home to Hawai’i after the traumatic loss of one of his patients in a prestigious Chicago hospital. Just as he boards a ship to Big Island, the Mauna Loa volcano begins to stir. On the island, Uncle Koji is still living in the past with his own demons and the memories of Daniel’s mom, Mariko, the love of his life. Koji’s friend from childhood, Nori, now a successful merchant in the Okawa Fish Market, excitedly awaits Daniel’s arrival not knowing his true reason for returning.

The interweaving stories of Daniel, Koji, and Nori alternate between the day of the volcano eruption in 1935 to decades prior— a rich, vibrant, bittersweet chorus that celebrates their lifelong bond to each other and to others in the immigrant community. Even as the eruption of the Mauna Loa Volcano threatens their lives and livelihoods, it also unearths long held secrets that have been simmering just below the surface as the past melds with the present.

Gail Tsukiyama was born in San Francisco, California to a Chinese mother from Hong Kong and a Japanese father from Hawaii.  She attended San Francisco State University where she received both her Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in English.  She is the bestselling author of Women of the Silk and The Samurai’s Garden, as well as the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award.  She divides her time between El Cerrito and Napa Valley, California.


Friday, July 17, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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