Join Third Place Books and Chin Music Press for a conversation with Michael Larson, author of WHEN THE WAVES CAME, and Marie Mutsuki Mocket, author of AMERICAN HARVEST and WHERE THE DEAD PAUSE, AND THE JAPANESE SAY GOODBYE.
In When the Waves Came, Michael Larson brings home the impact of the 2011 tsunami and nuclear meltdown through intimate portraits of everyday Japanese people. Larson follows the lives of a hairdresser, a café owner, a cattle rancher, and a nuclear-energy worker from the moment the 2011 tsunami hit Japan's Tohoku region through the subsequent years of recovery, grief, and frustration. In simple, straightforward prose, Larson chronicles their attempts to recover what they had lost despite a government response replete with missed opportunities and predictable missteps.
M.W. LARSON earned his MFA at The Ohio State University and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A former Fulbright scholar, he has published fiction and nonfiction in Colorado Review, The Iowa Review, Ninth Letter, and Witness. He lives with his wife in Tokyo and teaches English and writing at the University of Tsukuba.
Marie Mutsuki Mockett is the author of a novel, Picking Bones from Ash, and a memoir, Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye, which was a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award, and a new book, American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland. She lives in San Francisco.