Supported Event: Japan Society Lunch with Katherine Govier -Thursday, Nov. 25 at noon

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Supported Event: Japan Society Lunch with Katherine Govier -Thursday, Nov. 25 at noon

Post  JF on Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:23 am

Lunch with Katherine Govier
Date: Thursday, November 25, noon
Location: The offices of McMillan LLP, 44th Floor, Bay Wellington Tower , 181 Bay Street , Toronto
To purchase tickets: contact Ben Ciprietti (416.366.4196) or email the Society (

See message for ticketing information.

This event is presented with promotional support from the Japan Foundation .

Please note that this event does not take place at the Japan Foundation .

Autumn Programme

November 25, 2010 - Lunch with Katherine Govier

This month we are focusing on one of the great Japanese artists, HOKUSAI Katsushika, and his daughter Oie. Born in Edo , Japan in the Autumn of 1760, Hokusai-sensei produced in the following almost ninety years some of the finest and most memorable paintings and ukiyo-e woodblock prints ever made. The series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, especially The Great Wave off Kanagawa, completed in the 1830’s, when Hokusai was in his 70’s, come immediately to mind.

We want to open the door to this period in Edo through a fascinating and compelling book, The Ghost Brush. Our guest speaker, the Canadian author Katherine Govier, will discuss her recent novel and take you deep into the life of late 18th and early 19th century Edo. And what of his daughter Oie? What role did she play in her father’s success? How did Hokusai produce incredible art (10,000 images) until his death at 90 in 1849? Was Oie the “ghost brush”? Did Oie’s “colours represent her signature”? How did a Canadian novelist, unable to speak Japanese, research this subject so thoroughly?

Katherine, writer, researcher and raconteur, is the author of nine novels, three short story collections and the editor of two books of travel essays. The winner of the Marian Engel Award (for a woman writer in mid-career), the Toronto Book Award and author of a New York Times Notable Book of the Year 2003, she has a clear, definable footprint in Japan . This arises through, inter alia, two of her exceptional books, Three Views of Crystal Water, about the ama diving women, and The Ghost Brush, which we will hear about and discuss on November 25th. We look forward to seeing you then.

The presentation will be held at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, November 25, 2010 in the offices of McMillan LLP, 44th Floor, Bay Wellington Tower , 181 Bay Street , Toronto . Please call Ben Ciprietti (416.366.4196) or email the Society ( to confirm your attendance as soon as possible.

A light lunch with refreshments will be provided at a cost of $20 for members of The Japan Society, CJS and the SHOKOKAI and representatives of JETRO, and $30 for non-members (costs include HST). Japan Foundation patrons may purchase tickets at the discounted member price of $20. When you place your order, please identify yourself as “guest of The Japan Foundation ” in order to receive the discount.

Copies of The Ghost Brush will be available for sale (the author will autograph each copy) at a special price for Members of $20 - cash or cheque please.

157 Adelaide Street West, Suite 604 Toronto , Ontario , Canada M5H 4E7
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