Book Launch Photos
Earth DayApril 22, 2012, was a sunny but cool day for the Torn Apart book launch at Toronto's Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.
Sponsored by the Heritage Committee of the centre, along with the Greater Toronto Chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians, the event attracted over 130 guests for a reading, slideshow, and book signing. All photos below are courtesy Karri Yano, unless otherwise indicated.
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre with Shokokai Court on the left, where Susan's book launch took place, the reception desk in the centre, and the hallway to the dojo rooms on the right. Photo courtesy Steven Kaji.
The room begins to fill. Photo courtesy Steven Kaji.
Lining up to buy books.
Still more people.
Ken Noma of the National Association of Japanese Canadians opens the launch.
Peter Wakayama, Vice-President of the Heritage Committee of the Cultural Centre, introduces Susan.
Getting ready to address the crowd. Photo courtesy Wendy B. Marvel.
The gathering from a rear view.
The reading begins. Photo courtesy Wendy B. Marvel.
Side view of Shokokai Court as Susan reads.
Susan's slideshow ends with a 1943 photo of the New Denver school staff, at least three of whom were present at the launch!
The book signing begins.
The long lineup for signed copies.
Still more people lining up.
Susan was thrilled to meet Diana Brimbecom and Maia Sinkins, who reviewed Torn Apart for the National Post on March 16, 2012.
Susan and her mother, Molly Iwasaki Aihoshi, share a quiet moment at the end of the launch.