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Madeleine Mysko and Gene Oishi

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Journey into the world of Stone Harbor, New Jersey, where Camille Pickett is struggling with big changes. Her partner Bridget has died, leaving Camille with grief and a small bungalow she inherited. It’s July, the height of the season, and families are returning to Stone Harbor, setting up umbrellas and chairs on the sand, and board games and jigsaw puzzles on the porches of their beach houses — as they have for generations. But Stone Harbor is changing, too; beloved old vacation homes are disappearing. And in their place come new people with new ideas about Stone Harbor and its value. But rather than deal with the bungalow, Camille is drawn into the troubles of two young people she meets, Bridget’s niece Erin and a young cyclist from Baltimore, Owen Morton. What ensues is her questioning of many aspects of her life, including the meaning of family, and how love can endure conflict, illness, and addiction.

Madeleine Mysko is the author of two novels, Bringing Vincent Home and Stone Harbor Bound. Her poetry, reviews, essays, and short fiction have been published widely in literary journals that include Shenandoah, Commonweal, River Styx, and The Hudson Review. As a peace and justice activist, she has also contributed op-ed pieces to venues including The Baltimore Sun and The Veteran. Born and raised in Baltimore, Mysko served in the Army Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War, an experience out of which she wrote her first novel, Bringing Vincent Home. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Rosemont College, and master’s degrees from both The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University and The George Washington University.


Hiroshi Kono is eight years old and just beginning to question the racial and economic inequities he sees around him when he and his family, along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans, are packed off to a concentration camp run by the US military. The Arizona desert in which Hiroshi and his family find themselves is a harsh and barren world that sets sibling against sibling, parent against child, and neighbor against neighbor. Whether describing Hiroshi’s tumultuous coming of age or excavating the generational grievances exacerbated by internment, Gene Oishi gives heartbreaking and at times humorous context to the post-war decades of a family set adrift by its wartime experiences. In Fox Drum Bebop, Oishi weaves together Hiroshi’s story with those of his family members and community to create a densely textured portrait of the physical and psychological displacement brought about over time by the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Gene Oishi, former Washington and foreign correspondent for The Baltimore Sun, has written articles on the Japanese American experience for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Newsweek and West Magazine. His memoir, In Search of Hiroshi, was published in 1988. Now retired, he lives in Baltimore with his wife, Sabine.






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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 7:00pm


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