BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.3256@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20110910T000000Z DTEND:20110910T000000Z DESCRIPTION:In June 2001\, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto went to Hiroshima\, Japan\, in search of a deeper understanding of her war-torn heritage. She planned to spend six months there\, interviewing the few remaining survivors of th e atomic bomb. A mother of two young boys\, she was encouraged to go by he r husband\, who quickly became disenchanted by her absence. It was her fir st solo life adventure\, immediately exhilarating for her\, but her resear ch began badly. Interviews with the hibakusha felt rehearsed\, and the sur vivors revealed little beyond published accounts. Then the attacks on Sept ember 11 changed everything. The survivors&rsquo\; carefully constructed m emories shattered\, causing them to relive their agonizing experiences and to open up to Rizzuto in astonishing ways.&nbsp\;\n\nSeparated from her f amily and country while the world seemed to fall apart\, Rizzuto&rsquo\;s marriage crumbled as she wrestled with her ambivalence about being a wife and mother. Woven into the story of her own awakening are the stories of H iroshima in the survivors&rsquo\; own words. The parallel narratives explo re the role of memory in our lives\, and show how memory is not history bu t a story we tell ourselves to explain who we are.\n\nFree with Museum adm ission. Reservations recommended to rsvp@janm.org or 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior.\n\n<a href="http://www.janm.org/" target="_blank">www.jan m.org</a>\n\n<em>Hiroshima in the Morning&nbsp\;</em>is a National Book Cr itics Circle Award Finalist\, and winner of the Grub Street National Book Award. It has been called " lyrical and moving\, transcendent and beautifu l" (NBCC Nomination). Grace Talusan\, Judge for the Grub Street Award said \, "Using diary entries\, emails\, telephone transcripts\, and oral histor ies\, Rizzuto pieces together a masterful collage about Hiroshima\, 9/11\, ambivalent motherhood\, a doomed marriage\, and a writer trying to unders tand what narrative means amidst so many kinds of bombs hitting so many be loved targets.&rdquo\;&nbsp\;\n\nRizzuto has appeared on&nbsp\;<em>The Tod ay Show</em>\,&nbsp\;<em>The View</em>\,&nbsp\;<em>The Joy Behar Show</em> \,&nbsp\;<em>MSNBC</em>\, and Gayle King Radio among others and writes for Salon and the Huffington Post. Her first novel\,&nbsp\;<em>Why She Left U s</em>\, which won an American Book Award\, was inspired by her family's i nternment at Amache during World War II and more than thirty interviews wi th former internees. She is a Professor in the Goddard College Master's in Creative Writing Program\, and can be found at:&nbsp\;<a href="http://www .r3reiko.com/">www.r3reiko.com</a>. SUMMARY:BOOKS & CONVERSATIONS: "Hiroshima in the Morning" by Rahna Reiko Ri zzuto URL:/en/events/2011/09/10/books-conversations-hiroshima-in-the-morning/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR