Gathering with book clubs in my hometown, I love uncovering our many connections — the people and interests we hold dear as well as the books we read. Continue reading Is your book club a ‘hub’?
I hadn’t planned to visit Japan this fall … But when we learned the country would open its borders to regular tourists just days before the Japan Writers Conference, my husband encouraged me to shift gears. Wouldn’t it be better to present in person, rather than over Zoom? Yeah. A couple of weeks later, I stepped off an airplane in Tokyo. It had been fifteen … Continue reading What day is it?
Japan wasn’t on my bingo card for 2022, but a writer’s conference, a new immigration policy and an encouraging husband say otherwise. Off I go! Continue reading Plot twist — off to Japan!
A few thoughts on why we are drawn to write and read stories … Continue reading “a ball of light”
This weekend’s Harvest Moon brings o-tsukimi, an opportunity to gather, appreciate and look for … rabbits? Continue reading Harvest moon-viewing … and rabbits
Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
By Sarah Coomber Your second memoir, The Clean Daughter: a Cross-Continental Memoir, takes us to five different countries, yet all of your experiences tie into figuring out your prickly relationship with your father-in-law. How did you get to the heart of that story? This was a hard book to write, because it is really personal, and it touches… Continue reading Telling the Unwanted Story: an Interview with Memoirist Jill Kandel
Some days I never get to what I consider my “real work”—writing. And then I remember that every single day I do my most important work of all: helping another human develop the skills, knowledge and experience he will take into adulthood. Continue reading My most important work
I’m tickled to share this new review of my memoir, The Same Moon, from the Japan America Society of Minnesota. Here’s what reviewer Tom Haeg identified as a takeaway: What we learn here is a clearer meaning of tolerance. We must accept others as similar to, not different from ourselves. What we share in common is more important than what distinguishes us. Inclusion not exclusion. … Continue reading Book review: ‘a clearer meaning of tolerance’
When we put our words out in the world, they sometimes come back to us in new and surprising ways. Continue reading Back in the book club saddle!
I gave myself a gift this Mother’s Day — I released my expectations. Continue reading A Mother’s Day gift