The Asia Society and Mechanics’ Institute are pleased to host celebrated author Gretel Ehrlich, the winner of PEN New England’s Henry David Thoreau Prize for Nature Writing, to speak about her new book, Facing The Wave. Facing The Wave chronicles the lives of Japanese famers, fishermen, monks, and an elderly geisha in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, which devastated the country and garnered international sympathy. The memoir blends reportage, observation and reflection to give readers of rich picture of life following natural disaster.
Gretel Ehrlich is the author of This Cold Heaven, The Future of Ice, and The Solace of Open Spaces, among other works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She lives in Stevensville, MD. A passionate student of Japanese poetry and art for much of her life, Gretel Ehrlich felt compelled to return to the earthquake- and tsunami-devastated Tohoku coast, to bear witness, listen to the survivors and ultimately write Facing The Wave.
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