Napoleon in America launched at Historic Joy Kogawa House

Napoleon in America author Shannon Selin, Canadian writer Joy Kogawa, Kerrisdale Playbook editor Keiko Honda, and journalist Katja De Bock at the Napoleon in America book launch, April 6, 2014

Napoleon in America author Shannon Selin, Canadian writer Joy Kogawa, Kerrisdale Playbook editor Keiko Honda, and journalist Katja De Bock at the Napoleon in America book launch party, April 6, 2014

Shannon was honoured to hold the Napoleon in America book launch party at Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver on April 6. Friends and fans gathered to hear Shannon talk about writing Napoleon in America, read some passages from the novel, and answer questions, after which she signed copies of the book.

One of the highlights was having Canadian poet and novelist Joy Kogawa in attendance. Shannon talked to Joy about Napoleon’s view of Okinawa – a society without weapons, which Napoleon saw as a monstrous anomaly.

Joy’s question led me to Basil Hall’s 1817 interview with Napoleon on St. Helena, which I had not previously read – a direct example of the inspiration provided by Joy and her childhood home.

Canadian writer Joy Kogawa, Historic Joy Kogawa House Society Executive Director Ann-Marie Metten, and Shannon Selin, author of Napoleon in America

Joy Kogawa, Historic Joy Kogawa House Society Executive Director Ann-Marie Metten, and Shannon Selin at the Napoleon in America book launch party

The Historic Joy Kogawa House Society nurtures writers and readers through its writer-in-residence program and community events. For more information about the House and the Society, click here.

Joy’s question led me to Basil Hall’s 1817 interview with Napoleon on St. Helena - a direct example of the inspiration provided by Joy and her childhood home.

Shannon Selin