Yoga Heart and J-Boys: Husband and Wife Author Event
Authors Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani
Original Date: Thursday, August 4, 2011

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This engaging husband and wife duo will talk candidly about the writing life, the expat experience, living and playing in Tokyo, running a Yoga studio, and of course, their books! Lowitz's tenderly written book of poems, the much-anticipated follow-up to the author's successful Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By, makes a perfect practice companion for the over 15 million yoga practitioners in the US, as well as students of Buddhism, meditation, and bodywork. Beautifully illustrated with vibrant brush-stroke gesture drawings of yoga poses, Yoga Heart is a special little book that will spur readers to contemplation and new awakenings. Oketani's bittersweet novel is a deft portrait of a year in a boy's life in a land and time far away, filled with universal concerns about fitting in, escaping the past (in this case World War II's lingering devastation), and growing up.

Leza Lowitz, currently fiction editor for Kyoto Journal, is the award-winning author/editor/translator of over 15 books on Japan, including Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By and Sacred Sanskrit Words (with Reema Datta). A long-time teacher and practitioner of yoga and meditation, Lowitz relocated from California to Tokyo in 2003, where she opened Sun and Moon Yoga studio. Her essay on adoption appeared in Shambhala Sun, and is forthcoming in The Best Buddhist Writing 2011. Shogo Oketani was born in 1958 and raised in Tokyo. Following studies in the humanities at Keio University, he became an active writer and translator. He is well known for his translations of modernist poet Ayukawa Nobuo, for which he and his wife, author and translator Leza Lowitz, received the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature from the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University, and a grant from the NEA.

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