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Authors @ NCL: Dear Diary Boy by Kumiko Makihara

September 17, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Location: Curtis Gallery

Author and journalist Kumiko Makihara will discuss her memoir Dear Diary Boy. When her five-year-old son passed the rigorous exams to enter a top Japanese school, Makihara assumed that the hard work had been done. But her free-spirited son failed to thrive in the extraordinarily competitive primary school while the exacting mother kept pushing him to meet the school’s requirements. At times humorous, but sometimes very dark, Dear Diary Boy chronicles the battles between mother and son as they face the challenges of the school in their different ways. Dear Diary Boy offers a look deep inside a highly selective Japanese school and the demands it makes on both parents and children while posing universal questions of how best to educate children and what truly is in their interests versus what is in our own.


KUMIKO MAKIHARA writes about her impressions of life in Japan and the United States, two countries she has been traveling back and forth between for most of her life. Her columns have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post and Newsweek, as well as in the books Reimagining Japan: The Quest for a Future That Works and Tsunami: Japan’s Post Fukushima Future.  She previously was a reporter for Time Magazine and the Associated Press and a features editor at the Moscow Times. Her book Dear Diary Boy was published by Arcade in July 2018.

In partnership with Elm Street Books.


September 17, 2019
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Curtis Gallery
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