Joy Kogawa, born in Vancouver is 1935, is best known for her semi-autobiographical novel Obasan, chronicling one family’s years of Japanese Canadian internment and dispersal during and after World War II. Her children’s novel Naomi’s Road was adapted first as a play and later as a children’s opera. She was most recently writer-in-residence at Massey College, University of Toronto.
The Splintered Moon, poetry, University of New Brunswick, 1967.
A Choice of Dreams, poetry, McClelland and Stewart, 1974 (out of print).
Jericho Road, poetry, McClelland and Stewart, 1977.
Obasan, novel, first printed by Lester and Orpen Dennys, Canada, 1981; David Godine, U.S.A., 1982; Penguin Canada, 1983; Reclam Verlag, Germany, 1993; Anchor Books, U.S.A., 1994, De Geus, Netherlands, 1997, Chuokoron, Japan,1998.
Woman in the Woods, poetry, Mosaic, Canada, 1985.
Naomi’s Road, children’s fiction, Oxford University Press, Canada, 1986; Stoddart, Canada, 1994; expanded edition, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2005.
Naomi no Michi, young adult fiction, Shogakkan, Japan.
Itsuka, novel, Viking, Canada, 1992; revised, Penguin Canada, 1993; 1993 Anchor Books, New York, 1994. (OUP)
The Rain Ascends, novel, Knopf Canada, 1995; Vintage, Canada, 1996. Revised, Penguin Canada, 2003
A Song of Lilith, poetry, Polestar, an imprint of Raincoast, 2000.
A Garden of Anchors, Selected Poems, poetry, Mosaic, Canada, 2003.
Emily Kato, (Itsuka revisited) novel, Penguin Canada, 2005.
Naomi’s Tree, children’s fiction, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2008
Awards: For Obasan
Books in Canada -- First Novel Award
Canadian Authors Association -- Book of the Year Award
Periodical Distributors of Canada -- Best Paperback Fiction Award
Before Columbus Foundation -- The American Book Award
American Library Association -- Notable Book
Member Board of Directors -- Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Member Writers’ Union of Canada
Member Pen International
Past-president Toronto Dollar Community Projects Inc
Member of the Order of Canada, 1986
Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, University of Lethbridge, 1991
Fellow of Ryerson Polytechnical University, 1991
Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa, University of Guelph, 1992
Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, Simon Fraser University, 1993
Urban Alliance Race Relations award, 1994
Grace MacInnis Visiting Scholar award, 1995
Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, Knox College, University of Toronto, 1999
Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of Asian American Studies, 2001
Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa, University of British Columbia, 2001
The NAJC National Award, National Association of Japanese Canadians, 2001
Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, Queen’s University, 2003
Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, University of Windsor, 2003
Obasan chosen for One Book One Community -- Medicine Hat, Alberta, 2004
Joy Kogawa Day, Vancouver, November 6, 2004
Obasan chosen for One Book One Vancouver -- Vancouver B.C., 2005
Obasan Cherry Tree Day, Vancouver, November 1, 2005
Naomi’s Road, the opera, commissioned by Vancouver Opera, 2005
Order of British Columbia, 2006
George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008
B.C. Bookworld and Vancouver Public Library Plaque, 2008
B.C. Author Achievement Day Proclamation, April 25, 2008
Order of the Rising Sun, November 26, 2010