Ghosts of the Tsunami: Seven Years After 3/11

March 1, 2018 - March 1, 2018
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Thursday, March 1, 6:30 PM

"In his new book, Richard Lloyd Parry writes about death on an inconceivable scale… The disaster left behind emotions so deep and raw that they are nearly beyond language. And yet Parry’s book tries to capture them."
—Sam Anderson, The New York Times

The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 was one of the country’s most catastrophic natural disasters, and the impact of the disaster is still being felt even seven years later. Best-selling author and Asia Editor for The Times of London, Richard Lloyd Parry, reported from the disaster zone for six years following the devastation. Lloyd Parry joins us to discuss his latest work, Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone, a revealing investigation into the hauntings and mysteries of a town hit especially hard by the tragedy. He is joined in conversation by Ian Buruma, editor of The New York Review of Books and author of A Tokyo Romance, an account of Buruma’s time spent in Tokyo as a young man in the 1970’s. Followed by a book signing reception.

Richard Lloyd Parry is a British author and award-winning foreign correspondent. He was born in northern England in 1969, and educated at Oxford University. Since 1995 has lived in Tokyo, where he is the Asia Editor of ‘The Times’ of London. He has reported from twenty-seven countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and Macedonia. In recent years, he has covered the war in Iraq, the crisis in North Korea, political turmoil in Thailand and Burma, and the tsunami and nuclear disasters in Japan. In 2005, he was named Foreign Correspondent of the Year in the UK’s What The Papers Say Awards.

He has also contributed to the London Review of Books, Granta and the New York Times Magazine. His books include In the Time of Madness (Grove 2005), an account of the violence in Indonesia in the late 1990s. People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman, published in February 2011, was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.

Ian Buruma is editor of The New York Review of Books. His previous books include Their Promised Land, Year Zero, The China Lover, Murder in Amsterdam, Occidentalism, God’s Dust, Behind the Mask, The Wages of Guilt, Bad Elements, and Taming the Gods

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