Ghosts of the Tsunami: Seven Years After 3/11
Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
$14/$11 Japan Society members, seniors & students
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 British author and award-winning foreign correspondent Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia Editor for The Times of London, reported from the disaster zone for six years following the devastation.
He has lived in Tokyo since 1995, and in addition to covering the tsunami and nuclear disasters in Japan, 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, and political turmoil in Thailand and Burma. In 2005, he was named Foreign Correspondent of the Year in the UK’s What The Papers Say Awards. He is the author of People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman, published in February 2011 and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.
At this talk Lloyd Parry will 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. Of the new book Sam Anderson of The New York Times writes, “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.”
Lloyd Parry will be 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 1970s.
The talk will be followed by a book signing reception.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Japan Society’s website.