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Student Poetry Reading in the HS Library

April 29, 2016 Leave a comment

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April is National Poetry Month, and since its inception in 1996, has become the largest literary celebration in the world. Schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrate through a diverse range of activities, which include but are not limited to poem-a-day, taking a poetry class, and chalking poem murals. Here are 30 ways you can celebrate poetry. Here at ASIJ we celebrated national poetry month through a collaborative poetry reading. This past Wednesday during activity period, 16 students read poems that had moved and inspired them or they had written themselves.

Categories: ASIJ Students, Events, Poetry

First Edition, Signed Copy of John Steinbeck’s ‘The Long Valley’ on Display in High School Library

April 22, 2016 Leave a comment

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A first edition copy of John Steinbeck’s The Long Valley, is currently on display at the ASIJ High School library. The book was lent to the library by high school math teacher, Roy Tomlinson. It is a compilation of Steinbeck’s stories including The Red Pony,  and although shows some age and wear, is in incredibly good condition. Mr. Tomlinson shared with us how the book came into his possession.

“My grandmother gave me the book in 1996.  She told me her cousin, the lady addressed in the signature, was her first cousin who passed away in the late 60’s and gave her the book.  My grandmother lived in Monterey, a fixture in Steinbeck’s books, so it’s quite a treasure for me.  My grandmother kept that book for a long time, before giving it to me, knowing that “The Red Pony”, one of my favorite childhood stories, is in the book.  As a first edition, it’s amazing that I have it.  Signed?  Overwhelming.”

Categories: Authors, Events, Library

Visiting Author in March: Leza Lowitz

Next week author Leza Lowitz will be spending the day at ASIJ, conducting two keynote presentations to the middle school about the March 2011 tsunami and the making of her latest book; teaching a college composition class in the HS; and participating in the High School Book Club’s discussion of Up from the Sea.  The book is a powerful novel-in-verse account about how one teen boy survives the March 2011 tsunami that devastates his coastal Japanese village (Amazon).

Ms. Lowitz is not only an author, but also a yoga teacher, and owner of Sun and Moon Yoga Studio in Tokyo. For over two decades, she’s been bringing together the worlds of writing and spirituality, charting her quest in over seventeen books and in the New York Times online, Yoga Journal, Shambhala Sun, The Best Buddhist Writing 2011, The Huffington Post, The Japan Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others.

If you are interested in participating in the High School Book Club’s discussion of Up from the Sea, come by the IdeaXchange Thursday, March 10th at 1:00pm. The High School Library has a few copies of the book available for check out.

Categories: Authors, Book Clubs, Events

See Jeff Kinney, Author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series: Tuesday, November 3rd in Shinjuku

November 2, 2015 Leave a comment
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Want to meet the person who created the beloved characters Greg Heffley, Rowley Jefferson, Mr. Meeks and The Beardos? You are in luck! Tomorrow, November 3rd at 6p, Jeff Kinney will be signing his latest soon-to-be-bestseller at Kinokuniya Shinjuku South Store Foreign Books. Tomorrow is the release day of book 10 in the Wimpy Kid series, Old SchoolGet your copy hot off the press with an inscription from the author himself.

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