JETAA Author Panel: Experiences Teaching English in Japan

Friday, June 10, 2011
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 1 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 4400, Chicago, IL 60606

The Japan America Society of Chicago and the Chicago Chapter of the JET Program Alumni Association are pleased to present the JETAA Author Panel: Experiences Teaching English in Japan.

Many past participants of the JET Program have gone on the write books, drawing on their time spent in Japan for inspiration. This program will bring together 3 young authors and JET Program Alumni who will discuss how their experiences in Japan shaped their writing and… talk about the challenges of writing and getting published.

Copies of Tonoharu, Rising Sunsets and The Order of Odd-Fish will be available for purchase the day of the event.

▪ LARS MARTINSON, Cartoonist & Author, Tonoharu Part I & II
▪ D.H. CERMEÑO, Author, Rising Sunsets
▪ JAMES KENNEDY, Author, The Order of Odd-Fish

Tonoharu is a four-part graphic novel that tells the story of a group of foreigners living in Fukuoka-ken, Japan. Daniel Wells begins a new life as an assistant junior high school teacher in the rural Japanese village of Tonoharu. Isolated from those around him by cultural and language barriers, Dan leads a monastic existence, peppered only by his inept pursuit of the company of a fellow American who lives a couple towns over. But contrary to appearances, Dan isn’t the only foreigner to call Tonoharu home. Across town, a group of wealthy European eccentrics board in a one-time Buddhist temple, for reasons that remain obscure to their gossiping neighbors.

Rising Sunsets is an enlightening journey through the mind of David Fletcher, a bright and ambitious young man who is determined to conquer the world and prove his unsupportive father wrong. When reality strikes and nothing works out as expected, an unusual opportunity to go to Japan to teach English to schoolchildren presents itself. There, he discovers his true self and finds an inner strength and independence he never knew existed. Throughout the story, David uncovers Japanese culture and easily embraces the traditions until suddenly, those age-old beliefs stand in the way of his happiness. And, through an unexpected encounter with love, the course of his life is changed forever.

The Order of Odd-Fish: Jo Larouche has lived her thirteen years in the California desert with her Aunt Lily, ever since she found in Lily’s washing machine with this note: This is Jo. Please take care of her. But beware. This is a DANGEROUS baby. Soon worsening circumstances lead Jo and Lily out of California forever—and into the fantastical world of Eldritch City. There Jo learns the scandalous truth about who she really is, and she and Lily join the Order of Odd-Fish, a colorful collection of knights who research useless information. Glamorous cockroach butlers, impossible quests, obsolete weapons and bizarre festivals fill their days, but Jo’s dream turns to nightmare when she learns that instead of a hero of Eldritch City, she may in fact become its destroyer. By the novel’s wrenching climax, Jo comes to understand who she truly is—and what it means to call a city home.

6:00 PM Registration
6:30 PM Author Presentations
7:30 PM Q & A and Book Signing

$5 JASC & JETAA Members/$10 Non-Members (Space limited to 35)

Reservations: PayPal at or (312)263-3049. Pre-payment required no later than June 7, 2011.

Special thanks to our corporate sponsor Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.