Monthly Archives: February 2012

Post on MacKids blog

The blog for MacMillan Children’s Publishing has a post of mine and the role of research in the creative process. Here’s the (link) and it’s short enough that I’ll post it here too. When the plot for “Take What You Can Carry” first came to me, specifically the idea of setting half the story in […]

The Art of Gaman

One of the aspects of the Japanese-Internment camps that figures prominently in “Take What You Can Carry” is what author and curator Delphine Hirasuna calls the “Art of Gaman.” “Gaman” is a japanese word that means “enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity.” Faced with huge amounts of free time in a harsh and […]

TWYCC Research notes

  Over the next few months I’m going to post links and research notes about the history that serves as a back drop for Take What You Can Carry. The book is structured as two interlocking narratives, one of which tells the story of a 12 year-old Japanese American boy who is relocated to an […]