CANCELED - Spirited Stone
Thursday, July 23, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
CANCELED - Spirited Stone
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
AudienceKids & Families, Teens, Adults, ESOL, LEAP
SummaryA special community event honoring the visionary behind Kubota Garden. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
DescriptionJoin Kubota Garden Foundation for a unique evening celebrating the launch of the special anthology Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota’s Garden. In honor of the legacy of Fujitaro Kubota, this celebration will feature stories and poetry from some of Seattle’s finest artists. Doors open at 6pm. This event is made possible with support from the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Spirited Stone is published with generous support from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust; Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation; Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund; David R. Coffin Publication Grant from Foundation for Landscape Studies; 4Culture; and Robert Chinn Foundation.

This community event is supported by a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. This event is free and open to the public.



While incarcerated at Minidoka prison camp during World War II, the Fujitaro Kubota converted stripped, barren spaces into gardens of respite, respect, and beauty. To Kubota, everything had spirit. Rocks and stones pulsed with life, he said. That energy is still apparent in his gardens today. Before the internment and as a self-taught gardener, Kubota built a thriving landscape business. He eventually assembled 20 acres in south Seattle that he, then, shaped into a beautiful and enduring Japanese garden. Today, Kubota Garden is still a cherished public park that serves one of Washington’s most diverse zip codes created by an innovator and artist who imagined the first “drive-through” garden to capitalize on America’s love for the automobile. Kubota’s unique gardens have transformed Seattle’s regional landscape into the 21st century and for the future to come.

JAMIE FORD is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer, Min Chung, who emigrated from Hoiping, China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations. His debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list, went on to win the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and has been optioned for film and stage. His second book, Songs of Willow Frost, was also a national bestseller. His work has been translated into 35 languages. 

CHARLES JOHNSON is a novelist, essayist, literary scholar, philosopher, cartoonist, screenwriter, and professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. A MacArthur fellow, his fiction includes Night Hawks, Dr. King’s Refrigerator, Dreamer, Faith and the Good Thing, and Middle Passage, for which he won the National Book Award. In 2002 he received the Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Seattle. 

ANASTACIA-RENEE is a queer writer, TEDx Speaker, Deep End Podcast co-host, 2020 Jack Straw Curator and interdisciplinary artist. The recipient of the 2018,James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington Artist (Literary), Seattle Civic Poet (2017-2019), and Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House (2015-2017), she has received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Mineral School, Hypatia in the Woods and The New Orleans Writers Residency. Anastacia-Renee's work has been published in Foglifter, Cascadia Magazine, Pinwheel, The Fight and the Fiddle, Glow, The A-Line, Ms. Magazine and a host of others. 

ANNA TAMURA is a manager for the National Park Service’s regional planning program that supports sixty national parks in the Western states and Pacific Islands. During her career, she has focused on complex cultural landscapes and civil rights sites. She has led studies, plans, and the development of existing and new national parks. Tamura writes about the Japanese American World War II concentration camps from the perspective of a landscape architect and hapa Sansei (multi-racial third-generation Japanese American). A founding member of the annual Minidoka Pilgrimage, Tamura’s family members were incarcerated at Minidoka and Tule Lake. 

MAYUMI TSUTAKAWA is an independent writer and editor. She co-edited several multicultural literary anthologies, including The Forbidden Stitch: Asian American Women's Literary Anthology (Calyx Books) which received the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award. She edited They Painted from their Hearts: Pioneer Asian American Artists (Wing Luke Museum) and also Edge Walking on the Western Rim: New Writings by Twelve NW Writers (Sasquatch Books).
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NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. The Library will be accepting early attendees from until 5:45 p.m. After that, the Library will close at normal closing time (6 p.m.) and reopen at roughly 6:20 p.m. (time is subject to change).
PodcastThis event will be recorded for podcast.
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