Angelenos, you can catch me live-interviewing Todd Shimoda, author of Japanese- and Japanese-Amercan-themed “philosophical mysteries,” at Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood this Thursday, May 31st. You may remember my first interview with Todd on The Marketplace of Ideas, when I talked to him about reading Kobo Abe, integrating art with text, and writing his novel Oh!: Mystery of Mono no Aware. The Diesel event will launch his new, equally philosophical, mysterious, and visual book, Subduction.
Diesel’s blurb for the party:
Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes acclaimed author-artist couple Todd and Linda Shimoda to the store to celebrate the publication of their new book, Subduction, on Thursday, May 31st at 7pm. Colin Marshall, host and producer of the podcast Notebook on Cities and Culture, will join Todd and Linda for an informal Q&A and discussion.
Subduction is a seductive mystery set on a tiny, earthquake-plagued island. Endo, a young physician unjustly charged with a patient’s death, is banished to the island to care for the few remaining elderly residents. After a mysterious death, he discovers why the islanders don’t wish to leave: years ago, jealousies, lust, and violence ripped apart their lives, and the wounds haven’t healed. Exquisitely designed with L.J.C. Shimoda’s artwork throughout, Subduction also features a sixteen-page illustrated retelling of the myth of Kashima, the god who controls a giant, thrashing catfish that causes earthquakes.
“Sake, snacks, and art too,” says Todd. Come one, come all.