THURSDAY, 4 JUNE, 2009, at 7:00 PM:
A DIMLY BURNING WICK -- Translator-editor presents new memoir of children's selflessness by Hiroshima survivor.
Invite your friends and come to St Johns Books to join Co-Author Pam Vergun, as she talks about the children of Hiroshima and our own future, reading from A DIMLY BURNING WICK.
A DIMLY BURNING WICK is a powerful memoir of children's survival in the ruins of Hiroshima after the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945. In this book, former schoolteacher Sadako Teiko Okuda shares her memories of not only her own struggle in those first terrible days, but also the terror and tenderness of children and teenagers who--even in their final hours--gently cared for their siblings, parents, grandparents, and friends. 'Metro Spirit' of Atlanta, Georgia commented that "'A Dimly Burning Wick' may be one of the most important books of our time."
A DIMLY BURNING WICK was taken from an exceptional diary begun in Hiroshima by Ms. Okuda within a day of the atomic bombing. Now 94, the author was 30 years old at the time of the bombing, and began a desperate search for her missing niece and nephew in the days immediately following the devastation. In her diary, Ms. Okuda recorded the stories of the children she encountered, who searched for parents and siblings, brought water to dying grandparents, and sometimes literally expended their last breaths trying to help their loved ones. This document of the experience of children is the heart of A DIMLY BURNING WICK and sets it apart from other remembrances of Hiroshima.
Translator-editor Dr. Pamela Vergun will discuss A DIMLY BURNING WICK, her experience of working with Ms. Okuda, and offer analysis and encouragement for individuals to address the current international situation.
This event is a benefit for Physicians for Social Responsibility. Tickets are available at St. Johns Booksellers by phone or e-mail; will-call is available. Tickets are $5, with ticket holders receiving $2 off the purchase price of A DIMLY BURNING WICK. Physicians for Social Responsibility will receive $3 from each ticket sold.
St. Johns Booksellers - North Portland's full-service independent bookstore:
8622 N. Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203
Throughout the book, the reader is asked to ponder: How is it that in the midst of one of the most horrific wartime events in history, an ordinary person can document for the world the selfless compassion of its youngest victims?
A DIMLY BURNING WICK also features an eloquent foreword by Catherine Thomasson, past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and supporting chapters by noted historians and scholars about the historical context and continuing relevance of the terrible events at Hiroshima.
To learn more about A DIMLY BURNING WICK and Dr. Vergun, and see reviewer comments and press clippings, please visit www.adimlyburningwick.com .