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March 11th 2009
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JET Alumni Author Showcase - March 22

On Sunday, March 22nd, the JET Alumni Association of New York will present its first ever JET Alumni Author Showcase (http://jetaany.org/authors). This event will feature 3 great authors: Roland Kelts (Osaka-shi, 1998-99), author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US, James Kennedy (Nara-ken, 2004-06) author of the novel The Order of Odd-Fish, and Robert P. Weston (Nara-ken, 2002-04), author of the rhyming novel Zorgamazoo.

Kelts, Kennedy, and Weston will participate in short readings of their respective works, followed by a panel discussion and Q& A session on the writing profession, tips on getting published, and how their time spent in Japan through the JET Program has contributed to the success of their current careers. Moderating for the event will be Randall David Cook (Fukui-ken, 1991-93), the author of acclaimed plays Sake With the Haiku Geisha and Fate's Imagination.

Special thanks to Kinokuniya Bookstore and to JetWit.com for their support.

For a more complete list of JET alumni authors, go to http://jetwit.com/wordpress/library/authorsbooks/.

The JET Alumni Association of New York is comprised of past participants of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program. With 22 years of history, the JET Program has engaged over 50,000 selected citizens from across the globe in grass-roots international exchange. They have shared their cultures with citizens of Japan and returned to their countries as proponents of cultural exchange.

Please join us on March 22nd for a unique opportunity to hear the stories they have crafted as a result of this experience.

March 22, 1:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Midtown Manhattan
440 W 57th St. (between 9th & 10th Aves.), New York, NY
$10 in advance; $15 at the door ($5 discount provided for JET alumni)
RSVP required to authors@jetaany.org. (Space is limited)

*A reception and book signing will follow the discussion.

For more information, please visit http://jetaany.org/authors or e-mail: authors@jetaany.org.

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