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Last Friday, I attended Traditions and Translations: A Celebration of Japanese Culture at the Memorial Art Gallery as part of BOA Editions. That's me (Intern Liz Mullins) sitting next to Peter Conners, editor. We sat in the foyer of the gallery amidst others selling pertinent wares-- traditional Japanese paintings, kimonos and sake, of course-- as event participants browsed.
It was my first outing as a BOA intern and it didn't disappoint. We were there from 2-5PM with several books of poetry by asian artists or in translation, as well as much of Lucille Clifton's work. Some of our books found homes. A local artist whose studio is just down the hall from our office picked up something. One woman bought a copy of Blessing the Boats
for an ill family member. Many simply stopped to look and ask questions.
The afternoon passed leisurely. Some told us about their experiences making origami, or learning about bonsai. Others leafed through our books and inquired about new manuscripts from established BOA authors. I managed to meet both the Director of the MAG, Grant Holcomb, and the Vice Chair of BOA's Board of Directors, Boo Poulin.
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Needless to say, I felt honored to be able to attend an event like this one, even if I only got as far as the atrium.
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