Leslie Shimotakahara

Leslie Shimotakaha earned a PhD in English from Brown University. She had a brief career as a university English teacher before turning her attention to creative prose and fiction writing. She currently lives in Toronto.


After the Bloom

Toronto: Dundurn, 2017.
PS8637 .H525 A69 2017

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Lily Takemitsu goes missing from her home in Toronto one luminous summer morning in the mid-1980s. Her daughter, Rita, knows her mother has a history of dissociation and memory problems, which have led her to wander off before. But never has she stayed away so long. Unconvinced the police are taking the case seriously, Rita begins to carry out her own investigation. In the course of searching for her mom, she is forced to confront a labyrinth of secrets surrounding the family’s internment at a camp in the California desert during the Second World War, their postwar immigration to Toronto, and the father she has never known.


Red Oblivion

Toronto: Dundurn, 2019.
Forthcoming Fall 2019

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Non-fiction (Autobiography/Memoir)

The Reading List: Literature, Love and Back Again

Willowdale, Ont.: Stories That Bind, 2011.
PS8637 .H525 Z47 2011

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Awards and Honours

2012 Canada-Japan Literary Prize–Memoir (winner)


Leslie Shimotakahara personal website

Publisher Dundurn Press