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Denman Island Writers Festival July 13-16, 2017

February 04, 2017 By: Hiromi Category: Blog, News & Reviews

July on Denman Island surrounded by lovers of books, stories, Salish Sea… I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the summer! Come and explore the island and delve into literature at the Denman Island Writers Festival. There will be writing workshops, too! Please visit their website for further details, scheduling.

I’ll be reading and participating on a panel.

 

University of Calgary Faculty of Arts Alumni Event

February 04, 2017 By: Hiromi Category: Blog, Events, News & Reviews

Join Dean Sigurdson and Hiromi Goto BA’90 for an evening of conversation and performance. An alumni association Faculty of Arts event, meet other alumni, connect, reconnect, network and build community in the Metro Vancouver Area. Please register.

Visiting Writer Series, University of Colorado, March 1, 2017

February 04, 2017 By: Hiromi Category: Blog, News & Reviews

I’ve been invited by the University of Colorado, Boulder, Creative Writing Department to share my work at their Visiting Writer Series. Please contact the Creative Writing Department for more details.

7:30pm

Location: tba

Home-fried Tofu Rice Bowl with Miso Sauce

July 20, 2016 By: Hiromi Category: Blog, Uncategorized

Trying to eat a more healthy diet and reduce meat, I’ve been working on tasty vegetarian dishes that satisfies my desire for complex savouriness. This really hits the spot!

Ingredients

454g Medium firm tofu

one large bunch rapini

1 Tablespoon wheat flour (rounded)

1 Tablespoon corn starch (rounded)

half teaspoon of salt

2-go brown rice, cook as per directions (Jpnse measure, rice cooker cup 1-go = 180cc)

one avocado

Shichimi

 

For the Miso Sauce

one knob of ginger

2 cloves garlic

two tablespoons pure sesame oil

1 teaspoon white vinegar (or rice vinegar as desired)

2 Tablespoons mirin

2 Tablespoon miso (generous)

add sugar if desired, to taste

4 Tablespoons water (add more for milder, looser sauce)

 

canola oil for frying tofu, large cast iron frying pan

 

Directions

  • Steam rice as per usual directions. When there are 40 minutes rice-cooking time remaining start the next step.
  • Cut block of tofu lengthwise in half (so that you have two long rectangles). Cut each block into ½ inch slices. You should end up with about 14 pieces altogether. Take baking dish and place cookie rack on top. Place slices of tofu atop the rack. Place a cutting board on top of the tofu slices. The light weight will help press out the water from the tofu. Set aside.

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  • Peel and mince garlic.
  • Grate ginger.
  • Set large pot of water to boil.
  • Wash rapini. Drain in sieve. Cut into 1.5 inch pieces, stem & leaves altogether. Set aside.
  • On a plate place flour, corn starch and salt. Mix together. (You will dredge tofu in this flour.)

 

Make the Miso Sauce

  • In medium-sized cast iron frying on medium heat, add two tablespoons of sesame oil.
  • Add garlic to oil, turn heat to medium low, stirring until fragrant (do not burn). Add ginger. Add mirin, letting everything simmer. Add vinegar. Then miso. Add water to blend in well, to desired consistency. Add sugar at the end if desired. Set aside. Turn off heat, reheat before pouring over rice bowl.

 

Cook the Tofu While Boiling Rapini

  • Dredge tofu pieces in flour mixture.
  • Pour canola oil into large frying pan so there’s 1 mm lining the bottom.
  • Heat to medium-high until chopsticks tips placed in oil sizzles. Adjust heat as needed.
  • Cook in two batches, frying tofu on both sides until golden. Drain on cookie rack.
  • Meanwhile, while frying tofu, boil rapini until a little before-desired tenderness is reached, then drain in sieve, tossing once or twice. Don’t run cold water through greens so they can stay warm.

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Prepare the Rest

  • Cut avocado into cubes/chunks.
  • Stir cooked rice. Spoon into large bowls.
  • Add rapini, cover half of rice. Arrange 3-4 pieces of tofu beside rapini.
  • Nestle avocado beside tofu.
  • Drizzle sauce over everything.
  • Dash of shichimi.

Serves 3-4 people

Bon Appetit!

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Note: This recipe is very flexible and you can substitute almost anything (except the sauce). For people in a hurry you can skip home-frying tofu and get the pre-fried kind from the store. Just heat them in frying pan. Not as tasty and more greasy… but will still be okay. Non-vegetarians can add chicken, or shrimp, or pork (miso goes very well with pork). My mum can’t eat rapini/dark greens. For her I’d julienne Japanese cucumbers, and flash-boil a batch of bean sprouts. The miso sauce would also make an excellent salad dressing or dipping sauce. Experiment! ^__^)/

 

 

 

Thunder Bay, June 13 & 14, 2016

June 11, 2016 By: Hiromi Category: Blog, Events, News & Reviews, On the Road

#ThunderPride

June 13, 6 – 9pm – Invisible Ink, Writing Workshop

June 14, 7pm – Prideful Night at Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Upcoming Reading — Heartwood Cafe, April 21st

April 16, 2016 By: Hiromi Category: Blog, Events, News & Reviews

Please come join us for an evening of music, performance, words!

Killjoy Speaker Series #2

https://www.facebook.com/events/1778132965740899/

KILLJOY is a collective that organizes events for the QTBIPOC community on unceded Coast Salish territories. The april speaker series is coinciding with an online campaign to fundraise for a QTBIPOC-centred arts festival in august. Campaign here: generosity.com/community-fundraising/killjoy-fest-2016–2

Shadow Life Book Deal Announcement in Publishers Weekly

February 25, 2016 By: Hiromi Category: Blog

The news of the Shadow Life deal with FirstSecond Books hit Publishers Weekly. ~__~ Woohooo!

Upcoming Events at Memorial University, Grenfell Campus

February 12, 2016 By: Hiromi Category: Blog, Events, News & Reviews

Too distracted prepping for said presentations I haven’t inputted the details into my Events page! But I thought I need to place it Somewhere!

Several talks and a reading coming up at Memorial University, Grenfell Campus, in Newfoundland. All events are open to the general public and are free of charge.

Yoroshiku!

Hiromi Goto’s & Celine Loup’s 1rst Graphic Novel, ‘Shadow Life’

February 10, 2016 By: Hiromi Category: Blog, News & Reviews

Oh MY GOD! I’ve been sitting on this news forever! And now we can finally talk about it!

Our first ever graphic novel will be published with First Second Books in 2018. Still a ways to go, Celine will be starting her brilliant but long labour (respect!) of making visual art out of words soon. I’ll blog a bit more about the process later, but for now a big colourful (if it’s online colour ink is free! free! FREE!) splashy announcement and interview in the LA Times 0____0 !!!

TWELVE MILLION KERMIT ARMS FLAILING IN THE AIR YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!

Thank you to my Agent, Sally Harding & the Cooke Agency for finding the perfect home for this project! Thank you to Calista Brill at First Second for seeing the spirit of what I imagined…. ~___~

Hiromi Goto Interview on Co-op Radio

February 05, 2016 By: Hiromi Category: Blog, Events, Interviews, News & Reviews

Is blogging still a thing? I’ve fallen off of regular postings. My partner reassures me that I’m micro-blogging on Twitter and I suppose it’s true. A dear writer friend of mine, who is very savvy, has pointed out writing a lot on a blog is basically writing for free, when it’s important that we try to find gigs that will pay us for our labour. Yes, I thought. That’s true. It takes time to write a post and when I had kept a more regular stream of entries I would find creative energy rather spent after a particularly long piece. But then a blog is also a nice way to share some thoughts with readers & the broader writing community so there’s that.

Hullo! Today’s topic is Radio Interviews! XD XD XD

It’s been a while since I’ve been on air. Thank you, Julia & Art, for having me come in for the Writing Life program! Happily it wasn’t live, but pre-recorded. Far less pressure for those (like me) who get all sweaty at the idea of not being able to take something back….

Alas.

Tips on how to prepare for  Interview both live & pre-corded:

  1. Listen to previous interviews that the program has conducted.
  2. Ask for a list of questions, even rough copy, of what they intend to ask to be sent to you several days prior to interview.
  3. If there’s a question that you think is inappropriate, etc. let the interviewer know you cannot respond to that question. (But also don’t think you can veto almost all of them, unless there’s some huge problem with the line of questioning– then it’s better to just politely let them know that this doesn’t seem like the right venue for your work, thank you for the invitation, however. Be professional.)
  4. Review the questions and jot down notes for yourself, so if you have brain freeze your notes will bring you back.
  5. Practice aloud at home, by yourself or with someone else asking you the questions.

Julia and Art were all graciousness and the questions very professional & engaging. We’d gone through most of the questions and I was feeling rather relieved that I’d held it together, we were almost done. They asked me if I ever experienced writer’s block and if I did, what I did to deal with it.

Yes, I experience it, I relayed. Going off the interview notes script I’d prepared for myself I decided I wanted to reference Octavia E. Butler (for the listeners, because not everyone knows about her amazing Speculative Fiction) and create an analogy between how I deal with writer’s block and the behaviour of the aliens in her Xenogenesis trilogy….

In the trilogy, I explained, there’s an alien race called the Oankali, who have three sexes. The third sex was able to manipulate genetic material, and shape things in this special organ inside them, called a…. My mind groped around in the dark for the word. “Ya….” As Julia and Art gazed at me and the interview silence began stretching my mouth completed the word before my mind was finished… “ni”. “Yani.”

A little thought bubble wafted around in my back brain, “Really? Was that the word?” but my forebrain was charging ahead to complete the interview. The alien, I explained, with the “yani”  would sometimes find itself in need of new genetic materials. They’d say, “My yani hungers.” And so they would go out to collect new things. When I have writer’s block, I explained, I think of it as feeding my “yani”. I read books, watch films, go to art galleries, etc. to feed what’s been depleted…. A petit uneasiness lingered in the deepest reaches of my thought bubble mind, but I forged on, the need to be present and respond efficiently and clearly so necessary on radio. Finally I was done. Phew!

I thanked my kind hosts and walked home, set back to working on a very difficult presentation on gender, feminism and identity constructs for an upcoming university visit.

Many days later I received an email from Art that the interview would air the next day. The day of, a few hours before the program was to begin the little thought bubble in the back of my brain slowly bobbed its way to the front and swelled into comprehension. “It’s not ‘yani’…the organ in the third sex in the Oankali is the ‘yashi’. It’s ‘yashi’! You said ‘yani’ because you conflated ‘yoni’ with ‘yashi’, you actually said on radio, “My yani hungers.” YOU MIGHT AS WELL SAID, MY PUSSY HUNGERS!!!!! OH MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!

 

Dear friends, sometimes, no matter how well you prepare, you will make a mistake.

Make it a glorious one.