Author Kyoko Nakajima visited Toronto from Japan for TIFA 2019 (Toronto International Festival of Authors). Her novel 小さいおうち Chiisai Ouchi was awarded the Naoki Prize in 2010 and later adapted into the 2014 film Chiisai Ouchi, directed by Yoji Yamada. It was translated in English as The Little House in 2019.
On Saturday October 26, 2019 The Japan Foundation, Toronto hosted a panel discussion entitled “Writers on Writing: Author Kyoko Nakajima in conversation with Lynne Kutsukake”. With local writer Lynne Kutsukake and interpreter Jocelyne Allen, Kyoko Nakajima discussed her use of place and time in the narrative and her experiences as a writer of Japanese literature.