We watched from the comfort of our undisturbed homes when Japan’s Tohoku coast was devastated in 2011 by a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami. But for author Gretel Ehrlich (This Cold Heaven, The Future of Ice and The Solace of Open Spaces), it wasn’t enough to commiserate from afar. Already in love with the Japanese culture she’d studied for years, Ehrlich journeyed to the Tohoku villages to see how survivors were faring amid deeper fears set off by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-plant meltdown. Her travels brought her face-to-face with ordinary people — farmers and fishermen, aging geishas and monks — and the result, Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami, is a thoughtful reflection on real lives torn apart in a matter of hours and days.
Ehrlich will discuss and sign Facing the Wave ($25, Pantheon) tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street; admission is free. For more information, visit www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-436-1070. She’ll also speak tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen, in conjunction with the Winter Words series. Tickets are $20; go to www.aspenshowtix.com or call 970-920-5700.
Tue., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2013