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Online Book Club, “Convenience Store Woman”

This program was an online discussion of the book Convenience Store Womana novel by the best-selling Japanese author Sayaka Murata.

This brilliant, quirky, sweet gem of a book transported participants into the life of Keiko, a long-term convenience store employee. Perhaps Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen described it best: “A darkly comic, deeply unsettling examination of contemporary life, of alienation, of capitalism, of identity, of conformity. We’ve all been to this convenience store, whether it’s in Japan or somewhere else.”

This program was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington, and funded by a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

Program leader

The Book Club was facilitated by EARC China Specialist Tese Wintz Neighbor.


Date and time: April 23-24, 2020; 3:00 – 6:00 PM. This program was offered online.

This program was free for K-12 in-service teachers.

Program benefits

  • A physical or digital copy of the book
  • Online Resource packet
  • Four free Washington State OSPI clock hours