The Kawai Scrolls
The Kawai Scrolls

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Publisher: Tidewater Press

Author Statement: Louis Druehl
Audience: Trade
Pages: 306
Trim Size: 5 1/2" X 8 1/2" X 11/16"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20210408
Copyright Year: 2021
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The Kawai Scrolls

His Hopi princess bride has left him for the head of the philosopy department and his PhD thesis is stalled; what is left for an Iowa farmboy to do but to board a slow boat to Yokohama? John Rolfe leaves the academic desert of New Mexico for Japan, in search of fame and inspiration among the Ainu, the white aborigines of Hokkaido. While his adventures as an American innocent abroad take many a romantic and political turn, John discovers as the Ainu believe, that everything is God...and bears.

The Kawai Scrolls is the picaresque tale of a young American anthropologist studying the Ainu people in Japan. By turns lighthearted and profound, the novel explores the complexities of modern-day indigenous culture from a fresh perspective.


Louis Druehl is the editor of The New Bamfielder and Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University where he taught and researched kelp for 36 years. His bestseller, Pacific Seaweeds (Harbour Publishing, 2001), introduced thousands to these little-appreciated plants. Louis continues a 40-year relationship with Japanese seaweed researchers. His first novel, Cedar, Salmon and Weed (Granville Island Publishing, 2015) received an Honourable Mention for the Whistler Independent Book Awards 2016. The Kawai Scrolls is his second novel.

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