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"Dearest Lenny" Book Release - Author Talk & Signing

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Join us for an afternoon with author Mari Yoshihara, for the book release of Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro (Oxford University Press, 2019). The book interweaves the account of Leonard Bernstein’s transformation from an American celebrity to a world maestro and an intimate story of his relationships with two Japanese individuals. By tracing the special relationships that crossed the boundaries of status, language, culture, and age, the book illuminates how Bernstein and his music had life-transforming impact on so many around the world. It also sheds light on the making of a global Bernstein amidst the shifting landscape of the music industry and the political economy of the world after WWII.

Reviews of the book: '

The Guardian

NY Journal of Books

About the author:

Mari Yoshihara is a bilingual and bicultural scholar and writer whose life and work are grounded in the United States and Japan. Born in New York City and raised in Tokyo, she earned her BA from the University of Tokyo and PhD from Brown University.

She currently serves as the Editor of American Quarterly, the journal of the American Studies Association.  Professor Yoshihara a team of scholars based both at the University of Hawai‘i and other institutions in Canada, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Australia in reviewing, editing, and publishing works of cutting-edge scholarship in the field. (

Author of Embracing the East and Musicians from a Different Shore: Asians and Asian Americans in Classical Music (Temple University Press, 2007), Yoshihara’s most recent publication is Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro (Oxford University Press, 2019).