Maki Ogawa & Family Safe
I am sorry that I haven't though to post this before, but I just wanted to let our book fans know that Makiko Ogawa and her family are safe after the deadly earthquake in Japan. I emailed her that day and received a reply a couple of hours later and she informed me that she had picked up her two sons and they were waiting for word from her husband. She has since heard from him and though he could not get home due to transportation being shut down, he was safe. Although I'm sure they're having a hard time dealing with the various issues coming up in the wake of the quake, it's always good to know that people are safe.
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