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Honoring the Life and Work of Joyce Chapman Lebra

University Libraries CU Legends Series invites you to attend
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Honoring the Life and Work of Joyce Chapman Lebra
Professor of History Emerita
CU Boulder Norlin Library, Fifth Floor
Center for British and Irish Studies

Monday, April 24, 2017 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Click here to view a gallery of photos from the exhibit

  • In 2008 President Nathan of Singapore launched Joyce's book Women Against the Raj; the Rani of Jhansi Regiment.

  • Two of Joyce's books, The Indian National Arny and Japan; and Japanese-trained Armies in Southeast Asia, were reprinted by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

  • Joyce was in Barcelona the week of Sept. 25 for the launch of the Spanish edition of The Scent of Sake!!

  • Joyce held book signings in Beaverton, OR on June 7 at Kinokuniya Bookstore and in Seattle at Sake Nomi in conjunction with Elliott Bay Books on June 12.

  • is holding a The Scent of Sake sweepstakes! Click here to learn more or enter the contest.

  • Joyce was interviewed on Click here to read the interview.

  • The Scent of Sake was published on February 17, 2009. Joyce Lebra signed copies at the Tattered Cover LoDo in Denver on March 18th and also at the Boulder Bookstore on March 19th. The novel is available at all Borders stores, many independent bookstores, and on

  • Joyce is nearly finished writing a novel set in Hawai'i, Cane Fires, and will begin work on Durga's Sword, an historical novel about "India's Joan of Arc," The Rani of Jhansi, where she spent many months in India researching the story. She has also written a non-fiction work on the subject, The Rani of Jhansi; a Study in Female Heroism in India.

  • Joyce Lebra was in Singapore October 17th for the launch of her two books being published by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies: The Indian National Army and Japan, and Women Against the Raj; the Rani of Jhansi Regiment.

Women Against The RAJ

Women Against the Raj; the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, is the history of the women's unit of the Indian National Army, fighting for Indian independence from Britain during World War II. Most of the the recruits were teenagers from Malayan rubber plantations who had never seen India, yet volunteered to fight and possibly die to liberate India ...


The Scent of Sake

A 19th century Japanese woman who overcomes tremendous obstacles to build a sake empire and a family dynasty at a time when women were forbidden to do business. Coming in February, 2009!


The Indian National Army and Japan

This is a reprint of Jungle Alliance; Japan and the Indian National Army, published in 1971 by the Asia/Pacific Press in Singapore. The study traces the origins of the Indian National Army in the imagination of Iwaichi Fujiwara, a young Japanese intelligence officer, and the relationship between the Imperial Japanese Army and the Indian National Army ...


Cane Fires

Cane Fires is the shocking stoory of the murder of Hawaiians over land issues, based on actual murders. In this fictional version Lei Ferreira seeks to protect her Hawaiian heritage and family land against the machinations of a powerful sugar company. She is inspired by the words of activist George Helm who protests the suppression of Hawaiian culture and is thereafter lost mysteriously at sea. The sugar baron's son Mark Driscoll is caught between his father's nefarious plot to take the Ferreira land and his growing involvement with Lei. It seems that the Hawaiian Renaissance will be accompanied by bloodshed, as with the struggles of native peoples everywhere...