Join a lively conversation between contemporary Japanese and American authors. Continuing an on-going collaboration with Pen World Voices, Japan Foundation, and A Public Space, Asia Society is delighted to be hosting another international writers’ dialogue. Curated and moderated by the co-founders and editors of Monkey Business, Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, together with contributing editor Roland Kelts, this year’s featured writers are Japanese authors Hideo Furukawa and Mieko Kawakami, in conversation with American authors Rebecca Brown and Linh Dinh.

Monkey Business is a unique, cutting-edge annual literary journal which showcases newly-translated Japanese as well as contributions from contemporary American and British writers. A genre defying publication, Monkey Business has presented manga renditions by top Japanese artists of Kafka, Lafcadio Hearn, and Bruno Schulz, as well as short stories and poetry by such noted writers as Paul Auster, Hideo Furukawa, Haruki Murakami, and Charles Simic.

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Hideo Furukawa is the author of Belka, Why Don’t You Bark? His partly fictional reportage Horses, Horses, in the End Light Remains Pure, will be published on March 11, 2016, the fifth “anniversary” of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Mieko Kawakami, is a novelist, poet, singer and actress. English translations of her work have appeared in many publications, including March Was Made of Yarn: Writers Respond to Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown.

Linh Dinh is the author of the poetry collections Borderless Bodies and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy, two short story collections, Fake House and Blood and Soap,and a novel Love Like Hate. His blog is Postcards from the End of [the] America[n Empire].

Rebecca Brown is known for her intense, spellbinding prose. Her publications include The Gifts of the Body, The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary, The Last Time I Saw You, and a collection of essays American Romances. She lives in Seattle.

Roland Kelts, contributing editor to Monkey Business, is the author of the bestselling Japanamerica (2007). His articles, essays and stories have been published in leading journals and publications.

Ted Goossen, one of the founding editors of Monkey Business teaches Japanese literature and film at York University in Toronto. He is the general editor of The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories.

Motoyuki Shibata, one of the founding editors of Monkey Business teaches American literature and literary translation at the University of Tokyo. Among others, he has translated Paul Auster, Rebecca Brown, Linh Dinh, Kelly Link and Charles Simic.

Co-presented by the Asia Society and the Japan Foundation in coordination with Monkey Business and A Public Space.

Part of Citi Series on Asian Arts and Culture.


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