Strong Women, Soft Power in London

20 March 2016

If you’ll be attending the London Book Fair or if you’re in or around London on Tuesday, April 12th, please join me and two stellar Japanese translators, Lucy North and Ginny Tapley Takemori, along with one of our topnotch editors, Yuka Igarashi, web editor at Catapult and founder of Fifty Storms, for a evening of readings from and conversation about contemporary Japanese literature at the Society Club in...

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Yuko Tsushima has died at 68

19 February 2016

It is with sadness that I note that the writer Yuko Tsushima passed away on February 18th.  A daughter of Osamu Dazai, she was a literary heavyweight in her own right.  She won many awards for her writing, and her novel Child of Fortune, both in the original and in Geraldine Harcourt’s brilliant translation, had a profound impact on me...

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Kinokuniya and Murakami

10 September 2015

With today’s publication in Japan of a new book by Haruki Murakami, the largest bookstore chain in Japan is implementing a new tactic. As reported by Publishing Perspectives, Kinokuniya has purchased 90% of the initial print run–that is to say, 90,000 of 100,000 copies–in an effort to draw customers to their brick-and-mortar stores and, presumably, away from a certain online retailer. The book is also available for sale on Kinokuniya‘s Japanese...

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Short Stories Japan

15 December 2014

Short Stories Japan is a site dedicated to Japanese literature in English translation, especially short stories and “light novel” type works. The site aims to introduce readers to the vast world of untapped Japanese fiction, but it also provides a forum for the translation community to interact with each other and work together.

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Crafting Words in the Japan Times

29 November 2014

Following up on a feature article with Fuminori Nakamura that coincided with the appearance of his latest novel in English, the Japan Times has published an interview with his translator (me!) about the craft of translation, working with authors alive and dead, and the tyranny of the blank...

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Fuminori Nakamura at Kinokuniya New York

21 October 2014

The author Fuminori Nakamura will be on a North American tour for the publication of his latest novel, Last Winter, We Parted (translated by me, Allison Markin Powell) and to receive the 2014 David L. Goodis Award for Noir fiction. On Monday, November 3rd, he will appear at Kinokuniya Bookstore in New York to sign books and discuss the translation and publication of the book with his editor, Juliet Grames of Soho Crime, and his translator,...

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Murakami and Minato on BBC Radio 4

7 October 2014

A little belated but nonetheless exciting—how often are they talking about Japanese fiction on the radio?—listen here to Stephen Snyder talk about his new translation of Confessions by Kanae Minato, recently published by Mulholland Books, alongside Steven Poole discussing Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of...

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Junkudo’s Night at the Bookstore

30 September 2014

My friend Alta sent this link about Japanese bookstore Junkudo’s trial run of a sleepover for customers at one of their Tokyo branches. Apparently today is the last day to apply online. I can’t say that the accommodations in the photo look particularly inviting, but I love the idea of an all-you-can-read sleepover. Alas, the event will take place on November 1st, the week before I arrive in...

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The Bridge Bookends the Brooklyn Book Festival 2014

2 September 2014

As one of the bookend events leading up to the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 21st, The Bridge Series launches its first co-presentation with the PEN America Translation Committee, “Imaginary Gardens With Real Robots in Them: On Translating Science Fiction,” on Thursday, September 18th at 7pm at Singularity & Co., in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Terry Gallagher, translator of Toh EnJoe, among others, will appear with Ross Benjamin, translator from the German, and Michael Kandel, translator from the Polish, to discuss their craft and the challenges unique to translating science fiction. The event will be moderated by Sal Robinson, co-founder of The Bridge...

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Award Season: IFFP & BTBA

15 April 2014

It’s that time of year again… Literary award season. And 2014 looks like the year of the Japanese woman…

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