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women in translation month 2017

August is Women in Translation Month, which helps to get through what is, for me, the cruelest month. It’s already shaping up to be a banner year for Japanese women writers in translation:  2017 has...

Murakami cites benefits of translation work

In an event at Kinokuniya in Tokyo to promote the release of a new collection of his works in translation, Haruki Murakami provided rare insight into the relationship between his work as a writer and his work...

PEN World Voices 2017

The 2017 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will take place from May 1st through May 7th. The theme of this year’s festival is Gender + Power, with a remarkable lineup of authors and...

Strong Women, Soft Power in London

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,...

Yuko Tsushima has died at 68

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,...

Kinokuniya and Murakami

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...

Short Stories Japan

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...

Crafting Words in the Japan Times

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...

Fuminori Nakamura at Kinokuniya New York

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...

Murakami and Minato on BBC Radio 4

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...