Updates

Junkudo’s Night at the Bookstore

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...

Award Season: IFFP & BTBA

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

PEN World Voices 2014

PEN America has announced the schedule of events for the 10th anniversary of their PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature…

Writers Omi Translation Lab at Baruch College

Takami Nieda and Nao-Cola Yamazaki—one of four translator-writer pairs awarded this year’s prestigious 10-day Translation Lab residency at Writers Omi—will appear at Baruch College. On November 14th, the last...

Noma Award for Translation

The 19th Noma Award for the Translation of Japanese Literature will be presented to Roger Pulvers.  He will be honored during a ceremony and reception on September 16, 2013, at the Japan Society in New York....

Asymptote’s Emerging Translator Contest

The journal Asymptote has announced their first-ever translation contest. “Close Approximations,” their new international contest, will be judged by two translators, Eliot Weinberger (poetry)...

Osamu Dazai’s teenage graffiti

My peripatetic neighbor Jen brought a clipping from the Yomiuri Shimbun about a newly disclosed collection of Osamu Dazai’s school-age notebooks and a diary.  It’s a fascinating look into the mind...