Monday, October 13, 2014
Literature Building Room 155 (de Certeau)
Monkey Business is a Brooklyn-based annual literary journal focusing on new Japanese writers including Haruki Murakami, Yoko Ogawa and Hiromi Kawakami, also with contributions from distinguished American writers such as Paul Auster, Richard Powers and Steve Erickson. Three Japanese writers who have contributed to Monkey Business will visit UCSD to discuss the Japanese literary scene and read from their own work, accompanied by the editors/translators of the journal.
Speakers: Hideo Furukawa (novelist, Mishima Award), Hiromi Ito (poet, novelist, essayist, Takami Jun Award), and Tomoka Shibasaki (novelist, Akutagawa Award)
Moderators: Roland Kelts and Motoyuki Shibata (Monkey Business editors)
Professor Motoyuki Shibata is Japan's leading translator of contemporary American literature and the founder of a literary magazine, Monkey Business. He has translated the works of Paul Auster, Steven Millhauser, Stuart Dybek, and Richard Powers, among others. In 2010, Professor Shibata has received the Japan Translation Cultural Prize for his translation of Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon. He also received the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities for American Narcissus in 2005. He has been a professor of American literature and literary translation at the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo until Spring 2014.