Public reading and reception: “Monkey Business: New Writing From Japan”
Thursday, April 30, 5:30-7:30
Van Hise Hall, Room 104, UW-Madison, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison WI
Members of the Japanese literary journal <Monkey Business> ( http://monkeybusinessmag.tumblr.com/ ) will perform a public reading in English translation of the recent works of a popular avant-garde author, Ms. Aoko Matsuda, and an award-winning picture book author-illustrator, Mr. Satoshi Kitamura.
Reception with light food to follow the event.
The moderators are the journal’s primary editor and founder, Professor Emeritus Motoyuki Shibata (University of Tokyo), and editor Mr. Roland Kelts (writer for The New Yorker and The Japan Times as well as author of the highly regarded book Japanamerica).
The event will be hosted by Professors Adam L. Kern (UW-Madison) and Glynne Walley (UO-Eugene).
For an NPR interview with Roland, please visit: http://www.scpr.org/programs/madeleine-brand/2011/05/09/19002/roland-kelts/
And for a short video on "Monkey Business" in NYC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp5jfn5NRRA
Aoko MATSUDA is one of the most promising young Japanese novelists today. She has published two collections of short stories, and has also translated Karen Russell’s story collection St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. Among English translations of her work are “Photographs Are Images,” which was translated by Jeffrey Angles and is included in the latest issue of Monkey Business, as well as “Planting,” which was translated by Angus Turvill and appeared in Japan Earthquake Charity Literature, a project by the literary journal Waseda Bungaku.
Satoshi KITAMURA is an award-winning picture-book artist and illustrator. His own books include When Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book, Millie’s Marvelous Hat, and Lily Takes a Walk. He has worked with numerous artists and poets, especially with poet John Agard, with whom he has collaborated a number of books including The Young Inferno and Goldilocks on CCTV. Kitamura has contributed to the latest issue of Monkey Business “Variation and Theme,” a picture narrative inspired by a poem by Charles Simic.
Roland KELTS is author of the best-selling Japanamerica (2007), and his articles, essays and stories have been published in The New Yorker, Time, Zoetrope: All Story, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, A Public Space, Newsday, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The Yomiuri and The Japan Times among others. He is contributing editor to Monkey Business, a literary journal focused on contemporary Japanese writing.
Motoyuki SHIBATA taught American literature and literary translation at the University of Tokyo until 2014. Among others, he has translated Paul Auster, Rebecca Brown, Stuart Dybek, Steve Erickson, Laird Hunt, Kelly Link, Steven Millhauser, Richard Powers, and Charles Simic. He is one of the founding editors of Monkey Business.
This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Japanese Student Association, the Anonymous Fund, the Jay and Ruth Halls Visiting Scholar Fund, the University Lectures Committee, the UW-Madison A.W. Mellon Workshop on Comics, the Center for the Humanities, the Center for East Asian Studies at UW-Madison, the Nippon Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature.