Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Monkey Business launch party, tomorrow, May 1, in NYC

Check out the bands for MONKEY's launch tomorrow night
We’re thrilled to have two brilliant Japanese bands performing at tomorrow night’s opening party for Monkey Business, Issue 3.  It will be an evening not to be missed.
*Check out NEO BLUES MAKI here.
*And then hang with Japanese female indie rockers THE SUZAN here.
**Catch them both live tomorrow night, May 1st … right here.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Chinese translation rights to Japanamerica ....

...now sold. And it's all legal!
My thanks to the book's US/UK publisher, Macmillan, and to Chinese publisher Beijing Yanziyue Culture & Art Studio for their faith and largesse. 
Looking forward to the new cover, and to the end of wasteful and hoary disputes among three great countries.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Monkey Business 3 Launch in NYC next week

Here's the initial rundown, as of right now.

Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, New York
Monkey Business: A Cabaret with A Public Space
East meets West Meets Uptown meets Downtown

Readings by Gen’ichiro Takahashi, Mina Ishikawa, Kevin Brockmeier, Ted Goossen and Motoyuki Shibata
Music by Neo Blues Maki and The Suzan
Hosted by Roland Kelts
[PEN info]
PEN World Voices joins with Asia Society, A Public Space,
and Monkey Business International—the acclaimed
English-language anthology of newly translated Japanese
writing—for a cabaret-style night of readings, conversation,
and music. Hosted by Japanamerica author Roland Kelts.

Tickets: $15/$12 PEN Members and students with valid ID
$12 food minimum or two drink minimum per person
212-967-7555 or www.publictheater.org, or visit The Public
Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street. Box Office Hours:
Sun-Mon 1-6 p.m., Tue-Sat 1-7:30 p.m.


Presented in association with The Public Theater, a center
for culture, arts, and ideas, and co-sponsored by Asia Society,
Monkey Business, and A Public Space.
[EVENT 2] Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m   Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave. at 24th St., New York
     Resonances: Contemporary Writers on the Classics
Participants: Nadeem Aslam, Eduardo Halfon, James Kelman, and Genichiro Takahasi
Moderated by: Eva S. Chou

[PEN Info] 
Before the flame, a spark.

Each year, a group of Festival authors are invited by Baruch
College’s Great Works program to comment on a classic
work of literature or author that influenced their own work.
Panelists speak about the great works that affected them,
read from their own work or their chosen classic text to
illustrate the impact, then engage in discussion with the

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by The Great Works Program, Weissman
School of Arts and Sciences—Baruch College, Asia Society,
Monkey Business, and A Public Space.


Thursday, May 2, 7pm
BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, New York
Monkey Business--Japan/America: Writers’ Dialogue

Dialogues between Paul Auster and Gen’ichiro Takahashi, and between Charles Simic and Mina Ishikawa

 [PEN info]
Paul Auster and Charles Simic join Gen’ichiro Takahashi,
one of Japan’s leading novelists and critics, and Mina Ishikawa,
a fresh new voice in tanka poetry, for an intriguing cross-cultural
encounter. The conversation will be facilitated by eminent translators
Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, the editors of the acclaimed
English-language anthology of newly translated Japanese writing,
Monkey Business International.
Tickets: $15/$10 Asia Society and PEN Members; $12
students and seniors

Co-sponsored by Asia Society, A Public Space, and Monkey

Shibata will be giving a talk at Baruch College at 1pm, on May 2

Shibata is also giving a keynote speech for a symposium “The Politics of Polyglossia,” at Baruch College, 1:30pm, May 6: