Writing Between Languages and Cultures: A Reading and Conversation with Yoko Tawada

6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Contact Name:
Elizabeth Amrien
Join us for a reading and conversation with the internationally renowned writer Yoko Tawada. Tawada was born in Tokyo in 1960 and moved to Hamburg when she was twenty-two, where she received a PhD in German literature, and then to Berlin in 2006. She writes in both Japanese and German and has published several books—stories, novels, poems, plays, essays—in both languages. She has received numerous awards for her writing including the Akutagawa Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize (a German award recognizing foreign writers for their contributions to German culture), the Tanizaki Prize, the Goethe Medal (an official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany), and the prestigious Yomiurui Prize for Literature. New Directions has published her story collections Where Europe Begins (with a Preface by Wim Wenders) and Facing the Bridge, and her novel of Catherine Deneuve obsession, The Naked Eye, and a stand alone edition of her famous story, The Bridegroom Was a Dog. This event will be moderated by Anna Zielinska-Elliott. Elliott is Anna Elliott is Senior Lecturer in Japanese at Boston University and a translator of modern Japanese literature into Polish and has published numerous translations of novels, stories, and plays by Murakami Haruki, Mishima Yukio, Yoshimoto Banana, and others. Free and open to the public. Reception and book-signing to follow.