Monkey Business International Vol. 4 debuted last weekend in Japan at the Tokyo International Literary Festival. The magazine’s founding editor, Motoyuki Shibata, and contributors Brian Evenson, David Peace and Tomoka Shibasaki gave readings and talks at several Tokyo venues.
Brian Evenson reading his latest short story, “The Punish,” from Monkey Business vol. 4.
Evenson and Motoyuki Shibata in conversation.
Shibata also gave a talk with editor John Freeman, formerly of British literary magazine, Granta.
Now, Monkey 4 is on its way to North America!
We are thrilled to announce that Monkey Business International vol. 4 will be released at the end of this month — February, 2014. The issue opens with a new contributor, Craft Ebbing Co., a designer duo who tells the story of a mysterious box alongside color pictures of their exquisite craftsmanship. Richard Powers brainfully unpacks the most-talked-about living Japanese author, Haruki Murakami, and Kodansha Prize-winning translator Roger Pulvers unveils “The Restaurant of Many Orders,” one of the most popular stories by beloved Japanese giant, Kenji Miyazaki. Sci Fi wiz Toh Enjoe joins Monkey stalwarts Gen’ichiro Takashi, Hiromi Kawakami, Hideo Furukawa and Sachiko Kishimoto — plus debuts of new writers you must meet in our hungry pages.
The new issue will be available on this website and in selected bookstores in the US this spring, and popping through the spring soils in Japan at the upcoming Tokyo Literary Festival, Feb. 28-March 10.
Stay tuned for more!!
Last night, when the biggest snow storm of the season hit the east coast, Richard Powers made it to McNally Jackson Bookstore in downtown Manhattan and kickstarted the reading tour of his newly released book, ORFEO.
Despite the severe weather, the place was packed. Powers read from the book, then took questions from the audience about the story, his writing style, and life in Palo Alto, where he just moved last October.
Powers is known for not signing his books. Instead, he signs special Richard Powers stickers for personal use.
I got a sticker for his first book, Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, translated by Motoyuki Shibata.
…and he posed with Monkey Business Issue 3 (!), which contains his short story, ” Lodestar.”
He is also writing a new essay on Haruki Murakami for Issue 4, due in a few weeks!!
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Monkey Business fav and friend Richard Powers has a new novel, “ORFEO, ” out this month. His protagonist is 70 year-old avant-garde composer Peter Els, who experiments on splicing musical patters and microbiology. The book in Sundays NYTBR. If you’re in New York next week, Powers will be at McNally Jackson Bookstore in Soho on Tuesday, January 21.
Read Powers’s new essay on Haruki Murakami in our Issue 4, out in early February. Stay turned!
Torja magazine reports on the Monkey’s launch event at The Japan Foundation, Toronto this fall. Read it online here.
Read the review in the Nikkei Voice here.
Once again, Monkey Biz contributor and friend Haruki Murakami is Japan’s best-selling author of the year.
"What We Talk About When We Talk About Haruki Murakami," with Jay Rubin, Motoyuki Shibata and Roland Kelts. Listen to the Podcast from BookCourt in Brooklyn here.