Monkey Business Fall 2014 Full California Tour Schedule

Can’t wait to tour the West Coast with us in a few weeks? In addition to San Diego, Los Angeles, and Palo Alto, here’s the complete list of stops we will be making on the California leg of our tour. Join Monkey Business founder Motoyuki Shibata, editors Ted Goossen and Roland Kelts, MONKEY contributors Hideo Furukawa, Tomoka Shibasaki, Hiromi Itoh, and many more at a stop near you!

MONKEY BUSINESS WEST COAST 2014 FALL TOUR

 13: San Diego: UC San Diego, 4-6:30 p.m.

14: Los Angeles: The Last Bookstore, LA, 7:30 p.m.

15: Los Angeles: USC, Translation Panel, 4 p.m.

       Los Angeles: Monkey Reading & Discussion, 7 p.m.

16: Los Angeles: UCLA Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue, 6 p.m.

20: Palo Alto: Stanford University, 6:30 p.m.

21: Oakland: Diesel Bookstore, 7 p.m.

22: San Francisco: USF, 5-7 p.m.

23: Berkeley: UC Berkeley, 2 p.m.

 EVENT DETAILS:

13: San Diego: UC San Diego, 4-6:30 p.m.

New Japanese Writing: Monkey Business Writers Speak

Monday, October 13, 2014

4:00-6:00pm

University of San Diego

5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, California 92110

Literature Building Room 155 (de Certeau)

Speakers: Hideo Furukawa (novelist, Mishima Award), Hiromi Itoh (poet, novelist, essayist, Takami Jun Award), and Tomoka Shibasaki (novelist, Akutagawa Award)

Moderators: Roland Kelts and Motoyuki Shibata (Monkey Business editors)

14: Los Angeles: The Last Bookstore, LA, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 14,2014

7:30pm

The Last Bookstore

453 S Spring St – Ground Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90013

15: Los Angeles: USC, Translation Panel, 4 p.m.

       Los Angeles: Monkey Reading & Discussion, 7 p.m.

Baiting the Hook: The Tricky Art of Translating Japanese Literature

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

4pm

USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture

825 Bloom Walk, Ahmanson Center 130D

Los Angeles, CA 90089-1481

Room 450, Tutor Campus Center (TCC)

University of Southern California

Speakers: Michael Emmerich (UCLA), Andrew Leong (Northwestern University)

Moderators: Roland Kelts and Motoyuki Shibata (Monkey Business editors)

Monkey Biz: The Latest Words from Today’s Japan

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

7pm

USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture

825 Bloom Walk, Ahmanson Center 130D

Los Angeles, CA 90089-1481

Room 450, Tutor Campus Center (TCC)

University of Southern California

Speakers: Hideo Furukawa (novelist, Mishima Award), Hiromi Itoh (poet, novelist, essayist, Takami Jun Award), and Tomoka Shibasaki (novelist, Akutagawa Award)

Moderators: Roland Kelts and Motoyuki Shibata (Monkey Business editors)

16: Los Angeles: UCLA Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue, 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

6pm

UCLA Japan

11282 Bunche Hall, University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California 90095

20: Palo Alto: Stanford University, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, October 20, 2014

6:30pm

Stanford University

450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

(650) 723-2300

Speakers: Hiromi Itoh (poet, novelist, essayist, Takami Jun Award) and Tomoka Shibasaki (novelist, Akutagawa Award)

Moderators: Roland Kelts and Ted Goossen (Monkey Business editors)

21: Oakland: Diesel Bookstore, 7 p.m.

Oakland- A literary evening with ZYZZYVA and Monkey Business

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

7pm

DIESEL, A Bookstore

5433 College Ave

Oakland, California

94618-1502

Speakers: Hiromi Itoh (poet, novelist, essayist, Takami Jun Award) and Tomoka Shibasaki (novelist, Akutagawa Award)

Moderators: Roland Kelts and Ted Goossen (Monkey Business editors)

22: San Francisco: USF, 5-7 p.m.

Monkey Business: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry from Japan and the US

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton St.

San Francisco, California 94117

Fromm Hall 120 - Xavier Auditorium

Speakers: Hiromi Itoh (poet, novelist, essayist, Takami Jun Award) and Tomoka Shibasaki (novelist, Akutagawa Award)

Moderators: Roland Kelts and Ted Goossen (Monkey Business editors)

23: Berkeley: UC Berkeley, 2 p.m.

Monkey Business: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry from Japan and the US

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2pm

UC Berkeley

80 Doe Library

Berkeley, California 94720

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies

Speakers: Hiromi Itoh (poet, novelist, essayist, Takami Jun Award) and Tomoka Shibasaki (novelist, Akutagawa Award)

Moderators: Roland Kelts and Ted Goossen (Monkey Business editors)

 

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MONKEY at Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA, 10/20

The first of a string of appearances in northern California, MONKEY at Stanford — with Tomoka Shibasaki, Hiromi Itoh, Roland Kelts & Ted Goossen. 

Join MONKEY at USC - Los Angeles, CA, 10/15!

Following our appearance at San Diego on October 13th, the 2014 Fall Tour of Monkey Business will continue to Los Angeles!

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MONKEY founder and Japanese Man-of-letters Motoyuki Shibata and editor Roland Kelts will join Monkey contributor Michael Emmerich and Northwestern University professor Andrew Leong for two sessions where they will discuss Japanese writing, contemporary culture, and the tricky art of translating Japanese works. Fellow MONKEY contributors Hideo Furukawa, Tomoka Shibasaki, winner of this year’s coveted Akutagawa Prize, and Hiromi Ito will also be present.

See below for more information, and don’t get to RSVP before the event!

Wednesday, October 15th, 4 - 5:30pm

Session 1: Baiting the Hook: The Tricky Art of Translating Japanese Literature

USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture
825 Bloom Walk, Ahmanson Center 130D
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1481

Room 450, Tutor Campus Center (TCC)
University of Southern California 

Michael Emmerich, UCLA

Andrew Leong, Northwestern University

Motoyuki Shibata, University of Tokyo/Monkey Business

Moderated by Roland Kelts (author of Japanamerica)

Motoyuki Shibata (University of Tokyo), renowned translator and founding editor of Monkey Business, will be in conversation with Andrew Leong (Northwestern University) and Michael Emmerich (UCLA) about the complexities of translation modern and contemporary Japanese literature into Western languages. Leong is a translator of Japanese vernacular literature written and published in the Americas (including Nagahara Shoson’s Lament in the Night) and Emmerich is a translator of more than a dozen books from Japanese, most recently Inoue Yasushi’s Life of a Counterfeiter.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 7 - 8:30pm

Session 2: Monkey Biz: The Latest Words from Today’s Japan

USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture
825 Bloom Walk, Ahmanson Center 130D
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1481

Room 450, Tutor Campus Center (TCC)
University of Southern California 

Hideo Furukawa: Author of Tribes of the Arabian Nights (2001), Belka Why Don’t You Bark? (2005), Holy Family (2008), and O Horses! At Least The Light Remains Pure (2011) among others and winner of the 2006 Mishima Prize, the 2012 Mystery Writers of Japan Prize, the 2012 Japan Science Fiction Award.

Hiromi Ito: Author of La Niña (1999), Supernatural Stories from Japan (2004), Wild Grass on a Riverbank (2005) among others and winner of the 2007 Hagiwara Sakutaro Award and 2008 Murasaki Shikibu Literary Award.

Tomoka Shibasaki: Author of Asleep or Awake (2010), Viridian (2011), and In the City Where I Was Not (2012) among others and winner of the 2014 Akutagawa Prize

Moderatored by Roland Kelts (author of Japanamerica) and Motoyuki Shibata(University of Tokyo/Monkey Business)

Monkey Business is a Tokyo- and Brooklyn-based annual literary journal which showcases Japanese fiction & poetry newly translated into English. The magazine draws a large part of its materials from the Japanese quarterlies Monkey Business (2008-2011) and Monkey (2013-  ), but it also publishes new works by contemporary American and British writers popular in Japan, providing a literary space where new voices from both sides of the Pacific meet. Since 2011 there have been four issues, in which short stories, poems and essays by such noted writers as Paul Auster, Hideo Furukawa, Haruki Murakami, and Richard Powers have been featured. Three award-winning Japanese authors visit Los Angeles to discuss their writing, contemporary Japanese culture, and what it feels like to live in post-disaster Japan. They will be joined by Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica, and founding editor and University of Tokyo scholar Motoyuki Shibata of Monkey Business, the only annual English-language journal focused on Japanese literature, culture and visual art. There will be readings, discussions and Q&A. 

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California MONKEY Launch, 2014 — SAN DIEGO, 10/13!

Our 2014 California Tour kicks off Monday, Oct. 13 in San Diego: w/Hideo Furukawa, Tomoka Shibasaki, Steve Erickson, Hiromi Ito, Peter Orner, Motoyuki Shibata, Roland Kelts & Ted Goossen. Moving on to Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco & Berkeley. More dates TBA. Join us! 

[EVENT RECAP - PHOTOS AND VIDEO] Monkey Business Issue 4 Launch Events in New York (Asia Society, Kinokuniya, Baruch College, BookCourt, 5/3/2014 - 5/5/2014)

To celebrate the launch of issue 4 of Monkey Business: New Voices from Japan, the magazine’s contributing authors Toh EnJoe, Hideo Furukawa, Laird Hunt, Matthew Sharpe, founding editors Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, and contributing editor, Roland Kelts came to New York for a series of launch events taking place from May 3rd, 2014 to May 5th, 2014. 

Check out the stunning photos, videos, and recaps from all four events below!

Saturday, May 3, 2pm-
PEN World Voices Festival
Monkey Business — Japan/America: Writer’s Dialogue
Dialogues between Hideo Furukawa and Laird Hunt, and between Toh EnJoe and Matthew Sharpe at Asia Society

Event Recap: 

Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, co-founders and editors of the literary journal Monkey Business, joined Japanese writers Toh EnJoe and Hideo Furukawa and American writers Laird Hunt and Matthew Sharpe for a provocative cross-cultural encounter exploring the writer’s voice in Japanese and English.

View all the photos from the event on our Facebook.

Watch the entire video of the event HERE.

Sunday, May 4, 2pm- 

Reading at Kinokuniya Bookstore
by EnJoe, Furukawa, Hunt, Roland Kelts, and Sharpe at Kinokuniya Bookstore.

Event Recap:

To celebrate the launch of issue 4 of Monkey Business: New Voices from Japan, the magazine’s contributing authors Toh EnJoe, Hideo Furukawa, Laird Hunt, Matthew Sharpe, founding editors Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, and contributing editor, Roland Kelts came to New York for a series of launch events taking place from May 3rd, 2014 to May 5th, 2014. Below are the photos taken at Kinokuniya Bookstore, where MB contributors Hideo Furukawa and Toh Enjoe read and discussed Japanese literature alongside fellow contributors Laird Hunt, Matthew Sharpe, MONKEY editor and founder Motoyuki Shibata, and Toh Enjoe’s translator, Terry Gallagher; moderated by Roland Kelts.

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Monday, May 5, 12:50pm-
What and How We Are Writing: Two Japanese Authors Talk About Their Work 

Toh Enjoe and Hideo Furukawa at Baruch College

Event Recap:

To celebrate the launch of issue 4 of Monkey Business: New Voices from Japan, the magazine’s contributing authors Toh EnJoe, Hideo Furukawa, Laird Hunt, Matthew Sharpe, founding editors Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, and contributing editor, Roland Kelts came to New York for a series of launch events taking place from May 3rd, 2014 to May 5th, 2014. On May 5th, authors Toh Enjoe and Hideo Furukawa joined Baruch College professor Shigeru Suzuku, where they read excerpts from their own fiction, and discussed contemporary Japanese literature alongside MONKEY editors Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen; moderated by Roland Kelts.

View all photos from the event on our Facebook.

Monday, May 5, 7pm-
Readings at BookCourt
Readings by EnJoe, Furukawa, Hunt, and Sharpe, moderated by Roland Kelts

Event Recap:

To celebrate the launch of issue 4 of Monkey Business: New Voices from Japan, the magazine’s contributing authors Toh EnJoe, Hideo Furukawa, Laird Hunt, Matthew Sharpe, founding editors Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, and contributing editor, Roland Kelts came to New York for a series of launch events taking place from May 3rd, 2014 to May 5th, 2014. The tour concluded at BookCourt bookstore, which featured readings and a Q&A with all attendees. Moderated by Roland Kelts.

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We all know that Haruki Murakami is one of Japan’s most prolific and influential contemporary writers of today, but how has he contributed to “Cool Japan”? In his latest for the Japan Times, longtime friend, Murakami interviewer, and Monkey Business editor Roland Kelts discusses Haruki Murakami’s influence on Japanese literature and culture, and recounts how he met the author 15 years ago (on a dare!).

[EVENT RECAP] Haruki Murakami’s Pilgrimage - Monkey Business Editors discuss the author’s new novel

To celebrate the August 12th launch of Haruki Murakami’s “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”, Monkey Business editors, Roland Kelts, who knows Murakami personally and has interviewed him numerous times over the past 15 years, and Ted Goossen, one of Haruki Murakami’s translators, joined Eunbi Kim of Murakami Music for a discussion and Q&A about the author’s new novel and work at Kinokuniya in New York City.

For those of you who missed it, here’s a recap of the event, complete with photographs!

Event Recap (Summary and Photos Credit to Kinokuniya USA New York):

Roland discussed the new novel relating the pilgrimage of the main character Tsukuru Tazaki to a metaphorical pilgrimage which has been playing out in Murakami’s own life. But he cautioned that Murakami’s novels really are not autobiographical outside of some surface similarities. Roland also shared some great anecdotes and insights on Murakami including noting how important music is to Murakami both personally and in his writing. 

Roland also brought in Ted Goossen, professor and translator of Murakami’s works. Ted’s insights on translating Murakami and working within the mindset of a novel while translating it were fascinating. Eunbi Kim shared background about her creation and performance of Murakami Music, an original musical composition based on the music mentioned and featured in Murakami’s novels. 

All in all, it was a great evening of Murakami sharing and discussion. And “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” was praised as one of his finest works and well worth reading for fans as well as for readers new to Murakami.

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Celebrate the release of Haruki Murakami’s new novel with Monkey Business in NYC!

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MONKEY is back!

Join editors Roland Kelts, author of “Japanamerica”, and Ted Goossen, one of Murakami’s translators, in New York City to celebrate the launch of Haruki’s Murakami latest novelColorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage! Joining Kelts and Goossen to discuss Murakami’s life, work and personal journey from Japan to the world will also be Eunbi Kim, composer of Murakami Music. This is one event you won’t want to miss!

Press Release:

"Haruki Murakami’s Pilgrimage"

To celebrate the release of Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” join “Japanamerica” author & MONKEY editor Roland Kelts, who has known and interviewed Murakami for 15 years, Murakami translator & MONKEY founder Ted Goossen, and Murakami Music composer Eunbi Kim for an intimate encounter with the author’s life, work and personal journey from Japan to the world.

Event Details:

Tuesday, August 12, 6pm - 

Haruki Murakami’s Pilgrimage: Monkey Business Editors Celebrate the Release of Murakami’s new novel

Kinokuniya Books

1073 Avenue of the Americas

New York, NY 10018

212-869-1700

kinokuniya.com/us

Free

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Monkey Business authors are coming to NY! 

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To celebrate the the 4th issue launch, the magazine’s contributing authors Toh EnJoe, Hideo Furukawa, Laird Hunt, Matthew Sharpe, founding editors Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, contributing editor, Roland Kelts will be coming to New York and have discussion events in various locations. Please come meet us!


Saturday, May 3, 2pm-
PEN World Voices Festival
Monkey Business — Japan/America: Writer’s Dialogue
Dialogues between Hideo Furukawa and Laird Hunt, and between Toh EnJoe and Matthew Sharpe
at
Asia Society
725 Park Ave. New York, NY 10021
212-288-6400
asiasociety.org
$10 Asia Society & PEN members, $12 Students & Seniors, $15 non-members (Ticket includes a copy of Monkey Business Issue 4.)
Tickets are available at worldvoices.pen.org

Sunday, May 4, 2pm-
Reading at Kinokuniya Bookstore
by EnJoe, Furukawa, Hunt, Roland Kelts, and Sharpe
at
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018
212-869-1700
kinokuniya.com/us
Free

Monday, May 5, 12:50pm-
What and How We Are Writing: Two Japanese Authors Talk About Their Work
EnJoe and Furukawa will discuss and read their work with Kelts as a commentator.
Baruch College VC 14-280 14th floor #280
One Bernard Baruch Way (55 Lexington Ave at 24th St) New York, NY 10010
*This is a special class open to the public. Please tell the security at the entrance that you are here for the event.
Free

Monday, May 5, 7pm-
Readings at BookCourt
Readings by EnJoe, Furukawa, Hunt, and Sharpe, moderated by Kelts
BookCourt
163 Court St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-875-3677
bookcourt.com
Free

Free

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Editor Roland Kelts interviews Monkey contributor Haruki Murakami on American writers, readers & culture, and translating The Catcher in the Rye & The Great Gatsby— from our friends at A Public Space.