MONKEY launch sched 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, 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


**Motoyuki Shibata will be giving a talk at Baruch College at 1pm, on May 2
**Motoyuki Shibata is also giving a keynote speech for a symposium “The Politics of Polyglossia,” at Baruch College, 1:30pm, May 6: