Literary Anthology "Monkey Business" to Launch with Series of NYC Events


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Celebrate the launch of the sixth issue of Monkey Business, a literary anthology showcasing the best in contemporary Japanese writing, throughout the city this week. Founded in Tokyo in 2008 by Motoyuki Shibata, one of Japan’s most respected translators of English literature into Japanese, Monkey Business presents contemporary literature by established and emerging authors from the East and the West. The latest issue features works by Yoko Ogawa, Hiromi Kawakami, Soseki Natsume, and Kenji Ozawa, among others.

This year there are several exciting events with editors Motoyuki Shibata, Ted Goosssen, and Roland Kelts hosting readings and discussions with contributors to the volume.

Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.
New York University – 7 E. 12th Street, Room 321
Admission: Free
Authors Hideo Furukawa, Mieko Kawakami, Rebecca Brown, and Linh Dinh join Shibata, Goossen, and Kelts.
This event is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program of the McGhee Division of the School of Professional Studies at NYU. Books will be available for purchase with a 20% discount.

Thursday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Kinokuniya Bookstore – 1073 Avenue of the Americas
Admission: Free
The editors along with Furukawa and Kawakami will participate in a talk and book signing at Kinokuniya.

Friday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m.
BookCourt – 163 Court Street (between Pacific and Dean Streets), Brooklyn
Admission: Free
This quaint, independent neighborhood bookstore will host a reading and book signing in its intimate space.

Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m.
Asia Society – 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
Admission: $20/$15 seniors and students/$12 Asia Society members
Asia Society hosts Monkey Business: Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue in conjunction with the PEN World Voices Festival 2016. For those who can’t attend in person, the conversation will be available on a free live video webcast.
To purchase tickets, please visit Asia Society’s website.

For more information and to purchase the anthology, please visit the Monkey Business tumblr site.