Literary Journal "Monkey Business" to Have Launch Tour in NYC


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A trio of events is scheduled at Asia Society, Baruch College, and Kinokuniya to mark the release of the seventh volume of Monkey Business, an international literary journal of recently translated Japanese writing and contemporary works by American, Canadian, and British writers. The publication’s founding editors, Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, will appear at each event with contributing editor Roland Kelts and writers whose works are included in Monkey Business. Shibata teaches American literature and literary translation at the University of Tokyo. He has translated Paul Auster, Stuart Dybek, Brian Evenson, Kelly Link, and Steven Millhauser, among others. Goossen teaches Japanese literature and film at York University in Toronto and is the general editor of The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories. The author of the bestselling Japanamerica, Kelts’s articles, essays, and stories have been published in leading journals and publications including the New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal.


Monkey Business: Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue at Asia Society

Wednesday, May 3 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Asia Society – 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street

Admission: $20/$15 students/$12 members

Join a lively conversation between contemporary Japanese and American authors featured in the international literary journal Monkey Business.

Continuing an ongoing collaboration with PEN World Voices Festival 2017, the Japan Foundation, and A Public Space, the Asia Society is hosting its seventh international writers’ dialogue. Curated and moderated by the co-founders and editors of Monkey Business, Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, together with contributing editor Roland Kelts, this year’s featured writers are Japanese authors Hiromi Itō and Hiroko Oyamada in conversation with American author Brian Evenson, whose novels include The Open Curtain and Last Days.

A genre-defying publication, Monkey Business has introduced manga renditions by top Japanese artists of Kafka, Lafcadio Hearn, and Bruno Schulz, as well as short stories, poetry, and essays by such noted writers as Paul Auster, Hideo Furukawa, Haruki Murakami, and Richard Powers.

A complimentary of the latest issue (vol. 7) of Monkey Business is included in the admission price.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Asia Society’s website.


Too Much Monkey Business?: Japanese Authors at Baruch College!

​Thursday, ​May 4 from 12:40 p.m. until 2:05 p.m.

William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus VC10-145 at Baruch College, CUNY – 55 Lexington Avenue at 24th Street

Admission: Free

The Japanese Program at Baruch College, CUNY welcomes Motoyuki Shibata, Ted Gossen, Roland Kelts to celebrate the publication of Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan Vol.7. They will be joined by two contemporary Japanese authors, Hiromi Itō, considered one of the most important female voices in contemporary Japanese poetry, and Akutagawa Prize winner Hiroko Oyamada, one of Japan’s most promising young writers.

Registration is required; follow this link to register online:


Monkey Business Vol. 7 Launch

Thursday, May 4 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Kinokuniya New York – 1073 6th Avenue (between 40th and 41st Streets)

Admission: Free

The last leg of the Monkey Business tour will be a launch party at Kinokuniya New York. Ted Goossen and Roland Kelts will moderate a panel discussion with Brian Evenson, Hiromi Itō, and Hiroko Oyamada. Motoyuki Shibata will serve as interpreter.

For more information about these events, please visit the Monkey Business tumblr site.