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Japan’s Cutting Edge Writing, Art & Culture: Monkey Business International

Filipinas Heritage Library has partnered with The Japan Foundation, Manila and the Japan Foundation Asia Center in presenting Japan’s Cutting Edge Writing, Art & Culture: Monkey Business International – A Talk on New Writing from Japan to be held on October 21 (Wednesday), 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Ayala Museum.

Join writer and editor Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica, and artist/author Satoshi Kitamura for a presentation and discussion about MONKEY BUSINESS, the only annual English-language magazine introducing leading authors and artists from Japan. Kelts and Kitamura will introduce the origins of this uniquely successful six-year global project, revealing publishing strategies for reaching readers worldwide with combined Asian and Western content. They will present both visuals and text from the magazine via graphical displays and readings. Contributors to Monkey Business include Haruki Murakami, Yoko Ogawa and Mieko Kawakami, and Western writers and artists Paul Auster, Charles Simic and Kelly Link. Each year the latest issue is introduced on tours that have included New York City, San Francisco, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Jakarta, Singapore and other literary hubs, old and new. Join us to learn about the Japanese magazine that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz calls "an astonishment, by turns playful and profound, that makes you wish it were a monthly."

SPEAKERS

Roland Kelts was born to an American father and a Japanese mother, and grew up in both America and Japan. Kelts is the author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US, as well as a visiting scholar at Keio University in Tokyo. As a journalist, essayist and columnist, he writes for many publications such as The New Yorker, The Guardian and The Japan Times, and he is an authority on Japan’s contemporary literary and popular cultures. He imparts his unique perspective on Japanese pop culture to the rest of the world as a public speaker and media commentator on CNN, NPR, NHK and the BBC. Most recently, Kelts delivered a TED Talk in Tokyo at TedxHaneda.


Satoshi Kitamura is an award-winning picture-book artist and illustrator. His own books include When Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book, Millie’s Marvelous Hat, and Lily Takes a Walk. He has worked with numerous artists and poets, especially with poet John Agard, with whom he has collaborated a number of books including The Young Inferno and Goldilocks on CCTV. Kitamura has contributed to the latest issue of Monkey Business “Variation and Theme,” a picture narrative inspired by a poem by Charles Simic.

Admission is FREE but please register at http://monkeysinmanila.eventbrite.com.