“The Literature of Location: Readings by Shibasaki Tomoka”

October 11, 2016
7:30 pmto9:30 pm
October 13, 2016
2:00 pmto3:30 pm

10/13 Bilingual Reading: 2 PM Crater Lake Room North, 146 Erb Memorial Union
10/11 Film Screening: 7:30 PM, Global Scholars Hall 132

mcclain-shibasaki-10-2016-posterPublic bilingual reading by award-winning Japanese writer Shibasaki Tomoka, author of the novel Kyo-no dekigoto (2000), the basis for the 2004 film of the same name. Known for her thoughtful female characters and her attention to how place shapes identities and affects emotions, Shibasaki won the Oda Sakunosuke Prize in 2007 for Sono machi no ima wa, and the Akutagawa Prize, Japan’s most prestigious literary award, in 2014 for the novella Haru no niwa. Shibasaki is currently a participant in the 2016 International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. She will read from her short stories “The Glasses Thief” and “Right Here, Right Here.” Kendall Heitzman, assistant professor of Japanese literature and culture at the University of Iowa, will introduce the author and discuss her literary significance and his experiences translating her work. In conjunction with Shibasaki’s visit, there will be a public screening of A Day on the Planet (Kyo-no dekigoto).

This lecture series is presented by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. It is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society, the Oregon Humanities Center, and the Translation Studies Working Group. For more information, please call 541-346-5068.