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LitFest: Mieko Kawakami with Translators Sam Bett & David Boyd

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Register Here! 2021-05-18 8:00 PM 2021-05-18 9:00 PM America/New_York LitFest: Mieko Kawakami with Translators Sam Bett & David Boyd 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (Run-time 60 min) *please note the special start time

Presented in partnership with Europa Editions

Mixing wry humor and riveting emotional depth, Mieko Kawakami is one of Japan’s most important and best-selling contemporary writers. Mieko’s first novel to be published in EnglishBreast and Eggs, was rated one of Time Magazine’s 10 best books of 2020. The novel is a radical and intimate portrait of contemporary working class womanhood in Japan, recounting the heartbreaking journeys of three women in a society where the odds are stacked against them.

Mieko joins us live from Japan, in conversation with her translators, to discuss Breast and Eggs and celebrate the launch of her newest, highly anticipated English release, Heaven. LitFest 2021 marks the novel’s debut event—an evening not to be missed!

Language: Japanese
Format: Artist live from Japan with English interpretation; viewed virtually

“Kawakami is a writer who doesn’t shy away from hard truths and painful experiences,” wrote the Japan Times. Unflinching yet tender, sharply observed, intimate and multi-layered, Heaven is yet another dazzling testament to Kawakami’s uncontainable talent and Japan’s brightest new literary star.

Mieko Kawakami is the author of the internationally best-selling novel, Breasts and Eggs, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of TIME’s Best 10 Books of 2020. Born in Osaka, Kawakami made her literary debut as a poet in 2006, and published her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth, and the World, in 2007. Her writing is known for its poetic qualities and its insights into the female body, ethical questions, and the dilemmas of modern society. Her books have been translated into many languages and are available all over the world. She has received numerous prestigious literary awards in Japan, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Murasaki Shikibu Prize. Kawakami lives in Tokyo, Japan.

Pittsburgh International Literary Festival (LitFest) is a 10-day event that considers themes of migration, identity, and displacement with an emphasis on works in translation. (Full Schedule Here)

Event Details

May 18, 2021 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212
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