LitFest: Mieko Kawakami with Translators Sam Bett & David BoydTuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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 English, Breast 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!
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.
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)