Tuesday, April 9th @ 7PM:
Brian Bergstrom will read from some of his short story and novella translations of Tomoyuki Hoshinoâ€™s We, the Children of Cats (PM Press 2012). A new collection of Hoshinoâ€™s early works, the book was recently placed on the longlist of Three Percentâ€™s Best Translated Book Award for the work of both Bergstrom and its co-translator Lucy Fraser. The collection itself is a catalogue of allegorical and surreal tales, observing the transformative qualities of subjects such as technological progress or gender definitions. Stylistically comparable to the magical realism of Marquez or Borges with the foreboding of Kafka, it moves with ease despite strangeness of subject. (see: we think it should win too)
Tomoyuki Hoshino was born in Los Angeles in 1965. He has published 12 books to date, with his debut The Last Gap winning the Bungei Prize in 1997, his second (The Mermaids Sing Wake Up) winning the Mishima Prize in 2000, the Noma Bungei award in 2003 for Fantasista, and most recently the KenzaburÅ Oe Award for Literature in 2011 for OreOre. He travels widely, has participated in Writers’ Caravans with authors from India and Taiwan, and he continues to forge ties with his literary counterparts elsewhere in Asia in particular.
Brian Bergstrom is a PhD candidate in East Asian languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago and a Sessional Lecturer at McGill University in MontrÃ©al. He is completing a dissertation examining representations of youthful criminals in Japanese literature and popular culture. In addition to his work with Hoshino, he has published articles on the writer Takako Nakamoto and the contemporary Gothic Lolita novelist Novala Takemoto.
The event will be introduced by Adrienne Hurley, the translator of Hoshinoâ€™s 2004 novel Lonely Hearts Killer (PM Press 2009). She is an associate professor of East Asian Studies at McGill and a member of the Montreal Anarchist Book Fair Collective.
Here’s a video of Brian reading from the book:
Tomoyuki Hoshino in Translation: Brian Bergstrom presents We, the Children of Cats
Tuesday, April 9th: Free
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM