Explore the world of Japanese literature from a new angle! Tomoyuki Hoshino is a novelist who goes where others fear to tread, exploring sexual identity, neoliberalism and power structures in Japanese society in earlier books including We, The Children Of Cats and his latest work – ME: A Novel. Hoshino will be in conversation with the Man Booker prize-winning translator and publisher Deborah Smith in this informal Sheffield setting. The author will read and discuss his work and sign books after the event.
Hamid Ismailov is an Uzbek journalist and writer who was forced to flee Uzbekistan in 1992 due to what the state dubbed ‘unacceptable democratic tendencies’. A writer whose works are banned in his home-country, he is the author of numerous books including acclaimed Russian-language novels,The Dead Lake, The Railway and The Underground. The Devil’s Dance – translated by Donald Rayfield and published by Tilted Axis – is the first of his Uzbek novels to appear in English. Join Hamid as he speaks to journalist and translator Anna Aslanyan about this virtuosic exploration of culture brutally suppressed by dictatorship.
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On New Year’s Eve 1938, the writer Abdulla Qodiriy is taken from his home by the Soviet secret police and thrown into a Tashkent prison. There, to distract himself from the physical and psychological torment of beatings and mindless interrogations, he attempts to mentally reconstruct the novel he was writing at the time of his arrest – based on the tragic life of the Uzbek poet-queen Oyxon, married to three khans in succession, and living as Abdulla now does, with the threat of execution hanging over her. As he gets to know his cellmates, Abdulla discovers that the Great Game of Oyxon's time, when English and Russian spies infiltrated the courts of Central Asia, has echoes in the 1930s present, but as his identification with his protagonist increases and past and present overlap it seems that Abdulla’s inability to tell fact from fiction will be his undoing.
How can play and cunning manifest themselves privately and publicly as tenable measures for challenging oppression and countering tyranny, exploitation and deep inequality? This talk by writer and cultural researcher Adania Shibli identifies instances where play and cunning are both put into practice as means to dupe a state apparatus and its systematic application of violence.
Shibli places special focus on the contemporary Palestinian context, drawing on her own experiences. She argues that Palestinians are increasingly relying on play—including staged plays—and acting in their everyday life and daily movement, in order to retain their existence where it is threatened by the Israeli settler state and its subordinate Palestinian authority.
Join the Stuart Hall Foundation for the first Stuart Hall Public Conversation which will bring together writers, performers and artists for an afternoon of stimulating talks, readings and performances focusing on the profound political and economic changes taking place in different parts of the globe and the forms of popular resistance to those changes. The afternoon will include award-winning poet Mona Arshi, playwright and commentator David Edgar, essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra, Vice-Chair of Stuart Hall Foundation Gilane Tawadros, and movement artist and chorographer Lanre Malaolu. Tickets £15 / £10.
Join London Review Bookshop for a celebration of radical 1960s writer Ann Quin, whose previously unpublished stories and fragments have been collected together for the first time in The Unmapped Country (fellow Sheffielders and Northern Fiction Allies And Other Stories). Tickets £10.
Join us on Wednesday 15th November at 6:30pm when Han Kang and Deborah will be in conversation at Waterstones Manchester Deansgate, before answering questions from the audience and signing copies of The White Book.
The White Book is a book like no other. It is a meditation on a colour, on the tenacity and fragility of the human spirit, and our attempts to graft new life from the ashes of destruction.
Tickets for the event are £10, including a copy of The White Book on arrival, or £5 general admission.
Join three outstanding industry professionals at the Review Bookshop for a very special evening.
Candice Carty-Williams, Sarah Shin and Kishani Widyaratna will be in conversation discussing their experiences as women of colour working in publishing and their pathways through the industry. They'll be talking about their lives in books, professionally and in their personal reading, and sharing their selection of must-read books.
In the heat of a traffic jam, a man and woman get stuck in a taxi on their way to visit the woman’s parents. She’s a graduate with few prospects; he’s the man her parents desperately want her to marry. Will they make the train? Nicky Harman and Michelle Deeter compare alternative translations of this story by one of China’s brightest women writers, Aman Song. With host Deborah Smith from Tilted Axis Press.
Who brings books from around the world to our bedside tables, tablets and headphones? Who works to assist literature across international borders? And how can we conceptualise their ‘service’? Writer and critic Boyd Tonkin, former literary editor of The Independent and Man Booker International Prize Judge joins the Prize’s inaugural joint-winner Deborah Smith and King’s College academic Zoe Norridge to unpick these questions. Part of the King's College Arts and Humanities Festival 2017.
International Translation Day is the annual event for the literary translation community. It is an opportunity for translators, students, publishers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers and reviewers to come together and debate significant issues within the sector, discuss challenges and celebrate success. Book your tickets to this event here.
Are we English, British, European, citizens of the planet Earth or none of the above? The ‘Citizens of Everywhere’ project invites writers, artists and journalists to respond to the seismic shifts in European and American politics, and their implications for the future, in ways that are creative, surprising, and, most importantly of all, useful. Book your tickets here.
he authors and translators on the Man Booker International Prize 2017 shortlist come together for a very special panel discussion chaired by Jim Naughtie, with selected readings. The 2017 list comprises powerful literary fiction in translation from all corners of the globe, and this event promises to bring you up close to some of the finest writers in the world on the eve of the winner announcement.
The Short Story Salon is a new monthly event curated and chaired by Gower Street bookseller and Mslexia columnist Alice Slater. 2017 has already seen a wealth of new collections, both meaningful and accomplished, from well-established authors to exciting debuts. The Short Story Salon will celebrate the form with readings, conversation and wine.
PalFest, The Palestinian Festival of Literature, which brings writers from around the world to Palestine to read to and meet their readers, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. This Is Not a Border is an anthology of essays, poems and stories from some of those writers and artists as they respond to their experiences at this unique festival. Book your tickets here.
Join Waterstones Piccadilly for a reading and a fascinating talk with six brilliant women writers from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
Waterstones Birmingham have the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize, Paul Beatty, joining them in store to discuss The Sellout.
A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.
Paul Beatty is the author of the novels Slumberland, Tuff, The White Boy Shuffle and The Sellout, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2016. He lives in New York City.
Join independent publisher Out-Spoken Press poets Anthony Anaxagorou, Sabrina Mahfouz, Bridget Minamore, Fran Lock and Hibaq Osman reading from their recent collections this evening, whilst Raymond Antrobus and Joelle Taylor will introduce us to brand new poems-in-manuscript ahead of publication. Book tickets to this event here.
We at TAP are thrilled to be bringing Prabda Yoon, author of our upcoming title The Sad Part Was to the UK for a series of exciting launch events in London. Prabda will be sharing the limelight with translator Mui Poopoksakul.
Lastly, we'll be officially launching at SOAS on Thursday the 16th of March from 6-7pm. This is a free event so join us for what's sure to be a memorable night!
The Japan Foundation and Modern Culture bring Hiromi Kawakami to Foyles for this event as part of Japan Now 2017.
Book your tickets for this event here.
Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? A discussion about the stories, and screening of the film Losing Ground by Kathleen Collins
Kathleen Collins was a pioneering African-American director and writer whose ground breaking films were overlooked and whose stories went unpublished in her lifetime. This February her collection Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? is being published for the first time, join Waterstones as the host her film and fiction in the basement bar of Waterstones TCR. Book tickets to this events here.
Okey Ndibe’s funny, charming, and penetrating memoir Never Look An American in the Eye: Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts and the Making of a Nigerian American tells of his move from Nigeria to America, where he came to edit the influential (but forever teetering on the verge of insolvency) African Commentary magazine. Book tickets to this event here.