Words without Borders announces its July 2012 Issue: New Writing from Japan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
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Contact: Joshua Mandelbaum, Executive Director
Organization Name: Words without Borders
Telephone Number: 917-499-8329
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Web site Address: www.wordswithoutborders.org

Words without Borders announces the first part of its double issue of new writing from Japan

New York City, New York, July 1, 2012 - Words without Borders (WWB) magazine announces the publication of a double issue of New Writing from Japan guest edited by eminent translator and scholar Michael Emmerich.

In the wake of the events of March 11, 2011, in Japan, the boundaries between real and unreal, solid and fluid, seem to have shifted; Michael Emmerich has selected pieces that resonate with the country's changing mood.

This July’s issue includes work from eight writers of fiction and poetry. The pieces in this first part have the texture of a dream, unstable, fleeting, fantastic.

Akutagawa Prize winner EnJoe Toh spins a yarn about an oddly familiar galaxy.  In his first story to appear in English, master of the bizarre Nakai Hideo follows an illusionist and finds himself part of the act.  Other contributors include Furukawa Hideo, Jin Keita, Kawakami Hiromi, Kurahashi Yumiko, Medoruma Shun, and Yotsumoto Yasuhiro.
The double issue is produced in partnership with the British Centre for Literary Translation. We thank the BCLT, and David Karashima and the Nippon Foundation, for their generous support. Elsewhere, we present three views of the current Greek crisis from Amanda Michalopoulou, Petros Markaris, and Auguste Corteau. 
WWB editorial director Susan Harris notes: “This double issue of Japanese writing provides a unique insight into a culture adjusting to a new and unsettled reality. We’re delighted to be able to present these writers at this crucial time.”

The issue will be released July 1, 2012.

For additional information, please contact:  
Contact: Joshua Mandelbaum, Executive Director
Organization Name: Words without Borders
Telephone Number: 917-499-8329
Email Address: [email protected]
Web site Address: www.wordswithoutborders.org
 
Founded in 2003, Words without Borders is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of international literature. Our programs include our online magazine, facilitating conversations, both in person and online, between international authors and high school students, and the development of materials to help educators incorporate international literature into their classes. WWB has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, the Guardian (UK), Vanity Fair, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as in various foreign-language papers and numerous literary blogs.