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Author's Talk: Satoshi Kitamura new
Author's Talk: Genki Kawamura new
Author's Talk: Sayaka Murata new
Film Screening: Your Name new

Author's Talk: Satoshi Kitamura   org

One of the UK's most admired children's authors, Satoshi Kitamura has been winning the hearts of children (and adults) for over three decades with his lovingly drawn animations and wonderfully imaginative books. Despite no formal training, Kitamura's first book, Angry Arthur, published in the UK by Andersen Press and with words by Hiawyn Oram, earned him the prestigious Mother Goose Award. His quirky characters, bewildering beasts, and lovingly-detailed landscapes have made Kitamura's style iconic and beloved by many. As an author and translator, Kitamura has been behind many famous books such as, Millies Marvellous Hats, Me and My Cat, and David Mckee's Elmer. His new book, Hat Tricks (ScallywagPress), will be released next year. 

In partnership with The Children's Bookshow, the Japan Foundation will welcome Kitamura back to the UK to talk about his career as both an author and an illustrator, as well as his unique writing and artistic style. He will also discuss the world of children's books in the UK and Japan and what inspires both young readers and himself. 

He will be introducing his lively and fascinating characters through live painting and Kamishibai, a traditional Japanese storytelling theatre style which uses illustrated paper for visual aids. 

Date: 11 October 2018 from 6.30pm

House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite please click here

In adition his London talk, Kitamura will also be making other UK appearances:

8 October Warwick Art Centre (Visit their website for details)

12 October The Lake International Comic Art Festival  (Visit their website for details)

This Event is organised with The Children's Bookshow

In Partnership with The Lake International Comic Art Festival

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Author's Talk: Genki Kawamura   org

Genki Kawamura  may be better known for his work as a producer on critically acclaimed films such as Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa) and Confessions (Kokuhaku), but he has been recently looming on the Japanese literature world and his literary repuation shows just how multi-talented he is. His debut novel, If Cats Disappeared from the World will be out in September this year. 

To celebrate this new release, The Japan Foundation is proud to welcome Kawamura for this London debut at this special talk. Introducing his best-selling novel, Kawamura will talk about the different approaches needed for writing and film producing, take us behind the scenes of the creative process for If Cats Disappeared from the World, the secret to penning best-selling novels, including his 2014 and 2016, One Hundred Million Dollar man (Oku Otoko) and April Come She Will (Shigatsu ni nareba kanojo wa), and adapting books for film; both If Cats Disappeared from the World and One Hundred Million Dollar Man have been made into films, for which Kawamura wrote the screenplays. 

Date: 4 October 2018 from 7.00pm

London Review Bookshop, 14-16 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve your place through eventbrite please click here

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Author's Talk: Sayaka Murata   org

Japanese Author, Sayaka Murata, is arguably the current most-watched literary talent both in Japan and internationally. Her representative novel, Convenience Store Woman (KonbiniNingen) for which she drew on her own experience of working in a store, earned her Japan's most prestigious literature prize, the Akutagawa award, with a jury's fascinating comment that "it is very rare for the prize to go to such amusing literature". Recently translated into English, Convenience Store Woman has stormed the world with joyful surprise and received rave reviews. Her other titles include her debut work, Breastfeeding (Junyu, 2003) and Breeders and Killers (Satsujin Shussan, 2014).

In conjunction with her sell-out appearance at this year's Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Murata, in conversation with Megan Bradshaw, former UK Editor at Asymptote Journal will talk, for the first time in London, about her representative work and discuss her views on non-conformity within society, gender roles and parenthood in her work. Joined by the English version's translator of Convenience Store WomanGinny Tapley Takemori, who has previously translated for many Japanese authors including Ryu Murakami and Miyuki Miyabe, the event will also provide insight into the difficulties and intricacies of translating works across such a board cultural divide.

Date: 8 October 2018 from 6.30pm

Foyles Bookshop, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve your place through eventbrite please click here

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Film Screening: Your Name   org

Join us for a very special screening on Makoto Shinkai's Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa). This screening will be an amazing chance to meet one of the films producers Genki Kawamura, who will be answering questions on the film, his previous works, and on life in the anime and Japanese film industry. 

Genki Kawamura is a writer and film producer. After joining Toho, one of the major film distribuition and production companies, he went on to produce his debut film "Train Man" (Densha Otoko) at the age of 26, which yiedled 3.7 billion yen at the box office. Since then, he has been involved in many Japanese films as a producer including, "Confession" (Kokuhaku), "Vilain"(Akunin) and many others that are also available on DVD in this country. For his achievements as a producer, Kawamura was nominated for the Next Generation Asia List 2010 run by The Hollywood Reporter. In 2012 he made his literary debut with "If Cats Disappeared from the World" which is out in English this month and is included in the prestigious Cheltenham Literature Festival 

Date: 3 October 2018 from 7.00pm

Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7BY 

Booking: Tickets cost £5 for members of the Prince Charles Cinema and £7 for non-members. 

To book your tickets please visit the Pince Charles Website

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