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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Four Stories Osaka June 2008

Acclaimed expat literary series from the US comes again to Japan for the summer

OSAKA, JAPAN, May 22, 2008—The acclaimed literary series Four Stories, which runs in Boston (USA), Osaka, and Tokyo, kicks off its summer 2008 season on June 15 in Osaka, with readings from the following published authors:

* Hans Brinckmann, Dutch-born ex-banker living in Tokyo and London, and the author of The Magatama Doodle, Noon Elusive, The Ballad of Hope Hill, and the forthcoming Showa Japan

* Deborah Iwabuchi, translator, author and long-time Japan Resident who has translated Crossfire (with Anna Isozaki) and Devil's Whisper by Miyabe Miyuki, Beyond the Blossoming Fields (with Anna Isozaki) by Junichi Watanabe, Translucent Tree by Nobuko Takagi, Love From the Depths (with Kazuko Enda) by Tomihiro Hoshino, and others.

* Sarah Mulvey, instructor at Nanzan University in Nagoya and candidate for a Masters in Creative Writing (U. of Lancaster), where her thesis is "One Way to Tokyo - Experiences of Western Women in Japan"

* Owen Schaefer, Canadian writer living in Tokyo with work appearing in the expatriate anthology Jungle Crows, Dimsum Literary Journal, the Tokyo Advocate, and McGill Street Magazine; and winner of the New Brunswick Writers' Federation prize for poetry

Each author will read in English from his or her fiction or nonfiction prose for 15 minutes, under the theme “Life among the Locals: Tales of expat writers in Japan"

The Four Stories experience: like a 19th-Century salon, only 150 years later--same socializing, same witty banter, corsets optional.

Portugalia: Osaka's hippest Portuguese bar and grill
Sunday, June 15
6-8pm (venue opens @ 5)
Nishi-Tenma 4-12-11, Umeda, Osaka
[Just north of the American Consulate]
Admittance free and open to the public

More information, plus free MP3s and pictures from past events, @ fourstories.org

Four Stories in the Japanese Press:

* The Japan Times (6/22/07): Four Stories is featured on the front page of the Japan Times' national section, which reports, "'Four Stories has helped make Osaka the new Kyoto'....Slater and Four Stories have shown that Osaka's image among some foreign literary critics as a cultural desert is no longer entirely accurate."
* Kansai Scene (6/1/07): Four Stories Japan is "re-energizing the reading movement " in Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe.
* Being a Broad magazine (1/1/08) : spotlights Four Stories founder Tracy Slater and the literary series, writing, "The expat community is grateful" for Four Stories.

Tracy Slater, Ph.D
Founder, Four Stories Boston & Four Stories Japan
Japan: 080-5302-3907; Boston: 617-544-3907

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