Meet the Author and the Translator of Convenience Store Woman - Sayaka Murata and Ginny Tapley Takemori

Friday, September 20, 2019
19:00-20:30 (Doors open at 18:30)
Book signing from 20:30-21:00
Temple University, Japan Campus, Parliament Student Lounge 1F
1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo | 東京都世田谷区太子堂1-14-29 (Access)
Sayaka Murata, author of Convenience Store Woman
Ginny Tapley Takemori, English translator
Free and open to the public. RSVP not required.
The first 20 people through the door will receive a free copy of Convenience Store Woman.

Event Overview

Join us for an evening of conversation on contemporary literature, translation, and the publishing industry. Convenience Store Woman, originally published by Bungeishunju, has been sold in 34 territories.

Unlike the youthfully airy heroines in the novels of writer Banana Yoshimoto, Keiko is almost a Kafkaesque character, deadly earnest in absurd circumstances . . . Murata shines in describing the setting―the ‘pristine aquarium’―that is Keiko’s sole link to existence. In smooth, lucid prose, the convenience store comes to life in its inner workings and sounds, from the tinkle of the door chime to the beeps of the bar code scanner and the rattle of bottles in the refrigerator.”

Japan Times


Sayaka Murata is the author of many books, including Convenience Store Woman, winner of Japan’s most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize. She used to work part-time in a convenience store, which inspired this novel. Murata has been named a Freeman’s “Future of New Writing” author, and her work has appeared in Granta and elsewhere. In 2016, Vogue Japan selected her as a Woman of the Year.

Ginny Tapley Takemori lives in rural Japan and has translated fiction by more than a dozen Japanese writers, ranging from such early literary giants as Izumi Kyoka and Okamoto Kido to contemporary bestsellers Ryu Murakami and Miyabe Miyuki. Her translation of Sayaka Murata’s novel Convenience Store Woman was one of the New Yorker’s best books of 2018 and Foyle’s Book of the Year 2018. Her translation of Kyoko Nakajima’s The Little House was published in February 2019.


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