On March 29, we will host one of today's most exciting German- and
Japanese-language writers. Yoko Tawada holds Japan's prestigious Akutagawa
Prize and in 1996 won the Adalbert-von-Chamisso Prize, a German award
recognizing foreign writers for their contributions to German culture. In
2005, she also won the Goethe Award, one of Germany's most renowned
literary prizes. A poet, novelist, and writer of short fiction Yoko Tawada
came to writing as a young girl. By age fifteen, she began writing novels.
At age twenty-two, after college and after studying German out of respect
for European master writers such as Thomas Mann, she traveled to Hamburg,
Germany. Five years later, she published her first German poems. Known for
engaging performances, she has done more than 750 readings across Europe,
Asia, the Americas, and Africa. Her English publications include the
novels: The Bridegroom Was a Dog (1998); Where Europe Begins (2002);
Facing the Bridge (2007); and The Naked Eye (2009).
Yoko Tawada will do a public reading on March 29 over the lunch hour.
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:15 PM
Location: 135 Nicholson Hall
Co-sponsors: CSCL, ALL, GSD