Award-winning Japanese writer to speak
KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 31, 1999 -- Yoko Tawada, an internationally acclaimed
Japanese writer, will provide a trilingual reading of her work in English,
German and Japanese at the University of Rhode Island on April 14 at 7 p.m.
The reading will be followed by a discussion on living and writing between
The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by URI,s
Honors Program and Visiting Scholars Committee, and the Department of Modern
and Classical Languages and Literature. It takes place at the Multicultural
Center on Lower College Road.
In 1993, Tawada received the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, Japan,s equivalent
of a Booker or a Pulitzer, for her book, The Bridegroom Was a Dog. She is
currently a writer in residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Born in Tokyo and educated at Waseda University, Tawada now lives in
Germany. Her first book, Missing Heels, won the Gunzo Prize for New Writers
in 1991. She won the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, a German award to foreign
writers for their contributions to German culture, in 1996. She was also
awarded the Lessing Prize in 1994 and the Prize in Literature from the City
of Hamburg in 1990.
Tawada,s fiction and poetry have been featured in journals and anthologies
in France, Holland, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. She has also
written and produced works for the stage.