Tawada Yoko To Be UK Writer-In-Residence

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Among Tawada’s books is “Where Europe Begins,” a startling collection of stories that move through landscapes of fairy tales, family history, dreams, and everyday reality. Often set in physically disparate locations like Japan, Siberia and Germany, Tawada uses the fragmented world to explore humanity’s experience of estrangement in an ever-changing society.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 1, 2004) -- Tawada Yoko, a writer who has produced more than 20 volumes of literature in both Japanese and German, will be a writer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky during March.

Her UK visit is being sponsored by the UK Max Kade House Cultural Center, the UK Japan Studies Program, and UK Asia Center.

Among Tawada’s books is “Where Europe Begins,” a startling collection of stories that move through landscapes of fairy tales, family history, dreams, and everyday reality. Often set in physically disparate locations like Japan, Siberia and Germany, Tawada uses the fragmented world to explore humanity’s experience of estrangement in an ever-changing society.

Doug Slaymaker, director of the UK Japan Studies Program and associate professor of Russian and Eastern Studies, said Tawada’s schedule at UK permits students, faculty and staff a “wonderful opportunity to hear and visit with one of the most important writers of her generation.”

Tawada, who has won numerous literary awards including Japan’s highest, the Akutagawa Prize, and Germany’s Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, will participate in two book signings at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. The first is set for 7 p.m. March 3 at the Lexington Joseph-Beth and the second is at 7 p.m. March 22 at the Joseph-Beth in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She will give a public reading of her works at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in downtown Lexington beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9.

Tawada is also one of the featured writers in the UK Kentucky Women Writers Conference March 25-27. For a look at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference schedule, go to the Web site.

To see more of Tawada Yoko’s schedule, click here.


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