I can’t help but think of Japanese literature especially in the month of June, for that is when summer begins, and that is when I have always hosted the Japanese Literature Challenge. Mel U and I have been chatting on Twitter this morning, deciding that our stack of Japanese books calls our attention. I am looking forward to seeing what he has planned. (Here is a list of suggested titles from the Japanese Literature Challenge 9. Here is a post from Mel’s blog, The Reading Life, on getting started.)
I have received some lovely books as gifts, and for review, which are as follows:
Are You An Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko narrated and translated by a David Jacobson, Sally Ito and Michiko Tsuboi
The Gate by Natsume Soseki
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
Absolutely on Music by Haruki Murakami
The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon
The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide
The Amulet Series by Kazu Kibuishi (because my classes have loved them and I bought an autographed set when the author came to visit)
And, Europa Editions has just published The Nakano Gift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami this June.
So, I hope you will join us again this year, or perhaps for the first time. The challenge runs from June through January, “requiring” only one work (or more, if you choose) which has been originally written in Japanese. I have placed a challenge button on the bottom of my blog under which I will list the participants, as well as the titles and links to reviews you have read. I will also post updates every month highlighting the books we read. Please be sure to let me know in a comment below if you would like to participate, and/or when you have a book reviewed.
I’m looking forward to this time together!