SUNRISE and TRINITY, TRINITY, TRINITY Book Tour with Erika Kobayashi and Brian Bergstrom
Time and Location
October 30th, 6:30pm ET, New York University (19 University Place: Room 101)
November 1st, 6:00pm ET Olin 102, Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)
Registration for the NYU event
Rising writer and artist Erika Kobayashi, rapidly gaining popularity in Japan, will visit NYU and Bard College on Oct. 30th and Nov. 1st to discuss and celebrate the U.S. publication of her novel, Sunrise. The event will feature a conversation between author Erika Kobayashi and translator Brian Bergstrom. The talk will explore Kobayashi’s work from a variety of perspectives, including her thoughts on the book, the translation process, and the relationship between art and literature. In addition to the stimulating discussion, Sunrise is available for purchase on-site. This will be a rare opportunity to learn more about one of Japan’s most exciting new voices, so please join us for this special event!
Erika Kobayashi was born in 1978 in Tokyo, Japan. She currently lives and works in Tokyo.
Kobayashi creates works that are inspired by things invisible to the eye: time and history, family and memory, and the traces left in places. Kobayashi’s first to be translated into English novel Trinity, Trinity, Trinity, translated by Brian Bergstrom, published by Astra House won the 2022-2023 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prizes (JUSFC) for the Translation of Japanese Literature. She was short listed for the 27th Mishima Yukio Award and the 151st Akutagawa Award in 2014 for her novel, Madame Curie to chōshoku o (Breakfast with Madame Curie) published by Shūeisha. Her other publications include the graphic novel Hikari no kodomo 1.2.3 LUMINOUS (Children of Light: Luminous), which traces the history of radiation.
Along with her literary work, she has presented installation pieces as an artist both in Japan and internationally that enable viewers to re-experience various scenes from her writings in which the elements of fiction and documentary drift between personal narrative and social reality.
Kobayashi’s selected exhibitions include His Last Bow, Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix, London (2019); 1F in the Forest of Wild Birds, Yutaka Kikutake Gallery, Tokyo (2019); She waited, Image Narratives: Literature in Japanese Contemporary Art, The National Art Center, Tokyo (2019); Sunrise, Roppongi Crossing 2016: My Body, Your Voice, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2016); and Half-Life, The Radiants, Bortolami Gallery, New York (2015).
Brian is a lecturer and translator currently based in Montréal after living in Chicago, Kyoto, and Yokohama. After graduate school at University of Chicago and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, he has worked over ten years in the East Asian Studies Department at McGill University and has published academically in the peer-reviewed journals Mechademia, positions: asia critique, and Japan Forum on Japanese literature and contemporary society.
As a translator, Brian has worked in a variety of fields for over 20 years. He specializes in literary translation, many times working closely with living authors. His published translations include the collection We, the Children of Cats by Tomoyuki Hoshino (PM Press), which was longlisted for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award, the short story “See” by Erika Kobayashi, which was the first runner-up in Asymptote’s Close Approximations Translated Fiction Contest in 2017, and The Shining Sea by Koji Suzuki, bestselling author of the Ring novels.
His translation of Erika Kobayashi’s novel Trinity, Trinity, Trinity was published by Astra House in 2022 and won the 2022-2023 Japan-US Friendship Commission (JUSFC) Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature, and his translation of Kobayashi’s collection Sunrise: Radiant Stories is forthcoming in 2023, also from Astra House.
Other translations of his have appeared in venues including Granta, Aperture, LitHub, Rikka Zine, CrimeReads, Queer: LGBTQ Writing from Ancient Times to Yesterday (Head of Zeus, 2021), and The Art and Craft of Asian Stories (Bloomsbury, 2021).
This program is co-organized with The Yanai Initiative, Astra Publishing House, New York University and Bard College.