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Discussing Translation at the Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue with Monkey Business

On Wednesday, October 15th at USC, Japanese authors and literature specialists came together to discuss the complexities of translation. The evening included two discussions. In “Baiting the Hook,” translators Michael Emmerich, Andrew Leong (translator of Lament in the Night), and Motoyuki Shibata discussed the tricky art of translating between Japanese and English. They explored the voices and identities of the translators and pondered the classification of certain works as “originals,” themselves being translations of reality and the imagination. “Baiting the Hook” was followed by a discussion between authors published by Monkey Business–Hideo Furukawa, Hiromi Ito, and Tomoka Shibasaki. Each performed a reading of their works and shared invaluable insight into their writing processes and personal perspectives. Given that each author traveled from Japan to participate in this discussion, it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event!

We are so grateful to the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions & Culture for working with us to organize this enlightening discussion. Enormous thanks to Kaya’s own Andrew Leong and all authors and translators affiliated with Monkey Business for a spectacular evening!

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Junot Diaz, Ken Chen, Dawn Davis and Johnny Temple are just a few of the voices in the second installment of Lynn Neary’s series on diversity in publishing. (Here’s the first, and here’s the Pew study mentioned above.)

You can join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #whoisgettingpublished, or send us a story of your own experience here.

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"Magic and mystery reside in AMERICAN CANYON—a place where the ancient meets the contemporary, and where the profane becomes sacred.”—Varun Soni

Now available from Kaya Press! → http://kaya.com/books/american-canyon

"Magic and mystery reside in AMERICAN CANYON—a place where the ancient meets the contemporary, and where the profane becomes sacred.”—Varun Soni

Now available from Kaya Press! → http://kaya.com/books/american-canyon

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Monkey Business October 15th!

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Join us for an afternoon and evening of Japanese authors and literature specialists discussing writing, contemporary culture, and the tricky art of translating. Free and open to the public. Dinner and refreshments will be served.

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 4PM-8:30PM
Location: Room 450, Tutor Campus Center (TCC)
RSVP: Through the CJRC website.

Co-Sponsored by the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions & Culture and Kaya Press. For more information email kaya@kaya.com.

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American Canyon Launches!

Kaya Press is proud to announce the publication of Amarnath Ravva’s American Canyon — this stunning experimental memoir uses prose, video footage, and photography to document a series of spiritual pilgrimages, both in India and California. We’re especially excited as this marks the publication of our first full-color book — a must-have for your beautiful-book lovers out there.

American Canyon has been described by poet and author Kevin Killian as “a complex reworking of memoir form, using the tools of poetry remelted, as in Vulcan’s forge, to slash away at the ghosts and ghouls of conventional prose usage. The new journalism, Ravva-style, stimulates the nerve endings with its alternately lush and spare renditions of some spectacular settings…”

We asked author Amarnath Ravva what inspired him to write American Canyon and what he wants  readers to take away from this book.

Amarnath Ravva: In my 20s, I had the blessing to experience and learn about Maidu [Northern California indigenous] culture because of one of my friends, Dena Cunningham, and her brother, Farrell Cunningham. Both were heavily invested in reviving the traditions of their ancestors, and Farrell, who passed away recently, was one of the few people of his generation fluent in Mountain Maidu. They invited me to participate in the Bear Dance every summer, and told me the stories of their people. They took me to the places sacred to them, and the stories behind those places. I found an unexpected kinship in the Sierras, and I began to wonder about myself, began to wonder what it meant to be a part of the Indian diaspora. Dena and Farrell showed me the importance of an individual, specific, and unique apprehension of one’s cultural heritage. In their case, this was even more important because of how endangered the Mountain Maidu culture has become. I wanted to know, for myself, what my own cultural heritage consisted of, as it was told by my family and ancestors. Not the one that I had read in books, but the one that persists in local traditions and utterances. So I worked for Charles Schwab for a year, saved enough money to go to India, and spent a summer with both sides of my family and documented their stories. If there is something for a reader to take away, it is that one person’s vision of the world and who they are is as important as any other—cultural loss happens one person at a time.

Appearances:

Saturday Nov. 1: Stories Books & Cafe with Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut, Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday Nov. 4: Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA

Thursday Dec. 4: The Poetry Center & American Poetry Archives, San Francisco, CA

Stay tuned for news about a spectacular Los Angeles launch party for American Canyon!

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"Ravva unearths myths so gently and casually that history never becomes too grand. His story-filled days accrue power and a bit of magic by the end…"—Miranda July
American Canyon, out now!

"Ravva unearths myths so gently and casually that history never becomes too grand. His story-filled days accrue power and a bit of magic by the end…"—Miranda July

American Canyon, out now!

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American Canyon “stimulates the nerve endings with its alternately lush and spare renditions of some spectacular settings…”
—Kevin Killian
Coming soon from Kaya Press.

American Canyonstimulates the nerve endings with its alternately lush and spare renditions of some spectacular settings…”
—Kevin Killian

Coming soon from Kaya Press.

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Join us for a Literary Arts & Publishing Open house at the Kaya Press offices (Kapriliean Hall 120 — 3620 S Vermont Ave [University of Southern California], Los Angeles, CA 90089) on Tuesday Sept. 2, from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Featuring food, drink and literary superstars like: Fractal Magazine, Les Figues Press, The Altar Collective, Umbrella Terms Magazine, and Gold Line Press / Ricochet Editions.
 

Join us for a Literary Arts & Publishing Open house at the Kaya Press offices (Kapriliean Hall 120 — 3620 S Vermont Ave [University of Southern California], Los Angeles, CA 90089) on Tuesday Sept. 2, from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Featuring food, drink and literary superstars like: Fractal Magazine, Les Figues Press, The Altar Collective, Umbrella Terms Magazine, and Gold Line Press / Ricochet Editions.

 

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Coming up this Friday — an exciting night of readings from incredible authors at GiantRobot! Join us and hear from Ed Lin, Traci Kato-kiriyama, Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut and MC-ed by our very own managing editor Neela!
Check out the event page here! https://www.facebook.com/events/308801822615028/?ref=22

Coming up this Friday — an exciting night of readings from incredible authors at GiantRobot! Join us and hear from Ed Lin, Traci Kato-kiriyama, Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut and MC-ed by our very own managing editor Neela!

Check out the event page here! https://www.facebook.com/events/308801822615028/?ref=22

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Look at the amazing calendar for Writ Large Press' DTLAB @ Traxx! They're putting on 90 consecutive days of events to experiment in the literary arts, the business of publishing and the process of building community. And all at the beautiful Traxx Bar at historic Union Station no less!  Half way there—click here to see the 45 events left!