Japan Canada Literary Exchange

The Japan P.E.N. Club and The Japan Foundation, Toronto are co-presenting a literary exchange, THE IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC ON SOCIETY AND CREATIVITY: Perspectives from Writers from Japan and Canada. March 30 – May 15, 2021

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Join this special series of online talks by iconic, award winning authors from Canada (Margaret Atwood, Katherine Govier, Vincent Lam) and Japan (ASADA Jiro, KIRINO Natsuo, HIRANO Keiichiro) in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Japan Foundation, Toronto. The select authors will share their unique perspectives on societal, cultural, and personal transformations that have occurred throughout the past year, and how their observations of these changes might influence their own literary creations.

Each writer was asked in advance to come up with one question to ask the writers in the partner country, who then answered the questions from the partner country in their talks. This event was coordinated by SATO Ayako, Professor Emerita of Meiji Gakuin University.

From March 30 – May 15, 2021, all six author talks and a welcome from The Japan P.E.N. Club and The Japan Foundation, Toronto can be viewed on the official Japan P.E.N. Club YouTube channel.  The recordings took place in February and March 2021 in Canada and Japan. After viewing the talks, be sure to share your comments here

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