Hiromi Kawakami & Kelly Link in Conversation

Apr 06, 2024—2 p.m.

Location: SEIZAN Gallery 525 W. 26th St., Ground Floor, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea, near the High Line) (get directions)

Join moderator, Motoyuki Shibata, founder of MONKEY New Writing from Japan, for a conversation between Hiromi Kawakami, in town from Tokyo for only two days, and the American author Kelly Link at Seizen Gallery.

SEIZAN Gallery is excited to host a very special event: Hiromi Kawakami & Kelly Link in Conversation, in collaboration with the annual anthology MONKEY New Writing from Japan. On Saturday, April 6, MONKEY’s founder, scholar, translator and author Motoyuki Shibata will moderate a conversation between acclaimed authors and MONKEY contributors Kawakami and Link. They will take a deep dive into their latest works and writing practices.

MONKEY, published in English and Japanese in separate editions, features visual work by artists, illustrators and photographers, including SEIZAN artists Asako Tabata and Motohide Takami. To celebrate this special event, recent paintings by Asako Tabata and Motohide Takami will be on view in the gallery’s Project Space, March 28 through April 27. 

HIROMI KAWAKAMI is one of Japan’s most popular novelists. Many of her books have been published in English, including Manazuru, The Nakano Thrift Shop, Parade, Record of a Night Too Brief, Strange Weather in Tokyo (shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2013), and The Ten Loves of Nishino. People from My Neighborhood, translated by Ted Goossen, was published in 2021. Dragon Palace, also translated by Ted Goossen, was published under the MONKEY imprint in 2023.

KELLY LINK is an award-winning writer and co-founder of Small Beer Press. Her latest book is the debut novel The Book of Love. Her story collections include Get in Trouble, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, Stranger Things Happen, and White Cat, Black Dog. Her short stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, among others. “Horoscopes,” a collection of 12 very short stories, appeared in Monkey Business, vol. 6 (2016).