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Masatsugu Ono is the author of numerous novels, including Mizu ni umoreru haka (The Water-Covered Grave), which won the Asahi Award for New Writers, and Nigiyakana wan ni seowareta fune (Boat on a Choppy Bay), which won the Mishima Prize. A prolific translator from the French—including works by Èdouard Glissant and Marie NDiaye—Ono received the Akutagawa Prize, Japan’s highest literary honor, in 2015. He lives in Tokyo.
April 28, 2018 | 3:15pm

Knots of Wonder: Masatsugu Ono at the Bay Area Book Fest

Hotel Shattuck Plaza – White Cotton Room | 2086 Allston Way | Berkeley, California

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Masatsugu Ono, winner of Japan’s prestigious Akutagawa Prize, will be at the Bay Area Book Festival to discuss his novel, Lion Cross Point, coming this spring from Two Lines Press. Get tickets.


Knots of Wonder: Stunning Short Fiction with Gunnhild Oyehaug, David Hayden, Masatsugu Ono

Short stories and novellas are like knots: compact on the surface, but containing intricately woven ideas that, when unraveled, point to something much larger. How do writers do it? These three authors are world-class exemplars of the form: Norwegian short story writer Gunnhild Oyehaug, who can “produce stabs of emotion, unexpected ghost notes of feeling, from pieces so short and offbeat that they seem at first like aborted arias” (in a profile of her by The New Yorker); Irish writer David Hayden, whose short stories The Guardian calls “brilliantly disturbing and unclassifiable”; and, coming to us from Japan, Masatsugu Ono, whose jewel-like novella mixes the surreal with the profound in a story of a shy, traumatized boy overcoming the shame, anger, and sadness that silence him.

Sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation, with additional support from the Norway House Foundation, NORLA – Norwegian Literature Abroad, Culture Ireland, and Transit Books.

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Leslie-Ann Woofter
415.512.8812
Author
Masatsugu Ono is the author of numerous novels, including Mizu ni umoreru haka (The Water-Covered Grave), which won the Asahi Award for New Writers, and Nigiyakana wan ni seowareta fune (Boat on a Choppy Bay), which won the Mishima Prize. A prolific translator from the French—including works by Èdouard Glissant and Marie NDiaye—Ono received the Akutagawa Prize, Japan’s highest literary honor, in 2015. He lives in Tokyo.