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Granta 127: Japan

The London launch, with Hiromi Kawakami and Yukiko Motoya: 6 May, 7 p.m., The Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA. Admission £5 (redeemable against a copy of Granta 127).

Join Hiromi Kawakami, Yukiko Motoya and the Granta team for an evening of readings and discussion of the illusory, ambiguous, and contradictory nature of the country.


The Summer Reads Launch, with Hiromi Kawakami: 7 May, 6 p.m., Writers' Centre Norwich, Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1AW. Admission £5.

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize-shortlisted author Hiromi Kawakami will read from her novel Strange Weather in Tokyo (translated by Allison Markin Powell), discuss her writing and answer questions.


New Writing South, with Hiromi Kawakami and Yukiko Motoya: 9 May, 6.30 p.m., The Writers' Place, 9 Jew Street, Brighton BN1 1UT. Admission £5.


The Granta Japan party, with Ivan Vartanian and Daisuke Yokota: 20 May, doors 6 p.m., performance begins 6.30 p.m., Blackall Studios, 73 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4QS London. Free Admission

Shoreditch's Blackall Studios opens its doors for a night of celebration with Granta. Along with a display of works by several artists featured in the issue, photographer Daisuke Yokota will be demonstrating his technique of treating photographic prints with acid. The images will then be printed and made into a zine on the spot. A limited number of copies of the zine will be available for purchase only at the event. Simon Baker, a curator at Tate Modern, will also hold a short discussion with Daisuke Yokota and his collaborator and publisher Ivan Vartanian.