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Award-winning Bilingual Writer Yoko Tawada Talks about Writing in Two Languages

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The Japan Foundation, Manila and Goethe-Institut Philippinen in partnership with the Literature Department and the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center of De La Salle University will host “Writing in Two Worlds: An Afternoon with Yoko Tawada” on July 9, 2018, 2:30 to 4:30pm, at the 20th Floor Multipurpose Room, Andrew Gonzalez Hall, De La Salle University, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila.

Yoko Tawada, an award-winning bilingual writer, will talk about her works and share her experiences about writing in both Japanese and German. She will also read excerpts from her novel The Emissary. A Q&A moderated by DLSU literature professor and poet Dinah T. Roma will follow.

The organizers hope that this literary event will promote cultural and critical exchange among writers from different parts of the globe.

ADMISSION IS FREE! Priority is given to those who registered online ( As long as seating is available, walk-in guests are welcome.


Profile: Born in Tokyo in 1960, Yoko Tawada obtained her doctorate in German literature from Zurich University. She has published several novels, poems, plays, and essays such as The Bridegroom Was a Dog, Memoirs of a Polar Bear, and The Naked Eye. She has received numerous awards including the Akutagawa Prize, Kleist Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Goethe Medal. She has been living in Germany since 1982.

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