Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice....more
Posts Tagged: Japan
Revolution Books in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood is exploiting Trump’s election to raise money for a fight against fascism.
People in Japan value neighborhood bookstores so much that local governments are opening government-run stores in an effort to keep community spaces flourishing....more
Just announced today: beloved Brooklyn bookstore BookCourt is closing after 35 years in business.
Independent booksellers were the focus of a panel at the Miami Book Fair—discussion focused on how big business was surprised that small business strategies could be useful in selling books....more
For the Los Angeles Times, Kelly Corrigan spoke with Mitsuko Roberts of Glendale, California about The Okanoue Library, a collection of over 700 works of Japanese literature, film, and other media donated by Glendale’s Japanese community. Roberts hosts this collection a few times a month in her home-turned-library, lending out materials and offering Japanese reading classes....more
Harry Potter is causing a legal dispute between two bookstores in the Philippines, with one store claiming a legal monopoly over the book.
CityLab checks out The Last Bookstore, a massive bookstore warehouse in Los Angeles....more
The world’s oldest gay bookstore is getting a new lease on life by adding a cafe and liquor license.
In an age of unlimited choice, bookstores can help connect readers with the best books....more
FACT‘s profile of rising electronic musician Seiho Hayakawa serves as an introduction to the unique challenges the underground music scene in Japan has had to contend with over the years:
While the internet and cheaper travel have helped break down many of the physical barriers that once isolated Japan, the way the music industry operates remains difficult to understand from afar.
A charity bookstore in Swansea, Wales, had so many copies of Fifty Shades of Gray that the store built a fort.
A Georgia store needs a superhero after more than $200,000 worth of comic books were stolen....more
Fifty years ago, a kid named Haruki Murakami borrowed books from his school library in Kobe, Japan. This week, the Kobe Shimbun, a local paper, published a list of the books he checked out, as compiled on book checkout slips—and Japanese librarians are up in arms, accusing the paper of violating Murakami’s right to privacy....more
Japanese bookseller Kinokuniya Co. plans on increasing the number of direct purchases made from publishers to avoid wholesalers’ markups. The store previously bought most of the stock of Murakami’s latest essay collection to compete against online sales.
Burlesque dancers danced outside a Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the Upper West Side of Manhattan after the store cancelled a performance booked months earlier to promote the release of Goddess of Love Incarnate: The Life of Stripteuse Lili St Cyr....more
In what can aptly be described as a preemptive strike against online retailers like Amazon, major Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya bought up to 90% of the first print run of Haruki Murakami’s latest book of essays, Novelist as a Vocation....more
Deep pain and deep beauty oscillate throughout Sagawa’s work, often triggered in the same image. “Insects pierce green through the orchard,” she writes in “Like a Cloud.” “The sky has countless scars. The skin of the earth emerges there, burning like a cloud.”
For the New Yorker, Adrienne Raphel details the renewed interest in Sagawa Chika, one of the most unique yet seldom-read poets in early-20th-century Japan, and her influence on modernist aesthetics of Japanese poetry....more
“There’s no use of me singing ‘I can’t stop loooooooving you’ to you, I suppose.”
We beg to differ, Haruki: The Rumpus would love to hear your crooning Ray Charles rendition. Alas, author Haruki Murakami hasn’t serenaded us yet, but he has committed to responding to over 40,000 letters in his advice column (site in Japanese), including his musings on feline egos....more
Young people who aren’t interested in marriage or children, sure, but young people who aren’t interested in sex?
According to this article in the Guardian, that’s increasingly the case in Japan, where a government survey “found that 45% of women aged 16-24 ‘were not interested in or despised sexual contact'” and “an astonishing 90% of young women believe that staying single is ‘preferable to what they imagine marriage to be like.'”
Read the whole thing for more on a dominatrix turned relationship counselor, adult-diaper sales vs....more
Jake Adelstein possesses an obsessive, infectious energy, coupled with an immense generosity and an ability to be, when necessary, stringently ruthless. This combination serves him well in the line of work that he half-chose, half-stumbled into: Adelstein is the guy who keeps the yakuza honest....more