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Friday, November 07, 2008

Four Stories - Osaka December 2008

On December 7, Acclaimed expat literary series from the US comes again to Japan
OSAKA, JAPAN, November 3, 2008—The internationally acclaimed literary series Four Stories, which runs in Boston (USA), Osaka, and Tokyo, kicks off its winter 2008 season on December 7 in Osaka, with readings from the following globally published expat authors:
• Peter Mallett, Longtime Japan resident and essayist widely published in newspapers and magazines in Japan, the UK and US; former Arts Editor of Kansai Time Out; founder and former editor for the journal Artspace; and recipient of an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Bath Spa
• Wendy Jones Nakanishi, Professor of English Literature at Shikoku Gakuin University; author of essays from Kyoto Journal, Tales from a Small Planet, and more; and recipient of a PhD in English from Edinburgh University
• Tracy Slater, Writer who divides her time between Boston and Osaka; lecturer in writing at Boston University; author of essays from Best Women’s Travel Writing 2008, Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Kansai Time Out, and more; columnist for the Asahi Weekly and Kansai Scene; and recipient of a PhD in English and American literature from Brandeis University
• Ted Taylor, writer and musician living in Kyoto, whose work has appeared in Kyoto Journal and more; and winner of the 1999 Kyoto International Cultural Association Essay Contest

Plus the Four Stories style of literary criticism: Ask the best question, win a free drink!
The Four Stories experience: like a 19th-Century salon, only 150 years later_same socializing, same witty banter, corsets optional.

Portugalia: Osaka's hippest Portuguese bar and grill
Sunday, December 7, 6-8pm (venue opens @ 5)
Nishi-Tenma 4-12-11, Umeda, Osaka [Just north of the American Consulate]
Admittance free and open to the public
More information, plus free MP3s and pictures from past events, @ fourstories.org
Four Stories in the Japanese Press:
The Japan Times (6/22/07): Four Stories is featured on the front page of the Japan Times' national section, which reports, "'Four Stories has helped make Osaka the new Kyoto'....Slater and Four Stories have shown that Osaka's image among some foreign literary critics as a cultural desert is no longer entirely accurate”; Kansai Scene (6/1/07): Four Stories Japan is "re-energizing the reading movement " in Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe: Being a Broad magazine (1/1/08) : spotlights Four Stories founder Tracy Slater and the literary series, writing, "The expat community is grateful" for Four Stories.
Four Stories in the US Press:
Improper Bostonian (8/1/08): “Best Literary Series”; Boston Globe (10/1/06) :"Four Stories is the city's hippest reading series" (3/19/06) "Everybody knows about Four Stories, everybody raves about Four Stories, and Four Stories is…the place to be”

Tracy Slater, Ph.D
Founder, Four Stories Boston & Four Stories Japan
Japan: 080-5302-3907; Boston: 617-544-3907


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