Colorful: Eto Mori
Friday, October 29, 4:30 PM (EDT)
Since its initial release over 20 years ago, Eto Mori‘s Colorful (translated to English by Jocelyne Allen) has become a part of the literary canon all around the world. The beloved bestselling classic is finally available in English, and we are delighted to introduce it on the TIFA virtual stage. Hear from Mori about the groundbreaking tale of a dead soul who gets a second chance, and his journey to seeing the true colors of those around him a little more clearly, and through them, seeing himself a little better too.
This event will be presented in Japanese and English, and is proudly supported by The Japan Foundation, Toronto.
Cinephiles can also look forward to a special FREE online film screening of Colorful (2010), directed by HARA Keiichi on November 5 at 9pm and November 7 at 9pm (ET). The beautifully animated feature film is based on the novel, telling the tale of a dead soul who gets a second chance in the body of a 14 year-old. The film will be broadcast in Japanese with English subtitles. Visit this link to register on The Japan Foundation’s website.
Other Japanese authors who are guests of the 2021 Toronto International Festival of Authors
Mieko Kawakami brings us her newest book to be translated into English: Heaven. It examines the sufferings and cruelties of adolescence through the lens of a bullied unnamed 14-year-old boy. Never one to flinch from hard truths, Kawakami will unpack her sharp yet tender novel, share her creative approach and inspirations for writing, and comment on the power of solidarity in our contemporary societies. This event, with interviewer Merve Emre, will be presented in English. Details >
PAST RECORDINGS OF TALKS WITH MIEKO KAWAKAMI
Known for her avant-garde writing style, award-winning Japanese author Maki Kashimada shares her take on the Can You Hear Me Now? prompt. This pre-recorded reading by Kashimada will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles. Details >