Donna's Picture.October 19th, 2008 @ 6:00 p.m.

2nd floor next to Zaiya

Amorous Woman by Donna George Storey

Take a journey to Japan few tourists ever see….

Amorous Woman is the story of an American woman’s love affair with Japan and her intimate relationships with the many men and women she meets along the way. First-time novelist Donna George Storey, a widely published literary and erotica writer who holds a Ph.D. in Japanese literature, challenges the boundaries of culture and genre in this modern remake of Ihara Saikaku’s classic 17th century novel of the pleasure quarters, The Life of an Amorous Woman. Perceptive, wise-cracking Lydia—the modern Amorous Woman—delves beneath the surface of Japanese society in her roles as English teacher, wife, bar hostess, and the mistress of a wealthy man. Described by critics as “rich with sensual detail, humor, and emotional complexity,” “hard to put down,” and “literary erotica at its best,” the novel will change your image of Japan—and erotica—forever.


Book signing and reading with an introduction by Hiroaki Sato, author of Japanese Women Poets: An Anthology

A leading translator of Japanese poetry into English, Hiroaki Sato, with Burton Watson, won the 1982 PEN American Center Translation Prize for From the Country of Eight Islands: Anthology of Japanese Poetry (Anchor Books, 1981; reprint, Columbia University Press, 1986) and the 1999 Japan-United States Friendship Commission Japanese Literary Translation Prize for Breeze Through Bamboo: Kanshi of Ema Saikō (Columbia University Press, 1997). Among his prose translations are Legends of the Samurai (Overlook, 1995) and My Friend Hitler and Other Plays of Yukio Mishima (Columbia University Press, 2002). His recent books are Miyazawa Kenji: Selections (University of California Press, 2007), Nishiwaki Junzaburō: Poems (Green Integer, 2007), and Japanese Women Poets: An anthology (M.E. Sharpe, 2007). He writes a monthly column, “The View from New York,” for The Japan Times. Sato works for JETRO New York as senior research fellow.


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