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Haruki Amanuma

Read from Water Cat by Haruki Amanuma

Haruki Amanuma (1953 - ), a German scholar by training, is a novelist as well as a premier scholar of zepplin in Japan. He is the author of several experimental and lyrical novels for adults, as well as numerous books about history of flying for children. Currently the vice-president of the Japan Grimms' Association as well as the chair of the Japanese Children's Books Association, he is working on translation of Andersen's tales as well as the sequel to Water Cat. This novel, of which we include the first three chapters are included in our issue, was the recipient of the prestigious 1998 Japan Children Books Award.

Mariko Nagai is the author of Histories of Bodies (Red Hen Press, 2005), the winner of the 2005 James Saltman Poetry Award; and Georgic, the winner of the 2009 GS Sharat Chandra Prize and forthcoming from BkMk Press in 2010. She has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Yaddo, Djerassi, and UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists. She is Assistant Professor and Director of Writing Programs at Temple University, Japan Campus, in Tokyo.