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E.H. Norman Library Speaker Series

Society as seen through short stories: Views of Japanese and Canadian writers

The Embassy of Canada’s E.H. Norman Library Speaker Series presents Canada and Canadian views by inviting scholars, writers, and artists to the Embassy as guest speakers.

Canadian short stories are acclaimed the world over. Canadian Alice Munro, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, has been called “Master of the Short Story.” The event will feature Alexander MacLeod from Canada and Durian Sukegawa from Japan for an on-stage dialogue in which they will share their current thoughts on social issues as seen through short stories, trends they see in society, and more. Alexander MacLeod is the son of the famous short story writer Alistair MacLeod and has himself written numerous short stories while teaching at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. Light Lifting, a story collection published in 2010, was a short-listed nominee for both the Giller Prize (Canada’s most prestigious literary prize) and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Durian Sukegawa, who is on the Board of Directors of the Japan PEN Club, is the author of Sweet Bean Paste—the novel that inspired the motion picture Sweet Bean that has played in 35 countries. Sukegawa has spent time in Canada.

We encourage you to join us for a fascinating, up-close look at Canadian short stories.

Advance registration is required. See below for details and instructions about how to apply.

Guest speakers

  • Alexander MacLeod (writer)
  • Durian Sukegawa (writer and member of the Board of Directors, Japan PEN Club)

Moderator:      Professor Emeritus Ayako Sato of Meiji Gakuin University and President of the Canadian Literary Society of Japan

Date/time:       Monday, July 8, 2019, 6:30p.m.-8:30 p.m. (Doors open 6:00 p.m.)

Venue:             Embassy of Canada Oscar Peterson Theatre (B2)

Languages:      English and Japanese

Admission:      Free of charge –advance registration required

Organizer:        Embassy of Canada

Support:          Canadian Literary Society of Japan, Japan PEN Club

How to apply: Please apply by email to the address below, clearly indicating the following four items.

  • Your name (written in both Japanese and English)
  • Your company, occupation, organization or school
  • Your email address
  • Names of people coming with you, if any

(Registration will be closed when capacity is reached.)



Embassy of Canada Public Affairs Section
Fax 03-5412-6249

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