I loved the movie “Slumdog Millionaire,” so imagine my delight when I found out a couple days ago that Vikras Swarup, the author of Q & A, the book on which the film is based is now living in Osaka where he works as a diplomat. Not only that, but he will be presenting at the third annual Japan Writer’s Conference (an event originally cooked up by my friend poet Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, who will also be presenting) to be held October 17-18 at the Imadegawa campus of Doshisha Women’s College in Kyoto. Swarup will talk about how his novel became an Academy award-winning movie.You can bet your britches that I’ll be there.
This conference is shaping up to be perhaps the best ever. Not only will participants be able to enjoy the dazzling fall colors, but also they’ll have a chance to listen to the likes of Judy Halebsky, who just won the prestigious 2009 New Issues Poetry Prize for her forthcoming collection Sky=Empty; renowned translator Juliet Winters Carpenter; Holly Thompson, author of the novel Ash and the recent picture book The Wakame Gatherers; rabblerouser and Japan Times columnist Arudou Debito; and poet/translator Taylor Mignon, plus a host of others. Should be a good time – and guess what – it’s free and open to the public!