The Akutagawa Prize-winning stories from one of the most highly regarded and provocative contemporary Japanese writers.
Hiromi Kawakami (b. 1958) is a Japanese writer known for her off-beat fiction. Born in Tokyo, Kawakami graduated from Ochanomizu Women's College in 1980. She made her debut as Yamada Hiromi in NW-SF No. 16 in 1980 with the story Diptera and also helped edit some early issues of NW-SF in the 1970s. She reinvented herself as a writer and wrote her first book, a collection of short stories entitled God published in 1994. She is also known as a literary critic and a provocative essayist.
Lucy North is the translator of nine stories in the collection Toddler Hunting and Other Stories by Taeko Kono. Lucy lived for 8 years in Boston and 14 years in Tokyo. She now lives and works in Hastings on the south coast of England.