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Heaven: A Conversation with Mieko Kawakami & Colette Bancroft

Virtual Event - June 24

Mieko Kawakami, bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs and Heaven and one of Japan’s rising literary stars will be in conversation with writer and book critic Colette Bancroft.

The virtual event is hosted by Tombolo Books (Saint Petersburg, FL).

To participate, purchase your copy of Heaven from Tombolo Books and a Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the event.

Date and time: Thursday, June 24 at 8:00pm ET


Mieko Kawakami is the author of the internationally best-selling novel Breasts and Eggs, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of TIME’s Best 10 Books of 2020. Born in Osaka, Kawakami made her literary debut as a poet in 2006, and published her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth, and the World, in 2007. Her writing is known for its poetic qualities and its insights into the female body, ethical questions, and the dilemmas of modern society. Her books have been translated into many languages and are available all over the world. She has received numerous prestigious literary awards in Japan, including the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Murasaki Shikibu Prize. She lives in Tokyo, Japan.

Colette Bancroft has been the book editor at the Tampa Bay Times since 2007. In addition to writing reviews and interviewing authors, she directs the annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. She served two terms on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Bancroft earned degrees in English from the University of South Florida and the University of Florida, and she wishes she had finished her dissertation on the novels of Raymond Chandler. Her story “The Bite” featured in her edited collection Tampa Bay Noir won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award in 2021.

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