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‘The Sun Gods’ book discussion with author Jay Rubin

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K12 teachers participated in an evening of discussion and conversation with author and translator Jay Rubin. As one of the foremost English-language translators of Japanese literature, he is best known for his numerous translations of novels by Haruki Murakami including The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and the first two books of 1Q84. He published his novel The Sun Gods last year with Chin Music Press.

Jay Rubin, author of Sun Gods at EARC workshop

Jay Rubin, author of ‘The Sun Gods,’ at EARC workshop with K12 educators

The novel starts on the brink of World War Two, taking readers from the International District in Seattle to the Minidoka Internment Camp, to Tokyo and finally Nagasaki in a newly reconstructed post-war Japan. At the book discussion, Jay talked about his use of primary sources including The Minidoka Irrigator newspaper, which was available for viewing from the UW Special Libraries collection. In addition to discussing how he crafted the novel around some of the local settings and historical figures, Jay also spoke about his experiences translating the works of Haruki Murakami, one of the most popular post-war Japanese writers.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
University of Washington


  • a copy of the book The Sun Gods by Jay Rubin
  • 3 OSPI clock hours
  • light dinner
  • free parking on the UW campus

Registration fee