REPORT: The Factory: Author Hiroko Oyamada’s U.S. Book Tour



Award-winning writer Hiroko Oyamada visited Boston and New York in November to launch her English-language debut novel The Factory (New Directions Publishing, 2019) with David Boyd, the translator of the book. They participated in a series of talks, readings, and Q&A sessions at Boston University, New York University, 192 Books, and Kinokuniya Bookstore New York.

Oyamada explained how she started writing this novella 10 years ago when she was working in a factory. That experience as a temp worker provoked confusion and inspired her to write the book. Boyd pointed out differences between the original Japanese version and English translation, which are deeply connected to characteristics of the two languages.

The Factory was recently reviewed in The New York Times Book Review. Click here to read the review.