- Tomoyuki Hoshino
Tomoyuki Hoshino is a Japanese writer. He was born in
Los Angelesin 1965 and his family returned to Japan before he was three years old. He attended Waseda Universityand worked for a while as a journalist after graduating in 1988. He spent the better part of the years 1990-5 living in Mexico. He returned to Japan and worked for a while translating from Spanish to Japanese. He published his first novelThe Last Gasp in 1997, and it was awarded the Bungei Prize. He won the Mishima Prize for his second novel The Mermaid Sings Wake Up, which was published in 2000. He won the Noma Bungei award for Fantasista in 2003. Other works include The Poisoned Singles Hot Springs (2002), Naburiai (2003), Lonely Hearts Killer (2004), Alkaloid Lovers (2005), The Worussian-Japanese Tragedy (2006), The Story of Rainbow and Chloe (2006), and the collection We Kittens (2006). His short story "Sand Planet" was nominated for the Akutagawa Prizefor 2002 * [http://homepage1.nifty.com/naokiaward/akutagawa/ichiran121-140.htm] . He has published many short story and essays, both fictionand non-fiction. He also writes guestcommentaries for newspapersand journals on sports (especially soccer), Latin America, politics, nationalism, and the arts. His short story "Chino" has been translated into English by Lucy Fraser and is available online via the Japanese Fiction Project (Emerging Writers in Translation), and his novel Lonely Hearts Killer has been translated into English by Adrienne Hurley and is soon to be published. He travels frequently and has participated in writers' caravans with authors from Taiwan, India, and elsewhere. In 2006, his critique of Ichiro Suzuki's remarks at the World Baseball Classicwere considered controversial by some, and so have some of his other writings related to Japanese nationalism, the emperor, sexuality, bullying, and Japanese society. Also in 2006, the literary journal Bungei dedicated a special issue to Hoshino and his work. He teaches creative writingat Waseda, his alma mater. In January of 2007, he was nominated again for the Akutagawa Prize, this time for Shokubutsu shindanshitsu.* [http://www.bunshun.co.jp/award/akutagawa/index.htm]
* [http://www.j-lit.or.jp/e/programs/featured_stories/chino.html "Chino" (short story)]
* [http://www.news-releases.uiowa.edu/2006/february/021306asia_symposium.html New Nationalisms (University of Iowa symposium)]
* http://www.hoshinot.jp Official website
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