Meet the Authors | Mariana Enríquez and Hiromi Kawakami

Mariana Enríquez 

Mariana Enríquez holds a degree in Journalism and Social Communication from the National University of La Plata. She works as a journalist and is the deputy editor of the arts and culture section of the newspaper Página/12. She has published the novels: Bajar es lo peor (Espasa Calpe, 1995) and Cómo desaparecer completamente (Emecé, 2004). She has also written the short story books: Los peligros de fumar en la cama (Emecé, 2009) and the novelette Chicos que vuelven (Eduvim, 2010). Her stories have appeared in anthologies of Spain, Mexico, Chile, Bolivia and Germany.

Primary Works

  • Things We Lost in the Fire (2017)


Hiromi Kawakami

Hiromi Kawakami was born in Tokyo, Kawakami graduated from Ochanomizu Women's College in 1980. She made her debut as "Yamada Hiromi" in NW-SF No. 16, edited by Yamano Koichi and Yamada Kazuko, in 1980 with the story So-shimoku ("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 (Kamisama) published in 1994. Her novel The Teacher's Briefcase (Sensei no kaban) is a love story between a woman in her thirties and a man in his seventies. She is also known as a literary critic and a provocative essayist.

Primary Works

  • Strange Weather in Tokyo (2012)

  • The Nakano Thrift Shop (2016)

  • Record of a Night Too Brief (2017)


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