If you're a regular reader of the Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow blog you'll know that we've been growing by leaps and bounds in the past few months. What started out as a little Facebook group in Toronto has grown to a community of readers from San Francisco to Frankfurt to Osaka and everywhere in between.
As part of our goal to bring the best news, reviews and more about Japanese films to our ever growing audience the J-Film Pow-Wow is looking for someone to run a Monthly Book Review Column. Here's what we're looking for:
- Someone with not only a love and extensive knowledge of Japanese cinema, but also a love of the printed word.
- Someone who would be able to commit to reading and reviewing one book per month that would either be about Japanese cinema or would be a novel, story or manga (the latter would be decided on a case by case basis) that has been adapted into or inspired a film. For example Kobo Abe's "Woman in the Dunes", Takami Kōshun's "Battle Royale" or Haruki Murakami's "Tony Takitani".
- Proficiency in spoken and written Japanese is a plus, but not required. Also living in Toronto is a plus, but not required.
Whoever we pick would get... well, no money. All of us at the Pow-Wow do this out of love and slave away at day jobs to pay the bills... But the column will be your baby and you'll have your work read around the world by like-minded Japanese film and literature fans.
If you're interested send an email with the subject line: "Book Review Column" to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 25th, 2009. In it tell us a bit about yourself, include a sample of your writing (non-fiction please), plus a list of a half dozen books that you'd like to start off with. We'll be deciding on who will be taking over the new column by March 1st, 2009.
Good luck and looking forward to hearing from you!