Virtual Event: Banana Yoshimoto with Bryan Washington

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - 7:30pm

Join us on Wednesday, August 24 at 7:30pm PT when Banana Yoshimoto joins us virtually to celebrate her collection, Dead-End Memories, with Bryan Washington!

Please register through the Eventbrite link below to attend this event
Tickets are tiered, with the option for free entry or entry with a copy of Dead-End Memories

This event was originally scheduled to be held on Thursday, August 25. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

About the Event
Join us virtually on Thursday, August 25 with Banana Yoshimoto celebrates her collection, Dead-End Memories! Yoshimoto, Japan’s internationally celebrated master storyteller, is back with an exciting collection—never before available in the United States—that vividly portrays the blissful moments surrounding us in everyday life. She will be joined in conversation for this event by a soon to be announced moderator.

Tickets are tiered, and include free entry or entry that includes a copy of Dead-End Memories. Please see our FAQ for more details.

About Dead-End Memories
First published in Japan in 2003 and never before published in the United States, Dead-End Memories collects the stories of five women who, following sudden and painful events, quietly discover their ways back to recovery.

Among the women we meet in Dead-End Memories is one betrayed by her fiancé who finds a perfect refuge in an apartment above her uncle’s bar while seeking the real meaning of happiness. In “House of Ghosts,” the daughter of a yoshoku restaurant owner encounters the ghosts of a sweet elderly couple who haven’t yet realized that they’ve been dead for years. In “Tomo-chan’s Happiness,” an office worker who is a victim of sexual assault finally catches sight of the hope of romance.

Yoshimoto’s gentle, effortless prose reminds us that one true miracle can be as simple as having someone to share a meal with, and that happiness is always within us if only we take a moment to pause and reflect. Discover this collection of what Yoshimoto herself calls the “most precious work of my writing career.”

About Banana Yoshimoto
BANANA YOSHIMOTO is the author of the internationalbestseller Kitchen. She has published ten books in English translation, including Goodbye Tsugumi, Asleep, and, most recently, Moshi Moshi. Her work has been translated and published in more than thirty countries. In Italy, she won the Scanno Literary Prize in 1993, the Fendissime Literary Prize in 1996, the Maschera d’Argento Prize in 1999, and the Capri Award in 2011. She lives in Tokyo.

About Translator Asa Yoneda
ASA YONEDA was born in Osaka and studied language, literature, and translation at the University of Oxford and SOAS University of London. Her translation works includeMoshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto and The Lonesome Bodybuilder by Yukiko Motoya. She lives in Bristol, U.K.

About Bryan Wahsington
is the author of Lot and Memorial, which was a finalist for National Book Critics Circle award. He is a columnist for the New York Times Magazine. 


  • Attendees will receive a link to the Zoom registration in a confirmation email through Eventbrite. We will send all attendees a registration link twice more via email leading up to and on the day of the event to ensure receipt.
  • Tickets that include a copy of the book will be available for shipment only and not in-store pick up at any Green Apple Books location. Shipping is free. If ticket is purchase prior to the publication date (8.9.22) we will ship it as soon as the books arrive to our store. Any tickets which include a copy of the book purchased after that date will be shipped as they are confirmed. Attendees will receive tracking via email.
  • This is a ticketed live-stream event, and a recording will be available for one week after event date for those unable to watch live or for those who wish to watch it again.
  • To attend the event, you must purchase a ticket through this Eventbrite page. Purchase of Dead-End Memories made through the bookstore website does not grant entry to the event.
  • We cannot ship books outside of the U.S. We apologize for any inconvenience. Attendees who purchase a ticket which includes a copy of the book and provide a shipping address outside of the U.S. will be refunded in full. We do encourage you to purchase a free to ticket that gives access to the event only.

Please register through the Eventbrite link below to attend this event
Tickets are tiered, with the option for free entry or entry with a copy of Dead-End Memories

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