Kinokuniya is supporting Red Circle’s international rollout and promotion of its newly launched publishing programme, which was initiated in November last year with the publication of the first three titles in the Red Circle Minis series: Stand-in Companion by Kazufumi Shiraishi; Backlight by Kanji Hanawa; and Tokyo Performance by Roger Pulvers.
All three titles are already on sale at Kinokuniya’s stores in Tokyo, Sydney and Singapore as well as on its online bookshop; and more stores are expected to follow this lead as publicity and interest in the series increases.
The series, which the London-based publisher, Red Circle Authors, describes as ‘original, short and compelling reads’, have been well received in Japan and further afield.
Kinokuniya is the largest bookstore chain in Japan with over 80 stores worldwide. It opened its first bookstore outside Japan in San Francisco in 1969, and its first ‘mega-size’ bookshop in Singapore in 1999.
Its Singapore store, which is famous for its range and service comprises 38,000 sq.ft of retail space, moved to its current location on the 4thfloor of the Takashimaya shopping centre in 2014.
Japan’s leading and most influential book retailer is still increasing the number of its physical stores outside Japan.
In fact, Kinokuniya recently announced that its next store will be in a converted theatre in downtown Portland, Oregon. This being its 13th store in the United States.
It now has a presence in many locations and countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Taiwan – to name but a few.
Red Circle Minis is a series of short captivating books by Japan’s finest contemporary writers that brings the narratives and voices of Japan together as never before. Each book is a first edition written specifically for the series and is being published in English first.
- About Red Circle:Red Circle Authors Limited is a specialist publishing and communications company that conducts bespoke projects on behalf of a carefully selected and curated group of leading Japanese authors. Red Circle showcases Japan’s best creative writing. For more information on Red Circle, Japanese literature, and Red Circle authors please visit: www.redcircleauthors.com.