Dr. O Travelling!
Since September, Dr. O has moved base camp to Yokohama, Japan, where she is being hosted by Meiji Gakuin University. While in Japan, she is doing research at various libraries on the history of translated children's literature. She often visits the lovely International Children's Library in Ueno, which as large holdings in international and Japanese children's literature. She recently met up with Japanese colleagues whom she got to know at the "book castle" in Munich, and also attended a workshop held by the Japan chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. It was an honour to meet Cathy Hirano, Lynne Riggs, Alexander O. Smith, and Juliet Winters Carpenter, whose translations of children's (and other) literature she has had the pleasure of reading and teaching!
This summer, Melek Ortabasi has been doing research at the International Youth Library (Internationale Jugendbibliothek) in München (aka Munich), which is housed in a beautiful restored 15th century castle. At the "Book Castle," Dr. Ortabasi has been combing the Library's store of historical children's books in order to find sources for her new project, tentatively entitled "The World Republic of Childhood: Translation and Children's Literature, 1870-1930."
Pictured here from the top are the lovely Blutenburg Castle, the comfortable desks in the castle's reading room, staff and other visiting researchers, and a reading from July's White Ravens Festival, a biennial celebration of contemporary children's literature from all over the world.