Aoko MATSUDA was born in Hyogo in 1979. She graduated from Doshisha University Faculty of Letters, Department of English. She published her first novel in 2007 and her first book, ‘Stackable’ was nominated for the 2013 Mishima Yukio Prize. Her keen mixture of rhythmical spoken language and bookish sensibility suggests fresh possibilities for Japanese literature. She looks set to become one of Japan’s leading young authors. Author photo by Taihei Ohara.