Yoko Ogawa is an acclaimed novelist and essayist in modern Japanese literature. She has written and published over 50 works, both fiction and nonfiction, and her fiction has appeared in leading literary magazines. Her major works include The Diving Pool, The Housekeeper and the Professor, Pregnancy Diary, and Revenge. She won Japan’s most prestigious literary awards, and her science fiction novel, The Memory Police, was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2020. Many of her works have been translated into English, and her novel The Housekeeper and the Professor was adapted into a movie. Ogawa is a member of the selection committee for Japanese literary awards, including the Akutagawa Prize. She has presented book talks on a weekly Japanese radio programme for more than 10 years.