Erika Kobayashi is a novelist and visual artist based in Tokyo. Kobayashi creates works that are inspired by matters invisible to the eye: time and history, family and memory, and the traces often left behind in places. Her novel Breakfast with Madame Curie
(Shūeisha,) was shortlisted for both the Mishima and the Akutagawa Prize and she was awarded the 44th Japan Sherlock Holmes Club Encouragement Award in 2022 for her novel His Last Bow (
Kodansha) and the 7th Tekken Heterotopia Literary Prize in 2020 for her novel Trinity, Trinity, Trinity (
Her first novel to be published in English, Trinity, Trinity, Trinity
also won the the 2022-2023 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prizes (JUSFC) for the English translation of Japanese literature. Sunrise: Radiant Stories,
her second work of fiction to be published in English is forthcoming from Astra House in 2023.