About The Author

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taka5Takatsu, known as a passionate trailblazer of online literature and transmedia storytelling, is an award-winning writer of contemporary literary fiction, featured Wattpad author of 16,000 followers, kickstarter of the Literary Fiction Network, poet, philosopher, musician and Literature student based in Toronto. In 2008, through “Secondhand Memories”, he pioneered the Japanese “cell phone novel” phenomenon in the English-speaking world, marking a moment in history of a new online literary movement among thousands of young writers and readers globally. authorphotoThe remarkably unique serialized fusion of simple haiku-like poetic technique, visual text flow, multimedia and micro-prose storytelling has re-envisioned technology, youth culture, community and literature. The coming-of-age story, “Secondhand Memories”, won the Textnovel Reader’s Choice Award in 2009 and was released for fans internationally in 2015 by Sakura Publishing.

His more recent work includes “Move”, (2013, CPN, Textnovel) a sentimental journey of a struggling musician, and his flagship landmark novel, “Espresso Love” (2014), a dystopian magical-realistic literary fiction journey of spiritual awakening, which satirizes and examines human nature, subjective perception, socio-political systems, digital landscape, capitalist mechanism and consumer culture. It won the Watty’s Award 2014, reached #1 in Science-Fiction, surpassed a readership of 950,000 in several months, and has been acclaimed by professors, authors and young readers alike. “Of Forests and Clocks and Dreams, a visionary post-modern collection of literary short stories, poetry, philosophy, aphorisms, essay, drafts, design, artwork, photography and more, will be published in 2016 by Inspiritus Press.

takafaceAside from writing, the author teaches writing and fine arts part-time, as well as guest speaking and coordinating events, online initiatives, multimedia projects with artists, illustrators, musicians, film directors and more. In 2015, he became part of Inspiritus Press, an unconventional publishing and multimedia vision focusing on cross-disciplinary art, the avant-garde and philosophy. Takatsu is influenced by writers such as Haruki Murakami, Ernest Hemingway, Banana Yoshimoto, George Orwell, Don DeLillo, Franz Kafka, Raymond Carver and the ideas of Emerson, Mumford, Baudrillard, Jung, Freud, Hegel, Berkeley, and Marx.

“Takatsu is a fascinating writer, musician and illustrator and is at the forefront of transmedia storytelling.” – Rowena Wiseman, Author of “Searching for Von Honningsbergs”, “Exit Stage Left”, “Bequest”, “Silver”.

[His stories] have a timeless quality, little legends or fables that enlighten or explain a philosophy of life, a zen moment… [and] touch on an innate mystery of things that allow one to see.” – Patricia Keeney, Professor of Creative Writing, York University, Award-winning Poet, Critic, Author of “One Man Dancing” and more.

“I am awestruck at the philosophical stance of your writing. Your writing is akin to that of Murakami in its surrealist execution.” – Shane Oltingir, Wattpad Reader

“Amazing how well you implement the first-person point of view… Hackneyed and cliche, some have said, but there’s just something about good writers and first person novels. You are definitely in one of them. Your voice really comes through. Some people will disagree and say, ‘Well of course. He’s writing in first person. It’s suppose to engage you in such a way.’ But I would have to say that not all first-person novels come through as clean as yours does. Simply amazing.” comments Diogenes Marx, a literary critic on Textnovel.

On “Of Forests and Clocks and Dreams”

“A thought provoking work that will leave the reader questioning the very existence around them… [Takatsu] always seems to be breaking the rules and combining various mediums of art… The pioneer of English Cell Phone Novels has continued to approach writing—and art as a whole—in different ways, breaking and manipulating constructs to produce work that, while still holding ties to the written word, manifests into something that defies its very foundation…A great glimpse into what the future of the written word—and art as a whole—can be.”
– C.J. Garrett, Author of “Memoirs of a Zygote (Trapped in a Human’s Body)”

OFCDAuthorBookOn “Espresso Love“:
“Offers acute, almost painful observations of the minutiae of life, if life took place in a Murakami snow-globe.”
– Review on IndieReader Insiders

“Like a seven course meal full of spice and illumination… One does not listen to a classical piece to get to its ending. No. It is the ride, the moment by moment…a genuine Masamune among stories.”
– Textnovel author

“An interesting ‘vapoury’ style that seems to hover off world at times. …shows assurance and poise. Also very promising in suggestions. …Author’s intent to invoke/evoke mystery is very effective…haunting and strange (which is good); intelligence present on page…sense of terror in the core here… You’re on to something different, striking.”
– B.W. Powe, Associate Professor, Dept of English, York University and author of “A Tremendous Canada of Light”, “A Climate Charged”, “Outage”, “The Unsaid Passing”, and “Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy”

For more “Espresso Love” reviews

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WHAT ARE CELL PHONE NOVELS?

Some Accomplishments:

  • 2014 Watty’s Award – Collector’s Dream Category
  • 2014 York University President’s Creative Writing Awards – Stanley Fefferman Prize
  • 2009 Textnovel Reader’s Choice and Finalist Award, 2009 Textnovel Editor’s Choice Award
  • #1 Science Fiction, #3 Spiritual genre ranking, 900,000 reads
  • Wattpad Featured, 15,000 followers
  • DIG on USA TV Promotion Campaign Featured
  • Interviewed on The Verge’s Small Empires TV Series
  • Guest on Wattpad’s Fan Expo Digital Storytelling Panel 2015
  • Guest and Host for Pages Unbound Literary Festival Transcending Print and Online Literature Workshop 2015
  • Hosted 2015 Secondhand Memories Multimedia Global Book Launch @ Wind Up Bird Cafe
  • Hosted 5 Wattpad Meet Up reader-writer events

10885547_10152932831584593_2998668881396732745_n多くの人々から親しまれている作家、タカツ(高津)。彼は日本で始まった「携帯小説」を欧米文化に紹介した張本人にして、カナダの都市、トロント、に住んでいる英文学の大学生です。六年前の2008年、彼は世界初の英語「携帯小説」を書き、その新たなジャンルをネット上に紹介し、コミュニティーを築き、数々の若者達を読者・作者の道へ導いてきました。彼の最新の作品「エスプレッソラブ」は東京都で繰り広げられる、現代社会の社会政治的なシステムに対抗し、新たな世界観を作り出す挑戦の旅の物語を描く小説です。この作品は五ヶ月以内で、ネット上での読まれた回数が50万回を超え、教授や名のある作家をも、読まれたそうです。

彼が大きく影響を受けている人物ら:村上春樹、ヘミングウェイ、よしもとばなな、オーウェル、ドン・デリーロ、フランツ・カフカ、レイモンド・カーヴァー、エマーソン、マンフォード、ボードリヤール、ユング、フロイト、バークリー、マルクス、など。


Takatsu as a Musician

Takatsu who enjoys writing j-pop, pop rock / pop punk and acoustic music in Japanese and English, was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. With his heart left in Japan, he aspires to return to Tokyo one day.

He believes that music can change the world, one tune at a time. Music has always inspired him and he believes it is truly something that transcends all languages, becoming the language of the heart and soul. Having been inspired by music, he wishes to do the same for others.

In 2011, after the tsunami in Japan as a way to send a message of encouragement and hope to his friends and family and all who were affected by the disaster he wrote his first Japanese language song 明日の夢 or Ashita no Yume which means Tomorrow’s Dream. The following year he decided to fully produce the song and expand its influence to be shared amongst all who pursue dreams. Shortly after it sparked the creation of his first album, the Aozora EP officially released on March 29th, 2012. Since then, because of online fans around the globe, the EP has reached cities all over the world as well as passed on in person in Tokyo to artists and top producers from Sony Music Japan.

He continues to perform and pursue music in both Tokyo and Toronto.

Check out his Youtube or his CD at Bandcamp

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6 thoughts on “About The Author

  1. Hey there!
    Great artist! I love your music, and I love your books even more!
    The psychological aspects of your works are especially awesome! But the writing is beautiful too
    Love your stuff!

  2. Takatsu!!! You truly inspired me to write Cell Phone Novels and your stories simply amazed me. It feels like the sentences you have written in your own latest Espresso Love novel truly brings me forward to a better interpretation in real life. Philosophies, I can say. Your mindset comes with a different aspect than other authors I’ve read so far. I can only describe you as ‘a wizard with beautiful words of magic”. Do keep on to surprise me with your overflowing talent to create today’s reading world full of imaginations. Good luck and may your road to the future success shines brighter than present. :)

  3. Hello! I really love your novels and Cell Phone Novels! They are simply amazing-especially Espresso Love~! You inspire many people to write! Keep up the good work!!!

  4. I think that your “Secondhand memories” were the reason I wanted to try out CPN after discovering textnovel site around 2010. Ever since then I’ve found the cell phone novels enchanting. There are few really good authors online, and you’re one of them. Each of your stories are unique and original, plus it leaves me hanging for more! I’m glad you introduced me to the rest of our TN family as they’ve become inseparable part of my life and if there’s one thing I’ll never regret it would be joining textnovel out of curiosity.

    Thank you for everything!

    And keep up good work!

    PS. It’s about the time you finally published “Secondhand memories” and I’m curious to discover what happens in the second book!

    • My books currently are not distributed at big chain stores since corporations take a large cut of the price, and are mainly available for order online. However it is still possible to get them in stores in the future or through special requested orders… Easier to order online though!

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