One book I found in my bookshelf-The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan (1966)
"One of the many beliefs concerning the Seven Lucky Gods is that during the first three days of the new year, (they) become sailors and command a magic ship called the takarabune.'
The Seven Lucky Gods of Japan are: Benten, Ebisu, Hotei, Bishamon,Daikoku, Fkurokuju, and Jurojin. Benten is the god for writers, artists, and photographers.
From the library:
Sea-Cat and Dragon-King by Angela Carter (an old children book-2000)
Fiction Ruined My Family by Jeanne Darst (2011)
The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman (2011)
The Mind edited by John Brockman (2011)