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'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan' takes Silver at IBPA Ben Franklin Awards

Michael Palmer - Monday, April 15, 2019

Congratulations to Amy Chavez and illustrator, Jun Hazuki for taking the Silver in the Travel category at this year's IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards which was held at the IBPA Publishing University this year in Chicago, Illinois.  Read More


Rev. T.K. Nakagaki to speak on the Buddhist Swastika this Saturday in NYC

Michael Palmer - Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hate crime is on the rise, and the swastika regularly appears as a weapon of rightwing hatemongers and white nationalists. But in Asia, billions of people view the swastika very differently, as a symbol of peace. Can its original meaning be restored? Read More


Defying the Western Narrative — Interview with Janet Pocorobba for DIY MFA

Michael Palmer - Thursday, April 11, 2019

Janet Pocorobba, author of the incredible new memoir The Fourth String speaks with DIY MFA on her new book as well as how to defy writing structures both in the classroom and on the page. Read More


Janet Pocorobba speaks with Lesley University Why We Write Podcast about her new memoir

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, April 03, 2019

On the Why We Write podcast from Lesley University, Associate Professor Janet Pocorobba discusses her new book, The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and MeRead More


The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award lists 'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior' as finalist

Michael Palmer - Monday, March 18, 2019

Last week, Amy's Chavez's guide to culture and behavior in Japan was listed as a finalist in the category of Travel for the Foreword Reviews Indies award. This week she's added the IBPA Benjamin Franklin award to that list!  Read More


'The Fourth String' officially out now! First review by Hippocampus Magazine

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

It's official! Janet Pocorobba's new memoir The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me is officially available from your favorite book retailer!  Read More


'The Osamu Tezuka Story' reviewed by Fantasy Literature

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

"Tezuka is Walt Disney, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, and Alan Moore rolled into one plus more. He artistically had impact greater than even what they accomplished all together." Read More


Foreword Indies Award lists 'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior' as finalist

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Congratulations to Amy Chavez  for making the Foreword Reviews Foreword Indies finalist list for her book Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan!  Read More

T.K. Nakagaki to speak about the Buddhist Swastika at Kinokuniya Tokyo March 16th

Michael Palmer - Monday, March 04, 2019

Everything you've always wanted to know about the Swastika, but we're too afraid to ask. A book talk by Rev. Dr. T.K. Nakagaki will be held at Kinokuniya in Tokyo March 16th, at 3pm.  Read More


'A Shameful Life' by Osamu Dazai reviewed by the Asian Review of Books

Michael Palmer - Monday, February 25, 2019

John Darwin Van Fleet goes into extensive detail in his Asian Review of Books review for the new Mark Gibeau translation of the Osamu Dazai classic, A Shameful Life: Ningen shikkaku  Read More


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