SBP Blog

New Stone Bridge Press Catalog 2017-2018

Michael Palmer - Monday, October 23, 2017

We're very excited to finally be able to share our new 2017-2018 catalog featuring our new and upcoming titles! 

Check out the catalog below or read the PDF in your browser here


You'll notice three new titles on the cover from our Spring 2018 collection which we'd like to introduce here:

My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk’s Wife in Japan  by Tracy Franz

Out July 2018

In February 2004, when her American husband, a recently ordained Zen monk, leaves home to train for a year at a centuries-old Buddhist monastery, Tracy Franz embarks on her own year of Zen. An Alaskan alone—and lonely—in Japan, she begins to pay attention.

My Year of Dirt and Water is a record of that journey. Allowed only occasional and formal visits to see her cloistered husband, Tracy teaches English, studies Japanese, and devotes herself to making pottery. Her teacher instructs her to turn cup after cup—creating one failure after another. Past and present, East and West intertwine as Tracy is twice compelled to return home to Alaska to confront her mother’s newly diagnosed cancer and the ghosts of a devastating childhood.

Revolving through the days, My Year of Dirt and Water circles hard questions: What is love? What is art? What is practice? What do we do with the burden of suffering? The answers are formed and then unformed—a ceramic bowl born on the wheel and then returned again and again to dirt and water.

Out May 2018

This illustrated guide to common courtesy, acceptable behavior, and manners is essential for any visitor to Japan. By knowing how to act in every situation you'll gain the respect of your hosts and in the end get even better service and enjoyment during your travels.

Covered here are all the essentials—like travel, greetings, dining—plus subtle niceties like tone of voice, body language, cell phone usage, city vs. country styles, and attire (and what to do about your tattoos!).

Exploring Kyoto: On Foot in the Ancient Capital (Revised Edition)  by Judith Clancy

Out April 2018

This revised and updated edition of the Japan travel classic and cultural guide gets you wandering from downtown quarters to remote mountaintop temples and features expanded information on new museums and gardens now open year-round for viewing.

Judith Clancy's expert research weaves a rich narrative of Kyoto's history, local lore, and artistic and religious background to guide you through your journey.

Like our blog? Please share it!


Subscribe to the SBP Mailing List

New Releases

Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan

Going to Japan? This unfussy modern guide guarantees you keep it polite and get it right!

Exploring Kyoto

This revised and updated edition of the Japan travel classic and cultural guide gets you wandering from downtown quarters to remote mountaintop temples and features expanded information on new museums and gardens now open year-round for viewing.

Japanese Garden Notes

Marc Peter Keane's personal journey through 100 Japanese gardens, looking at them with a designer’s eye.

My Year of Dirt and Water

Married to a Zen monk in training, an American woman in Japan chronicles her own year of growth and discovery.

Tag Cloud

1960's Japan japanese customs literary review diary Shoah AAS review reviews in the woods of memory Children's Literature Christianity Okinawan literature chinese comics Chinese New Year Korea japanese etiquette center of east asian studies Ukiyo-e Chinese Astrology a shameful life literature pottery Year of the Dog manners japanese people japan etiquette Chinese history world literature today amy chavez China zazen gaijinpot hiroaki sato WWII tracy franz Basho green tea tricycle magazine mark gibeau japan memoir understandind china through comics Art/Design Japanese aesthetics japanese culture william f sibley 1960s Korea no longer human drinking in japan Anime/Manga/Comics japan restaurant award monk japanese jing liu Christianity in Japan author tour Chinese culture japanese drunk World War II haiku book review memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist buddhist japan custom Basho's Narrow Road gratitude in japan japan food Interview tourist guide Japanese art memoir Coming of Age Day japan guide holocaust zen monk Japan behavior seppuku Second World War astrology Spring Festival author religion Chiune Sugihara kansuke naka japan travel Nikolas Bunton photography 2020 Olympics Children's Books danica davidson stone bridge cafe Tokyo Olympics how to travel in japan World War Two koun yukio mishima gaijin pot literary prize travel Japan Travel The Colorado Review otakuusa Poetry how to order in japan Japanese holidays eating in japan Culture Asian Studies asia osamu dazai internment History wife the silver spoon tea matcha book tour haibun Spirituality new books Olympics japanese travel stone bridge press Japanese literature suicide bowing in japan non-fiction books tea garden monks wife Translation etiquette university of chicago Korea photography what do in japan zen book hoarding Language shun medoruma journal takuma sminkey