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Tracy Franz to speak at Chapters in Halifax Nova Scotia

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Join author Tracy Franz as she signs copies of her book, My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan Saturday, July 27th 2019 at Chapters in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 
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Kyoto Journal reviews 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

"In understanding another culture, there are layers of learning, and the more you know, the more complicated it becomes. This is nowhere more true than in Japan." Read More


The Japan Times reviews 'The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, June 25, 2019

"The Fourth String reconfigures the typical Japan fish-out-of-water memoir into a meditation on music and mastery, relationships, culture and narrative." Read More


'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan' takes Gold at Foreword Indie Awards

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

We are proud to announce that Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do it Right and Be Polite has taken Gold in the Foreword Indies awards competition in Travel! Read More


Japan Visitor recommends 'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan'

Michael Palmer - Sunday, June 09, 2019

"You are headed to Japan for the first time and you've heard Japanese are very courteous and that good manners are very important in their country...  Read More


The Midwest Book Review of 'The Fourth String'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, May 21, 2019

"Impressively well written with a distinctive narrative storytelling style, The Fourth String is an inherently fascinating, thoughtful, and compelling read." Read More


'The Fourth String' reviewed by the Asian Review of Books

Michael Palmer - Monday, May 13, 2019

We're proud to share that the Asian Review of Books has shared their review of Janet Pocorobba's new memoir, The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me  Read More


The Pacific Rim Review of Books reviews 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Maryse Cardin of The Pacific Rim Review of Books does a deep dive into Tracy Franz's year of zen memoir, My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan  Read More


'Oh, Tama!' by Mieko Kanai available now

Michael Palmer - Monday, April 29, 2019

We are proud to announce that, Oh, Tama!: A Mejiro Novel by Mikeo Kanai, translated by Tomoko Aoyama and Paul McCarthy is now available from your favorite book retailer.  Read More


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