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The Millions includes Tracy Franz's 'My Year of Dirt and Water' to their end of the year reading list

Michael Palmer - Monday, January 07, 2019

A big thank you to Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers and The Millions or including My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan by Tracy Franz to her end of the year reading list.  Read More


Author, Alexandra Johnson shares 'The Fourth String' blurb

Michael Palmer - Friday, November 23, 2018

We're proud to share that Alexandra Johnson, author of The Hidden Writer has shared her blurb on Janet Pocorobba's upcoming memoir The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me  Read More


Japan Today interview with 'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan' author Amy Chavez

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 19, 2018

Learn more about Amy Chavez and the small island in Japan's Inland Sea where she lives, as well as why and how she compiled the advice for her new book Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do it Right and Be Polite!  Read More


"The Japan Times" review 'A Shameful Life'

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 12, 2018

A journey to hell with Osamu Dazai, Japan’s ultimate bad boy novelist. Damian Flanagan dives into the new translation by Mark Gibeau of this classic by Osamu Dazai, A Shameful Life: Ningen Shikkaku  Read More


'My Year of Dirt and Water' reviewed by the Asian Review of Books

Michael Palmer - Monday, October 29, 2018

We are pleased to share that the Asian Review of Books has shared their review of Tracy Franz's My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan  Read More


'How to Take a Japanese Bath' new edition

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Since its first publication in 1992, How to Take a Japanese Bath by Leonard Koren, with illustrations by Suehiro Maruo has become a curious classic, taking a simple (yet often incorrectly performed) activity and depicting it with a graphic, manga-style edge. Read More


The Japan Times reviews 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Monday, October 01, 2018

We are thrilled to share that The Japan Times has published their favorable review of Tracy Franz's new memoir My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan  Read More


Author, Rachel Manley shares her thoughts on 'The Fourth String'

Michael Palmer - Monday, September 24, 2018

We are still months away from the publication of Janet Pocorobba's The Fourth String, but we've received wonderful words about the book from the literary world. Rachel Manley, author of Drumblair trilogy and recepient of Canada's Governor General's Award for Literature has weighed in!  Read More


Author Richard L. Gilbert blurbs 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Poetry as Consciousness author Richard L. Gilbert has written a beautifully meditative review of Tracy Franz's new book My Year of Dirt and Water.   Read More


The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga album now available

Michael Palmer - Monday, August 20, 2018

About a year ago Min Kahng's musical theater production based on The Four Immigrants Manga by Henry Kiyama opened its curtains for the world to see. Now the music from the play has been recorded and is available for purchase!  Read More


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