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'A Shameful Life' wins William F. Sibley Memorial Subvention Award for Japanese Translation

Michael Palmer - Monday, July 16, 2018

Although we haven't officially announced its publication, A Shameful Life: Ningen Shikkaku, a new translation of the classic by Osamu Dazai has already won a translation award!  Read More


Exclusive Interview: Award-winning translator Hiroaki Sato on literary translation and 'The Silver Spoon'

Thomas Joel - Friday, January 26, 2018

Fresh from winning one of the two 2017-2018 Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prizes for his English translation of Kansuke Naka's classic Japanese memoir The Silver Spoonwe sat down with renowned translator, poet and author Hiroaki Sato to discuss his particular approach to translating literary works from Japanese into English.
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Hiroaki Sato's 'Silver Spoon' translation wins the Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize!

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Congratulations to SBP author and translator Hiroaki Sato for winning one of the two 2017-2018 Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prizes for his English translation of Kansuke Naka's classic Japanese memoir The Silver Spoon, a sharp detailing of life at the end of the Meiji period (1912) through the eyes of a boy as he grows into adolescence. Read More


The Colorado Review on Shun Medoruma's "In the Woods of Memory"

Thomas Joel - Monday, November 27, 2017

In his beautifully insightful review of Shun Medoruma's novel In the Woods of Memoryliterary critic Eric Maroney of the Colorado Review lauds the book as a "layered, textured novel [that] throws into stark relief the interconnections between experience and memory, and the enduring nature of trauma."
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World Literature Today reviews 'In the Woods of Memory' by Shun Medoruma

Thomas Joel - Friday, October 27, 2017

World Literature Today just wrote an incisive and thoughtful review of renowned Okinawan novelist Shun Medoruma's recently translated novel, In the Woods of Memory. Much appreciated! Read More


Eve Kushner on Kyle Ikeda, Okinawan literature, and kanji

Thomas Joel - Monday, October 16, 2017

Japanese literature scholar Kyle Ikeda spoke this past Saturday about Okinawan literature and Shun Medoruma's In the Woods of Memory at the J-Sei community center in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Read More


Happy International Translation Day!

Thomas Joel - Saturday, September 30, 2017

It's International Translation Day everyone, a day to celebrate the many translators out there working hard to keep the world connected. What would we do without you?!  Read More


Photos of "The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga"

Thomas Joel - Friday, July 14, 2017

The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga premiered in Palo Alto a couple days ago! The musical will play through August, so get your tickets before it's too late: http://ow.ly/Wdvh30cxrcw  Read More


​It's a Wonderful Rife review of "In the Woods of Memory" by Shun Medoruma

Thomas Joel - Friday, June 23, 2017

It's a Wonderful Rife reviewed Shun Medoruma's new novel In the Woods of Memory, writing that it's "not just a book about different cultures, rather it’s a look inside the human psyche and how war is merely a part of the backdrop." Much appreciated! Read More


​The Japan Times review of "In the Woods of Memory" by Shun Medoruma

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Japan Times just reviewed Shun Medoruma's latest novel, In the Woods of Memory, writing that "in its unsparing squint into the darkest moments of human experience, this masterpiece of Okinawan literature continues to speak to us all." Much appreciated – we couldn't agree more! Read More


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