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'A Shameful Life' reviewed by Japan Visitor

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, September 04, 2019

"Listed by some as the second-best selling novel of all-time in Japan, behind only Natsume Soseki's Kokoro." Read More

"Understanding the challenging world of the literary translator"

Michael Palmer - Monday, August 19, 2019

This intriguing article from Louise George Kittaka for The Japan Times sheds a little light on the struggles of bringing some of the greatest literary works from around the world to an English speaking audience. Our publisher, Peter Goodman weighs in as well.  Read More

New Book Announcement: Hiroaki Sato's 'Forty-Seven Samurai'

Michael Palmer - Thursday, August 15, 2019

One of the most spectacular vendettas ever: the history and haiku behind the mass-suicide featured in the 2013 film 47 Ronin.  Read More

'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

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