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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

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

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