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'The Fourth String' officially out now! First review by Hippocampus Magazine

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

It's official! Janet Pocorobba's new memoir The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me is officially available from your favorite book retailer!  Read More

UCLA Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, Michael Emmerich on 'A Shameful Life'

Michael Palmer - Thursday, September 06, 2018

We are happy to share Michael Emmerich, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature at UCLA and translator of Yasunari Kawabata's Dandelions has provided his thoughts on A Shameful Life  Read More

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