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Tracy Franz to speak at Chapters in Halifax Nova Scotia

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Join author Tracy Franz as she signs copies of her book, My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan Saturday, July 27th 2019 at Chapters in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 
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Kyoto Journal reviews 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

"In understanding another culture, there are layers of learning, and the more you know, the more complicated it becomes. This is nowhere more true than in Japan." 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

The Literary Review on 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A big thank you to The Literary Review for their wonderful review of Tracy Franz's My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan. We are honored to have a book of ours reviewed by this great publication.
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