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'The Fourth String,' 'A Shameful Life' reviewed in newest issue of The Pacific Rim Review of Books

Michael Palmer - Monday, March 16, 2020

Maryse Cardin and Trevor Carolan take a deeper look at Janet Pocorobba's shamisen memoir and Osamu Dazai's classic "roman à clef." Read More


Announcing the publication 'Bird Talk and Other Stories' by Xu Xu

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Following up our announcement of Former Studio Ghibli Exec Steve Alpert's memoir, we are happy to announce the publication of influential and widely read 20th century Chinese author, Xu Xu’s Bird Talk and Other Stories by Xu Xu: Modern Tales of a Chinese Romantic.  Read More


'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


Janet Pocorobba East Coast reading and shamisen performance dates

Michael Palmer - Monday, February 11, 2019

Janet Pocorobba and her upcoming memoir The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me are going on the road! Not only will she be speaking about her experience learning the shamisen, a traditional Japanese three stringed instumenet, but she will also be bringing it with her for a special performance. For those of you on the East Coast, check the dates below!  Read More


'A Shameful Life' reviewed by The Complete Review

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 26, 2018

A Shameful Life: Bingen shikkaku, the new translation of the Osamu Dazai classic translated by Mark Gibeau has been reviewed by The Complete Review.  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


World Literature Today reviews Tracy Franz's 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Monday, June 25, 2018

We are happy to share that one of our favorite review outlets, World Literature Today has given us a very thoughtful review of one of our newest publications from our Spring 2018 lineup, My Year of Dirt and Water  Read More


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