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Rightstuf dives into 'A Shameful Life', the new translation of Osamu Dazai's Ningen shikkaku

Michael Palmer - Monday, December 17, 2018

Thanks to Quinn at Rightstuf Anime for reviewing A Shameful Life, Mark Gibeau's new translation of the classic by Osamu Dazai. As a recurring character in the anime Bungo Stray Dogs, learn more about who this mysterious character is by reading his last and most famous work.  Read More


'A Shameful Life' reviewed by The Complete Review

Michael Palmer - Monday, November 26, 2018

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


Author, Alexandra Johnson shares 'The Fourth String' blurb

Michael Palmer - Friday, November 23, 2018

We're proud to share that Alexandra Johnson, author of The Hidden Writer has shared her blurb on Janet Pocorobba's upcoming memoir The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me  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


Politics and Prose Bookstore reviews Tracy Franz's 'My Year of Dirt and Water

Michael Palmer - Thursday, September 27, 2018

We're delighted to share that celebrated Washington D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose has written a review of Tracy Franz's new memoir My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan  Read More


Tricycle Magazine reviews 'My Year of Dirt and Water'

Michael Palmer - Monday, August 06, 2018

We are excited to share a new review from Tricycle Magazine of Tracy Franz's My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan  Read More


Soranews24 wants to quiz you on Best Behavior in Japan!

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Head over to Soranews24 to test yourself in 5 situations of Japanese manners and customs. The quiz comes from Amy Chavez's new book Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite! 
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Tracy Franz on her new book and continuing Zen practice

Michael Palmer - Monday, June 04, 2018

Tracy Franz's new book My Year of Dirt and Water is making waves. Check out her interview with Sumeru Press on her book and her continued life in Zen practice. Read More


The International Examiner reviews 'The Little Exile' by Jeanette Arakawa

Intern Intern - Monday, March 12, 2018

The International Examiner just penned an insightful review of Jeanette Arakawa's WWII Japanese internment memoir The Little Exile, calling it "an evocative excursion into a young person’s life being drastically inverted." Much appreciated!  Read More


The Nichi Bei Weekly review of 'In the Woods of Memory' by Shun Medoruma

Intern Intern - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Nichi Bei Weeklya Japanese-American community-focused publication based in San Francisco, recently reviewed Shun Medoruma's In the Woods of Memory, calling it "a tapestry of trauma in Okinawa" that "offers an in-depth look at the residual of war."  
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