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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

Thomas Joel - 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

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Ichi 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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The Colorado Review on Shun Medoruma's "In the Woods of Memory"

Thomas Joel - Monday, November 27, 2017

In his beautifully insightful review of Shun Medoruma's novel In the Woods of Memoryliterary critic Eric Maroney of the Colorado Review lauds the book as a "layered, textured novel [that] throws into stark relief the interconnections between experience and memory, and the enduring nature of trauma."
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