SBP Blog

Defying the Western Narrative — Interview with Janet Pocorobba for DIY MFA

Michael Palmer - Thursday, April 11, 2019

Janet Pocorobba, author of the incredible new memoir The Fourth String speaks with DIY MFA on her new book as well as how to defy writing structures both in the classroom and on the page. Read More

'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

Janet Pocorobba shamisen performance and book reading at The Japan Society New York

Michael Palmer - Thursday, January 31, 2019

Janet Pocorobba, author of The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me will be doing a special shamisen performance and reading from her upcoming memoir at The Japan Society in New York March 19th.  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

Author, Rachel Manley shares her thoughts on 'The Fourth String'

Michael Palmer - Monday, September 24, 2018

We are still months away from the publication of Janet Pocorobba's The Fourth String, but we've received wonderful words about the book from the literary world. Rachel Manley, author of Drumblair trilogy and recepient of Canada's Governor General's Award for Literature has weighed in!  Read More

Like our blog? Please share it!


Subscribe to the SBP Mailing List

New Releases

Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan

Going to Japan? This unfussy modern guide guarantees you keep it polite and get it right!

China Smart

Essential essays on all things Chinese that inform and entertain travelers, students, and anyone working or living in China

Oh, Tama!

A deeply eccentric novel about lives and connections—and a cat of course—in 1980s Tokyo: witty, offbeat, and strangely profound.

The Fourth String

Two women. Two cultures. One music.

Tag Cloud

memior japanese music travel etiquette diary book blurb manners japan book nhk walt disney japanese cutlure book review japanese instruments forty seven samurai nazi sensei and me Christianity eli lieberman UCLA musical four immigrants suicide politics and prose no longer human donald richie shun medoruma osamu dazai in the woods of memory min kahng swastika student teacher wanderlust journal japanese manners green tea jared cook osaka rachel manley Chiune Sugihara learning shamisen japan today chinese literature Art/Design a memoir of sensei and me japanese travel hooked cross diymfa interfaith monks wife asia japanese culture china book tea Interview graphic novels catcher in the rye japanese drunk hiaku astro boy sensei manga biography jing liu literature a mejiro novel kyodo news ningen shikkaku hitler symbol world literature today 1960's Japan yukio mishima the silver spoon Chinese history new books benjamin franklin awards chinese comics death traditional japanese music book reading film Basho's Narrow Road year of zen japan behavior dark horse visitor lesley university drinking in japan tea garden traditional japanese instrument controversy japan travel guide association of jewish libraries IBPA author signing do it right and be polite zen monk journal of a zen monk's wife china where igo comics poetry of consciousness book tour japan manners travel literature osamau tezuka welton gaddy chinese internment books janet pocorbba foreword indies gaijin Japanese art Language traditional event janet pocrobba japanese bath the fourth string a memoir of sensei and me award japanese kansuke naka lions roar japan food Spirituality expert China larry herzberg seppuku WWII japanese history Christianity in Japan book buddhist buddhist swastika juddhism koto chapters VIZ disney wife doris bargen amys guide to bes tbehavior in japan summer vacation tokyo Ukiyo-e dazai donald keene the inland sea review book signing Chinese Astrology bowing in japan 47 ronin takuma sminkey nichi bei weekly, naomi hirarahara forewrod reviews indies koun japan vacation japanese books in english kinokuniya event frederik schodt Korea photography japanese classic amy chavez travel Japan manga gaijin pot dirt and water Anime/Manga/Comics AAS osamu tezuka the asian review of books classic literature Alexandra Johnson the fourth string gallery awa japanese etiquette damian flanagan Children's Books classic mieko kanai tricycle magazine learning in japan paul mccarthy anime 2019 keanu reeves World War Two japan memoir japanese craft monk tk nakagaki hiroaki sato Poetry understandind china through comics my year of dirt and water expat poet how to travel in japan giajin japan ravel japan trip lucille cara amys guide to best behavior in japan Shoah namethetranslator jungle emperor tracy franz traditional japanese instrumenet bushido zazen photography Spring Festival peace symbol shamisen t.k. nakagaki center of east asian studies expat in japan travel manners trip zen monk in japan asian review of books japanese book tourist holocaust huffpost china guide Asian Studies new york events japanese people kyoto journal journal' monks wife announcement rebecca otowa china smart History journal of a zen monk stone bridge cafe otakuusa illustration Second World War jun hazuki Nikolas Bunton ex pat literature american shamisen japan etiquette podcast alan brill japan custom gaijinpot publishing ripe mangoes china vacation janet pocorobba Japanese aesthetics 1960s Korea criterion monk wife peace nara Japanese holidays Travel japan visitor polite henry kiyama luke patitsas comic history Tokyo Olympics Children's Literature china What You Don’t Know, What You Need to Know— A Past & Present Guide to History, Culture, Society, Language classic japanese literature eastern and western philosophy ibpa publishing university Okinawan literature the buddhist swastika travel to japan purification author how to order in japan shaimsen washington dc verticle stone bridge press Culture haibun danica davidson japanese translation 4k memoir writing brad hawley japanese books international book award the lion king new york foreigner in japan Japanese literature society zen monk wife university of chicago eating in japan bookstore huffington post mark gibeau state of belief evil astrology holden caufield the japan times PEN AWARD blurb zen monks wife' foreword reviews japanese to english oh tama ancient symbol memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist religion japan book review etiquette japan books japan culture author event book talk publicity nova scotia 47 samurai manji hitlers cross william f sibley black jack kyoto benjamin franklin award hitler The Colorado Review diy mfa Translation ancient symbols the japan society budhist swastika literary review haiku Coming of Age Day pottery what do in japan hate pacific rim review of books buddhist symbols Chinese culture japanese customs japanese instrument simba buddhism World War II author tour performance book reviews leonard koren kris kosaka ritual why we write podcast kimba the white lion japan times tomoko aoyama classic poetry writing the millions best behavior in japan gratitude in japan michael emmerich matcha living in japan alan moore foreword indies award pulitzer prize china history the hidden writer new release Korea book hoarding literary prize 2020 Olympics japan guide finalist non-fiction shamisen performance awards frank beyer Olympics Chinese New Year buddhist priest journal of a zen monks wife in japan Year of the Dog suehiro maruo a memoir Japan book award author talk Basho will eisner forest gander guide translators book publicity behavior china travel japan travel etiquette fred schodt japan restaurant zen forty seven ronin hippocampus magazine a shameful life fantasy literature reviews how to miswest book review memoir japan travel