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Cultured Vultures review: "In the Woods of Memory" by Shun Medoruma

Thomas Joel - Monday, March 27, 2017

Cultured Vultures just reviewed Shun Medoruma's new novel, In the Woods of Memory, giving it a 9 out of 10 rating!  Read More


The Japan Times Review: "Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun: How I Survived China’s Wartime Atrocity" by Homare Endo

Thomas Joel - Monday, March 27, 2017

The Japan Times just gave an incisive and generous review of Homare Endo's Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun: How I Survived China’s Wartime Atrocity and talked with Endo about the memories that went into her memoir and her reflections on those events, past and present. Much appreciated!  Read More


Interview with "In the Woods of Memory" translator Takuma Sminkey

Thomas Joel - Monday, March 20, 2017

Ryukyu Shimpo recently interviewed "In the Woods of Memory" translator Takuma Sminkey (in Japanese).   Read More


The Daily Nebraskan reviews "Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun"

Michael Palmer - Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thank you to Evan Pille at the The Daily Nebraskan for his thoughtful review of Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun. Read the review below or check it out at The Daily Nebraskan.  Read More


Giveaway: 5 more copies of Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Due to the overwhelming number of entrants in last week's giveaway of Homare Endo's Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun, we gave away 5 more copies! Learn about the true story of a young girl's survival during the horrid Siege of Changchun during WWII, an event that the Chinese government will not acknowledge. Read More


Giveaway: Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun by Homare Endo

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This week, in celebration of its recent publication, we are giving away 5 copies of Homare Endo's Japanese Girl at the Siege of ChangchunThe true story of a young girl's survival during the horrid Siege of Changchun during WWII, an event that the Chinese government will not acknowledge.  Read More


Excerpt Wednesday - The Silver Spoon by Kansuke Naka

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, November 09, 2016

This week’s excerpt comes from perhaps the most admired childhood memoir ever written in Japan, The Silver Spoon, a book literary critic Meera Sushila Viswanathan commends as a “nuanced and subtle rendering [of] the strange fluidity of a child's tentative apprehension of the looming world around, that wondrous and unsettling sense of discovery amid the flux.”  Read More


Excerpt Wednesday — Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun: How I Survived China's Wartime Atrocity

Michael Palmer - Wednesday, October 05, 2016

This week’s excerpt comes from Homare Endo's poignant new memoir, Japanese Girl at the Siege of Changchun, in which she describes her childhood experience of a Chinese atrocity in the late 1940s and breathes life into post-war China-Japan relations. “Endo’s aim,” writes The Japan Times, “is not to expose a ‘forgotten’ scandal in China’s history so much as to reconstruct the terrifying event she experienced as a child.” Imbued with both stark realism and poetic meditations, this is her eyewitness, at times haunting account of survival at all costs and of unspeakable scenes of barbarity that the Chinese government today will not acknowledge. Read More


Interview: Frederik L. Schodt talks Osamu Tezuka on Publisher's Weekly podcast "More To Come"

Michael Palmer - Friday, August 26, 2016

From Publisher's Weekly: In this week's podcast, More to Come's Calvin Reid interviews Frederik L. Schodt, manga expert and translator of ‘The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime’ (Stone Bridge Press) by Toshio Ban and Tezuka Productions, a mammoth, 900 page, manga-biography of the father of modern Japanese manga. Schodt discusses the book's creation, Tezuka’s life and works and his personal history with Tezuka, known as the “God of Manga.” Read More


Interview: Osamu Tezuka Story translator Frederik L. Schodt talks Tezuka with the International Examiner

Michael Palmer - Thursday, August 25, 2016

Leonard Rifas at the International Examiner sat down with Frederik L. Schodt to talk about Osamu Tezuka and translating the newly published Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime.   Read More


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