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  • New Stone Bridge Press 2021 - 2022 Catalog

    Dear Friends, We are pleased to share the latest Stone Bridge Press catalog, featuring new titles from the upcoming 2021 - 2022 season, including Of Arcs and Circles, a new book from Japanese garden expert Marc Peter Keane, The Way Forward, the fifth volume in the Understanding China Through Comics Series from Jing Liu, and more! To view the catalog in your internet browser click here. Otherwise, check out the virtual catalog here. Basho's Haiku Journey By Freeman Ng, Illustrated by Cassandra Rockwood-Ghanem Available 10/19/21 ISBN: 9781611720693 A children's picture book of haiku that tell the story of the poet Basho and the diaries he wrote while walking throughout Japan in the 1600s. The Way Forward: From Early Republic to People’s Republic (1912 – 1949) By Jing Liu Available 03/15/22 ISBN: 9781611720709 Volume 5 in the Understanding China Through Comics Series. How China became the China we know today, through war and societal transformation. Kanazawa By David Joiner Available 01/25/22 ISBN: 9781611720716 In Kanazawa, Japan, Emmitt and his wife Mirai clash over how to pursue their future together until a 30-year-old mystery reveals a way forward. Of Arcs and Circles: Insights from Japan on Gardens, Nature, and Art By Marc Peter Keane Available 11/16/21 ISBN: 9781611720723 A renowned designer of Japanese gardens contemplates wildness, humanity, beauty, the liquid state of the world.

  • UPDATE: The Minamata Story and Yamamba

    After a long and uncertain year due to COVID-19, The Minamata Story: An Eco Tragedy, which was originally set to be published in 2020 has now been officially set to June of 2021. Likewise, due to printing and shipping delays we have been made to push back the date of Yamamba: In Search of the Japanese Mountain Witch to June as well. The Minamata Story will be available everywhere 06/15/2021. Yamamaba will be available everywhere 06/22/2021. Please find more information on both books below. Be well and stay safe. 気を付けて! The SBP staff A powerful graphic novel /manga that tells the story of "Minamata disease," a debilitating and sometimes fatal condition caused by the Chisso chemical factory's careless release of methylmercury into the waters of the coastal community of Minamata in southern Japan. First identified in 1956, it became a hot topic in Japan in the 1970s and 80s, growing into an iconic struggle between people versus corporations and government agencies. The event is also the subject of the 2020 Andrew Levitas directed Johnny Depp film, Minamata. This struggle is relevant today, not simply because many people are still living with the disease but also because, in this time of growing concern over the safety of our environment--viz. Flint, Michigan--Minamata gives us as a very moving example of such human-caused environmental disasters and what we can do about them. Available where all books are sold June 15th, 2021 PRE-ORDER The Minamata Story Alluring, nurturing, dangerous, and vulnerable, the yamamba, or Japanese mountain witch, has intrigued audiences for centuries. What is it about the fusion of mountains with the solitary old woman that produces such an enigmatic figure? And why does she still call to us in this modern, scientific era? Co-editors Rebecca Copeland and Linda C. Ehrlich first met the yamamba in the powerful short story “The Smile of the Mountain Witch” by acclaimed woman writer Ōba Minako. The story revealed the compelling way creative women can take charge of misogynistic tropes, invert them, and use them to tell new stories of female empowerment. This unique collection represents the creative and surprising ways artists and scholars from North America and Japan have encountered the yamamba. Available where all books are sold June 22nd, 2021 PRE-ORDER Yamamba

  • Announcing Yamamba: In Search of the Japanese Mountain Witch

    Stone Bridge Press is excited to announce the publication of Yamamba: In Search of the Japanese Mountain Witch, a unique collection compiled and edited by Rebecca Copeland, Professor of Japanese Literature, and Linda C. Ehrlich, scholar of Japanese cinema and a poet. Pre-orders are now up ahead of the May 25th release date. Women, Magic, Wisdom: Explore a Japanese myth through the words and images of key scholars and artists. Alluring, nurturing, dangerous, and vulnerable, the yamamba, or Japanese mountain witch, has intrigued audiences for centuries. What is it about the fusion of mountains with the solitary old woman that produces such an enigmatic figure? And why does she still call to us in this modern, scientific era? Co-editors Rebecca Copeland and Linda C. Ehrlich first met the yamamba in the powerful short story “The Smile of the Mountain Witch” by acclaimed woman writer Ōba Minako. The story revealed the compelling way creative women can take charge of misogynistic tropes, invert them, and use them to tell new stories of female empowerment. This unique collection represents the creative and surprising ways artists and scholars from North America and Japan have encountered the yamamba. Rebecca Copeland is a professor of Japanese literature at Washington University in St. Louis, a writer of fiction and literary criticism, and a translator of Japanese literature. The Kimono Tattoo, her debut work, takes readers on a journey into Kyoto’s intricate world of kimono design, and into a mystery that interweaves family dynamics, loss, and reconciliation. Linda C. Ehrlich is an independent scholar who has published extensively about world cinema and traditional theater. Her recent publication, The Films of Kore-eda Hirokazu: An Elemental Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), is the first book in English on this influential Japanese director. She has published poetry in International Poetry Review, The Bitter Oleander, Southern Poetry Review, Literary Arts Hawaii, Pinesong, and other literary journals. Available where all books are sold May 25th, 2021 Woman's Studies / Folklore & Mythology / Anthropology Print ISBN: 9781611720662 eBook ISBN: 9781611729481 $18.95 Print / $9.99 Digital 144 pages Trim 5.5" x 8.5" Format: Paperback / softback Pre-order Yamamba from your favorite book store here

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  • Dead Love

    SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 9/21/10 # of Pages 304 Dimensions 5.5 x 7.1" Price (Print/Ebook) $14.95 PISBN 9781933330914 EISBN 9781611725018 Dead Love Deluxe Hardcover Ed. with Manga Supplement Author Linda Watanabe McFerrin THIS TITLE IS OUT OF PRINT Zombies in Japan? You bet your life! is an artful supernatural thriller that follows a cast of nefarious characters—both human and otherworldly—as they foul one another's plans and power plays in a conspiracy of global proportions. It begins when Clement, a lovesick ghoul, falls for beautiful young Erin. Unfortunately, she is marked for death by the Japanese mob (the yakuza). Using secrets learned from a Haitian witch doctor, and taking us to Tokyo, Amsterdam, and Malaysia, Clement finds a way to rescue and possess her—but not at all in the manner he expected. Dead Love Preview Goodreads Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Linda Watanabe McFerrin An author whose work has also appeared in and . Her novel, was published by Coffee House Press and named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. Wild Places American Fiction Namako: Sea Cucumber Learn More

  • Right under the big sky, I don't wear a hat

    SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 6/1/93 # of Pages 142 Dimensions 8.5 x 5.5" Price (Print/Ebook) $16.95 PISBN 9781880656051 EISBN NA Right under the big sky, I don't wear a hat ​ Author Hosai Ozaki presents colloquial haiku and occasional essays by an eccentric and disturbed personality who spent his last lonely years at a small Buddhist temple off the coast of Shikoku. Right under the big sky, I don't wear a hat Preview Goodreads Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Hosai Ozaki An alcoholic, Ozaki witnessed the birth of the modern free verse movement. His verses are permeated with loneliness, most likely a result of the isolation, poverty and poor health of his final years. haiku Learn More

  • The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom

    SBP 2020-2021 Catalog Details Publish Date 5/5/13 # of Pages 160 Dimensions NA Price (Print/Ebook) $4.95 PISBN NA EISBN 9781611729078 The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom The Spiritual Experiments of My Generation (Out of Print) Author Wes "Scoop" Nisker THIS TITLE IS OUT OF PRINT Some deep alternative current has begun flowing out of the spiritual adventures and identity struggles of recent generations. Of course, we didn't create the conditions or questions of this new age; we got caught in them. The ground shifted, the old gods departed, the economic and political utopias crumbled, and the traditional answers were washed away. We didn't leave home; home left us. How did a nice Jewish boy from Nebraska become a Buddhist in California? Join Wes "Scoop" Nisker as he takes us on a hilarious, wild ride from West to East and back again in his quest for true self and enlightenment. Combining the best elements of memoir and social commentary, Nisker uses his own story to illuminate the Baby Boomers' roots of spiritual hunger in postwar America. His journey begins in middle America (Nebraska to be exact) in the middle of the twentieth century, travels through the heyday of the Beats and the Hippies, the birth of the modern environmental movement, and winds up in the current epicenter of Buddhism in the West—California. Full of colorful and immediately recognizable figures of art, religion, and popular culture—from Alfred E. Newman to Allen Ginsberg— is a guided tour of both the outer and inner move-ments that have culminated in the growing culture of Western Buddhism—a lasting, vivid picture of how the Baby Boom generation came to be identified with spiritual seeking, how they went about the search, what they have found and created, and what their true legacy is. The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom Preview Goodreads Books sold at E-Books sold at About the Author(s) Wes "Scoop" Nisker Books include the newly edited version of his national bestseller, (Ten Speed Press), (Harper San Francisco), (Bantam), and his most recent book (Stone Bridge Press). Essential Crazy Wisdom The Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom Buddha's Nature Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! Learn More

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