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  • 2016 Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) – Country of Focus: Japan

    This year’s Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) was particularly special for me, as the Country of Focus was the place where I have lived and worked … more

  • Translator Alexander O Smith Returns to Yokohama International School

    On Tuesday, March 15th, our Grade 11 class at Yokohama International School was lucky enough to spend 90 minutes with Japanese-to-English translator Alexander O. Smith. This was Alex’s … more

  • Author Visit – Xi’an Hanova International School

    I was lucky enough to be invited to visit Xi’an Hanova International School in central China for a two-day author visit in late March. This was actually my second … more

  • Japan Writers Conference 2014 – Iwate University (Morioka) – Oct 25-26

    The Japan Writers Conference (JWC) is a unique event for writers, poets, translators and publishers who live in Japan but work (for the most part) in English. Held … more

  • “Bench Brawl” and Other Lorimer Titles Available for Preview on NetGalley

    My publisher has recently announced an exciting opportunity for librarians via the online program NetGalley. Through applying to this free service, librarians can gain access to full digital … more

  • “Bench Brawl” Hits Store Shelves TOMORROW – September 26th!

    I am very excited to announce that my fifth sports novel, Bench Brawl, will be released tomorrow – September 26, 2014 – by James Lorimer & Company. … more

  • ICJC Lecture – “Writing (Badly) About Japan”

    On Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7 pm, I will be giving a lecture entitled “Writing (Badly) About Japan” at the International Centre for Japanese Culture (ICJC) in … more

  • How Would You Translate “Arigato”? – Alexander O Smith Visits Yokohama International School

    On Wednesday, March 12th, our school (Yokohama International School) was lucky enough to have a visit from Japanese-to-English translator Alexander O. Smith.   Alex has been working … more

  • 2014 Tokyo International Literary Festival (東京国際文芸フェスティバル) – Ruth Ozeki and David Mitchell

    On Friday, March 7th, the Tokyo literary community welcomed internationally-acclaimed authors Ruth Ozeki and David Mitchell to Academy Hills in Roppongi.  Having read several of Mitchell’s multi-layered, … more

  • Author Visit – Makuhari International School (Chiba)

    I am delighted to announce that I have been invited to visit Makuhari International School (幕張インターナショナルスクール) in Chiba, Japan on Monday, February 6th as part of their … more