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  • “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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Author Visit – Doshisha International School (Kyoto)

    On Monday, January 27th, I was lucky enough to be invited to Doshisha International School (同志社国際中学・高等学校)in Kyoto.  Visiting Doshisha was very interesting, because the curriculum is roughly […]

  • “Isn’t It Boring To Visit This Place Every Year?” – Thoughts on a School Trip

    In October, I took a group of 10th graders on a five-day hiking trip to Shikoku, the smallest and least visited of Japan’s four main islands.  It […]

  • Great Football in an Empty Stadium – the 2013 Under-20 World Cup in Turkey

    Just before heading to Turkey for a holiday this summer, I happened to notice that the country was hosting the 2013 Under-20 World Cup at the time […]

  • The 2013 Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) in Singapore

    Between May 26-28, I was fortunate enough to attend the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore.  This year, the AFCC was held at the National Library […]

  • A Visit to Canadian International School in Singapore

    I would like to thank the students and teachers at both campuses of Canadian International School in Singapore for hosting my author visit on Monday, May 26th. […]