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Nancy Singleton Hachisu on TV!

Nancy Singleton Hachisu on TV!

The author of Japanese Farm Food, SWET member, and long-time resident of Saitama prefecture, Hachisu has begun appearing in segments of the Fuji TV program Tokoro-san no Nippon no Deban (Rediscover Japan). Her segment appears next on Tues. July 21, 7:00–9:00 p.m. Hachisu cooked for SWET’s 2013 New Year’s Party and spoke about her first book. Her second book, Preserving the Japanese Way will be released August 11.

News

Japan Writers Conference Update

Japan Writers Conference Update

Date: October 24 and 25, 2015
Place: Kobe Women's University, Suma Campus

The organizers of the Japan Writers Conference report that they received a great selection of presentation proposals again this year and promise a full and stimulating event, with new topics, new faces, and several panel discussions on all sorts of things.

Announcement as of July 20, 2015:

If you submitted a proposal and you haven’t heard back from John Gribble in the last couple of weeks, please contact us now!... more

Articles

From Book Editor to Thriller Writer: Barry Lancet’s Advice to Aspiring Scribes

From Book Editor to Thriller Writer: Barry Lancet’s Advice to Aspiring Scribes

Jeremy Hill

On May 10, 2015, award-winning author of the thrillers Japantown and Tokyo Kill Barry Lancet spoke about how he moved from a career in editing to writing fiction and offered some pointers for aspiring authors. The lively audience contributed to the experience and insights shared. Our thanks to Jeremy Hill, who wrote this report based on a recording of the talk and feedback from the speaker.

Regardless of genre, Barry Lancet reminded us, the essential qualities of good books are... more

Swet Columns

Bento Books: A Translator-Driven Publisher

Bento Books: A Translator-Driven Publisher

By Avery Fischer Udagawa

Alexander O. Smith, Tony Gonzalez, and Joseph Reeder founded Bento Books in 2011 to “bring contemporary Japanese fiction to new audiences.” The company has since published titles such as Math Girls by Hiroshi Yuki, translated by Gonzalez, and Cage on the Sea by Kaoru Ohno, translated by Giles Murray. Here the cofounders respond to questions from SWET about their history, activities, and vision.

Photo: Bento Books cofounders Tony Gonzalez (left) and Joseph Reeder... more

A Community for Japan-Related Writing Professionals

Based in Tokyo, Japan, SWET comprises people engaged not only in the three professions of writing, editing, and translating, but also in teaching, research, rewriting, design and production, copywriting, and other areas related to the written word in Japan.