O, the Oprah Magazine + Murakami

A fairy godmother bonked me on the head with her wand, and I got to review the new Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, for O magazine. I even got to discuss my cowboy boot collection and love of popcorn on the contributor's page! Happy happy day. (Also: don't miss Patti Smith's review of Tsukuru in the NYT, featuring art by Yuko Shimizu--who created the cover art for Hana Sasaki.)


HANA SASAKI Wins Foreword Review's Editors Prize in Fiction

Last week in Las Vegas at the 2014 ALA Conference, Foreword Reviews announced their annual IndieFab awards. I'm over the moon to report that Hana Sasaki, nominated in the short story category, was chosen among all the fiction categories for the Editor's Choice Prize in Fiction.

Check out a full list of general categories, finalists, and category winners here.


HANA SASAKI takes Independent Book Publisher's Gold Medal

Hana Sasaki has been awarded the IPBA's Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book. The awards were announced yesterday, and a full list of winners can be found here.


Texas Institute of Letters

Texas, you've been so good to me. Not only did I get to ride a mechanical horse at the National Cowgirl Museum this morning, I just learned that HANA SASAKI's been named one of three finalists for the Texas Institute of Letters' Steven Turner Award for First Fiction!


Foreword's Book of the Year Award

Hana Sasaki has been nominated for a Book of the Year Award.

Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, announced the finalists for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards today.



Review Round-up: Praise for HANA SASAKI

The Chicago Tribune's in-depth review by Amy Gentry is whipsmart and wonderful.

A starred review from Publishers Weekly!

Over at The Japan Times, this reviewer has a thing for the cover.

Foxing Quarterly's brand-new blog, Fox Hunting, launched with this gorgeous, insightful consideration of the book,"The Wabi-Sabi of Hana Sasaki" by The Miniature Wife author Manuel Gonzales.