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Lucia Silva, book buyer at Portrait of a Bookstore, declares Chin Music Press "a triumphant kick in the pants for anyone who doubts the future of paper-and-ink books." We take the time to produce high-quality, high-design books that, like food from the slow food movement, can be savored. Our Japan and Asia-related titles include fiction, cultural studies, politics, memoirs, and art books. Our New Orleans titles, published under the Broken Levee Books imprint, include fiction, essay collections, and photography. We also publish Americana fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and photography. Please visit our online store.

HB_Cover_proof_Illus.jpg Houseboat on the Ganges & A Room in Kathmandu
Marilyn Stablein

Stablein drops out of Berkeley at age 19 and travels through India and Nepal from 1966 to 1972. Her life on the road is revealed in a series of letters to her parents. Sweet, intimate, and richly descriptive, this book reminds us of what a spiritual quest looked like before the digital age. 

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Anca L. Szilagyi

A modern, fabulist fairy tale set in Seattle's Pike Place Market.

This limited edition chapbook is numbered and signed by the author. The story originally appeared in Gastronomica.

“[Szilágyi’s] work is like a fairy tale—the sort of thing you’d find handwritten on a tiny scroll . . . under a mushroom in the middle of a forest on the longest day of the year.”

-The Seattle Review of Books

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BTcover.jpeg Building Tradition
Marie Rose Wong

Marie Rose Wong's long-awaited history of the single-residence occupancy (SRO) hotels in the Chinatown-International District is finally here. The two-color book includes dozens of historical photos, maps and oral histories that bring the ID to life and give the reader a sense of how redlining has affected a major part of our city. Her work couldn't be more relevant today, when the C-ID faces massive gentrification and a loss of affordable housing as elderly Asians get displaced from the only home they've ever known. A must-read for anyone who cares about Seattle and wants to keep its most diverse neighborhood from becoming yet another lily white playground for the rich.

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YokaiStoriesCover.jpg Coming soon: Yokai Stories
Zack Davisson & Eleonora D\'Onofrio

Zack Davisson & Eleonora D'Onofrio have created the world's first English-language children's book about yokai, those mythical Japanese monsters and spirits. D'Onofrio's artwork sets the tone for folklorist Davisson's magical stories. A fascinating book for all ages!

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FestalCookbookCoverFront.jpg Gather Around the Table: A Festal Cookbook
Seattle Center

Seattle Center celebrates the varied cultures of the Pacific Northwest with a series of inspiring and entertaining ethnic cultural celebrations, held at Seattle Center throughout the year. The annual series began in 1997 with 11 festivals -- and today it features 24 separate celebrations. Each one highlights the art, music, dance. stories and foods of the cultural group. The year 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Festál, and in honor of that milestone, Seattle Center has released this keepsake, Gathering Around the Table: A Festál Cookbook. Inside this hardback edition, you´ll find dozens of beautiful photographs of ethnic costumes and cuisine as well as recipes from each group. Chef Kristi Brown prepared each dish to make sure the recipes are easy to follow. Gathering Around The Table is a treat for the tastebuds and a feast for the eyes.

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Kaibyocover.jpg Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan
Zack Davisson

Beware the household kitty-cat, Japanese lore tells us that if you keep a cat as a pet too long, its tail will split, it will begin walking on its hind legs, and that beloved kitty may just hunt you down. Japanese mythology teems with tales of supernatural cats, which have turned inspired generations of artists.

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Frances McCue

Timber Curtain occupies a space between ramshackle and remodel. It starts with the demolition of a house—Richard Hugo House, the Seattle literary center where Frances McCue worked, lived, and mourned her husband. From there, McCue’s poems spiral out to encompass icebergs, exorcisms, the refugee crisis, and the ethics of the place-myths we create for ourselves. The speaker is plainspoken, oracular, wry, indicting, and hopeful. Like the Seattle skyline, poems erase and recombine into a landscape forever saturated with ghosts. Several poems will be central in McCue’s upcoming (2018) documentary Where the House Was.

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Land of Five Waters Cover.jpg The Land of Five Waters
Deborah Sanwal

This culinary memoir and cookbook by Deborah Sanwal is the perfect introduction to Punjabi cuisine and culture. The recipes are made for the non-expert curious about India. The memoir chronicles one year in the author's life, when she and her fiance moved to Punjab to prepare for and ultimately celebrate their wedding. Sanwal provides intimate insights into the culture and the people. The photo-rich book is a treasure for expat Indians longing for home as well as anyone wanting to get to know one of the world's most fascinating cultures.

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Ghostscover.jpg Ghosts of Seattle Past
Curated by Jaimee Garbacik; Maps by Josh Powell

"Though that city is changing at a whiplash speed, many residents of cities in the throes of redevelopment booms can relate to the nostalgic pang of seeing a once-familiar corner appear alien, or the sense that a freshly gentrified neighborhood’s quirks have been smudged into sameness. But each of the book’s entries offers a rejoinder: Committing spaces to memory, in ink, is both a mode of preservation and a roadmap for the future, highlighting how people form bonds with places and each other." -- Jessica Leigh Hester in CityLab

This time capsule of a book reminds us of all the ghosts that exist just beneath the shiny surface of gentrifying Seattle.

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TLtCEcover.jpg To Love the Coming End
Leanne Dunic

In this teeming lyrical novel, love is remembered as a jungle of flora and fauna cleaved by tectonic shock and human fault. Our restless narrator stirs between Singapore, Japan, and British Columbia with prose that engulfs like radioactive mist. Personal, geographic, political, and cultural environments take on one another's qualities, culminating in the Tohoku earthquake that shatters Japan.

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White Elephantcover300dpi.jpg White Elephant
Mako Idemitsu

Hiroko, headstrong and irreverent, uses her father's money to move to New York, promising to become a famous artist. Intolerant of weakness in others, she crumbles in the face of her own shortcomings. Sakiko, fragile and unsure in 1960s San Francisco, falls into marriage with a brazen Californian artist. From catty carpooling moms to manipulative stoners, abortions to adultery, White Elephant is a vivid book from a seasoned artist turned writer. Mako Idemitsu, daughter of Rockefelleresque petroleum executive Sazo Idemitsu, reconfigures her own family discord to reflect on the binds of being female in this quietly complex English translation by Juliet Winters Carpenter.

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Bamboocoverfinal.jpg Meet Me at the Bamboo Table: Everyday Meals Everywhere
A.V. Crofts

In our ever-more-globalized world, how better to connect than with food, and who better to connect us than a chowhound communications professor? Crofts concocts a multimedia feast of photos, “sketchnotes,” and vignettes, inviting us to everything from Thanksgiving in Germany to a Lunar New Year dumpling party in Seattle. The result is a beautiful meditation on how food nourishes community.

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9781634059633-frontcover.jpg Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko
Story by David Jacobson Translations by Sally Ito & Michiko Tsuboi

Japanese children's poet Misuzu Kaneko (1903-1930) has captivated children and adults alike with her innate sympathy for all living—and nonliving—things. Forgotten for decades, her poetry touched the hearts of millions following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern Japan in 2011

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Human_Jungle_Cover.jpg The Human Jungle
Cho Chongnae

Against a backdrop of rapidly morphing urban landscapes, readers meet migrant workers, Korean manufacturers out to save a few bucks, high-flying venture capitalists, street thugs, and shakedown artists. The picture of China that emerges is at turns unsettling, awe-inspiring, and heart-breaking. best-selling Korean novelist Cho Chongnae deftly portrays a giant awakening to its own raw, volatile, and often uncontrollable power.

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SeeingtheLightCover300dpi.jpg Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown
Photos & essays by Dean Wong

"Dean Wong has a patient eye that picks out an extraordinary instance borne out of many ordinary hours. That snapshot in time resonates." -- Alan Lau, painter and author of Songs for Jadina, winner of the 1981 American Book award. 

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KOW cover final.jpg King of the Worlds
M. Thomas Gammarino

This dark sci-fi novel explores the lost universes of Dylan Greenyears. After losing the lead in Titanic, Dylan exiles himself and his wife to a recently-settled exoplanet. For a while, life beyond Earth seems uncannily un-wondrous. But then a box of fan mail (and the hint of a galaxy-wide conspiracy) offers Dylan a chance to recapture the past.

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Persimmon_Trail (1).jpg The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories
Juyanne James

James brings to life a series of strong women and interesting men in this 17-story collection set in southern Lousiana. While the women are African American, James doesn't dwell on race. "The characters are not so much concerned with color as they are concerened with survival," she writes. Her lyrical style evokes the grit of life on the bayou.

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LastLight_Cover.jpg The Last Light
Elizabeth Sanders

Christmas Eve in Vacherie, Louisiana, finds the banks of the Mississippi alive with fire. Walter Doucet's holiday season is consumed with planning the perfect bonfire -- the one that will finally beat his brother's blaze and extinguish the lingering melancholy from his father's death. As Walter obsesses over wood, kindling and structure, his family life teeters on the brink of collapse.

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9781634059022.01.jpg Why Ghosts Appear
A novel by Todd Shimoda with artwork by LJC Shimoda

Todd Shimoda's noir thriller Why Ghosts Appear is here! We're offering free shipping in North America and reduced shipping everywhere else through Halloween.

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sun-gods-coverFINAL.jpg The Sun Gods
A novel by Jay Rubin

Arriving in Seattle on the eve of World War II, Japanese-born Mitsuko falls for Tom, a widowed pastor, and quickly bonds with his fair-haired son. But the bombing of Pearl Harbor strains their relations as war hysteria and race prejudice rise.

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coverrevised.jpg Gang of Four
Bob Santos and Gary Iwamoto

Four community leaders from four different ethnic groups changed the face of Seattle in the 1960s, 70s and 80s through activism and a shared sense of purpose.

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HanCover.jpg Han in the Upper Left
The Korean American Historical Society

Han in the Upper Left brings to life the struggles of Korean immigrants in the Pacific Northwest through personal stories, photos and research. 

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JacksonSquaredCover.jpg Jackson Squared
Tom Varisco

An irreverent celebration of the exponential quirks at the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter. Tom Varisco captures the many moods, events, faces, textures, smells and sounds of one of America's most famous destinations.

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yy.jpg Yokohama Yankee
Leslie Helm

Yokohama Yankee is the first book to look at Japan across five generations with perspective that is both from the inside and through foreign eyes, with photographs, maps, illustrations, postcards and ephemera from the late 19th century to today.

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enfu.jpg Enfu: Cute Grit

Cute Grit is the debut collection of digitally designed pop art by Japanese American artist Enfu. So named for its fanciful, yet edgy style, this comprehensive compilation of hundreds of colorful illustrations merges childlike imagination with serious exploration of Asian American identity.

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Yureiblack.jpg Yurei: The Japanese Ghost
Zack Davisson

Combining his lifelong interest in Japanese tradition and his personal experiences with these vengeful spirits, author Zack Davisson launches an investigation into the origin, popularization, and continued existence of yurei.

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LTFT.jpg Lizard Telepathy Fox Telepathy
Yoshinori Henguchi, translated by David Michael Ramirez II

This collection of photography and bilingual poetry plunges booklovers into the backstreets and hipster bars of Osaka. Henguchi builds on the surrealism of Haruki Murakami and his contemporaries to create a new aesthetic for a young generation of Japanese artists.

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yellowriver.jpg Yellow River Odyssey
Bill Porter

Bill Porter recounts his fascinating journey from the mouth to the source (some say he was the first Caucasian to actually reach the source) in the early 1990s. This collection includes 43 black-and-white photos that provide a visual trail of the memorable journey.

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pie_cover.jpg A Commonplace Book of Pie
Kate Lebo illustrations by Jessica Lynn Bonin

This slim volume is chockful of poems, recipes and baking tips from Lebo. Shelf Awareness says that "readers will be hard-pressed to know whether this book belongs in the kitchen for the recipes or on the coffee table for the illustrations and poems. Charming to read in either spot."

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Subduction.jpg Subduction
Todd Shimoda art by L.J.C. Shimoda

A timely, seductive mystery set on a tiny island plagued by a swarm of earthquakes. Exquisite art and a beautiful insert of the retelling of the Japanese giant catfish myth compliment the page-turning story.

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hs_store.jpg Hurricane Story
Jennifer Shaw

This first-person narrative told through dreamlike images of toys and dolls chronicles one couple’s evacuation from New Orleans ahead of the broken levees, the birth of their first child on the day that Katrina made landfall, and their return.

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wwk_store.jpg Where We Know: New Orleans as Home
Edited by Dave Rutledge and Bruce Rutledge

Five years later, New Orleans is still striving to recover. Where We Know: New Orleans as Home contains voices of people who stayed on to rebuild and those who no longer think of New Orleans as home.

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shiro_store.jpg Shiro: Wit, Wisdom and Recipes From a Sushi Pioneer
Shiro Kashiba photography by Ann Norton

Follow Shiro Kashiba's rise from Ginza apprentice to the godfather of Seattle's sushi scene.

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dyk_store.jpg Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Edited by Dave Rutledge

This beautiful anthology, structured like a jazz funeral, was published just before the first Mardi Gras after the levees broke. A collection of authors, artists, and historians capture the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina.

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big_store.jpg Big in Japan: A Ghost Story
M. Thomas Gammarino

Progressive rocker Brain Tedesco falls hopelessly in love with a Japanese sex worker and painfully, hilariously comes of age. Compassionate and ruthless, erotic and grotesque, riotously serious and deadly funny, M. Thomas Gammarino&39;s debut is a sparkling, gut-wrenching, face-melting novel.

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poppas_store.jpg Last of the Red Hot Poppas
Jason Berry

Investigative journalist and New Orleans native Jason Berry's novel unravels the mysterious death of Governor Rex LaSalle. Travel through a corrupt yet vibrant political culture and lurk beneath the intrigue of the lasting damage caused by gulf coast oil brokers.

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schoolboard.jpg School Board: A Novel
Mike Freedman

A roaring comic allegory for the coming post-9/11 world and generation. At the center of this hilarious tale is quixotic high school senior class president Tucker “Catfish” Davis, who has never encountered a fight he didn’t take on.

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home_store.png Home, Away
Jeff Gillenkirk

How much is a father&39;s love worth? Jason Thibodeaux has a $42 million contract to pitch for the Colorado Rockies and a romantic bachelor lifestyle when the son he lost in a searing custody battle reappears in his life.

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oh_store.jpg Oh! A Mystery of "Mono no Aware"
Todd Shimoda, art LJC Shimoda

A masterful tale of an emotionally deadened Japanese American caught up in a mystery of suicide cults, underground poetry societies and a quest to understand the ancient Japanese concept of mono no aware.

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goodbye_store.jpg Goodbye Madame Butterfly
Sumie Kawakami

Sumie Kawakami's engaging interviews and in-depth reporting take us into a world where fortune tellers serve as counselors, where a female executive who turns tricks by night is seen as a heroine and where the hot blood of newlyweds quickly grows cold.

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morita_store.jpg Curing Japan's America Addiction
Minoru Morita

One of the most oft-quoted political pundits in Japan, Morita predicts the downfall of the LDP in this blistering critique of US-Japan ties during the Koizumi-Bush era. He urges Japan to say "No!" to its unhealthy relationship with the US in this hard-hitting expose.

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kuhaku_store.jpg Kuhaku and Other Accounts From Japan
edited by Bruce Rutledge

Kuhaku is a love letter, a diary entry, a travelogue, and a late-night rant all rolled into one gorgeous cloth-bound, foil-stamped anthology of essays and art. Features Roland Kelts, kozyndan, Sumie Kawakami and the infamous "canned coffee" reviews.

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