Writers in Kyoto recently published on their website an author’s note that I wrote with the intention of placing it at the end of my current novel. On the WiK Facebook page, the Japanologist and author of such important books as Lost Japan was kind enough to comment on my piece: “Thank you for this excellent introduction to Kyoka, my favorite Japanese writer of the 20th century.” As someone who greatly admires Kerr and his work, I couldn’t have been happier to see that.

The author’s note concerns Kanazawa’s most famous writer, Izumi Kyoka (1873-1939), and the ways in which my novel interacts with the life he led in Kanazawa as a youth and also with some of the fictional works he set in the city. Not every reader will recognize the scenes of intertextuality that I’ve developed, but for those who do, hopefully they’ll experience a deeper reading of my work. The piece I wrote for WiK is only a draft, but it shows my intentions for this novel and explains how important Kyoka and the city of Kanazawa have become for me. It’s at the link below, for anyone who might be interested.

http://www.writersinkyoto.com/2019/08/on-izumi-kyoka-david-joiner/

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I'm pleased to announce that an excerpt from my latest novel, which is set in Kanazawa, Japan, has been included in ECHOES: Writers in Kyoto Anthology 2017. The book jacket's description says:

"This anthology collects writings by established and new writers associated with Kyoto. The contents range widely from fiction to non-fiction: an extract from a novel, a short story, and a fantasy; articles on child-rearing, ceramics, the tokonoma, and the spirit of rocks; contemporary free verse, poetry with a Taoist flavor, and new translations of Basho. Also included are three winning entries from the Writers in Kyoto Competition, and two longer pieces about that giant of Japanology, Lafcadio Hearn, who continues to cast a shadow more than a hundred years after his death. Rounding out the anthology is an essay by Alex Kerr, leading commentator on present-day Japan, together with photographs by award-winning designer, John Einarsen."

The anthology can be purchased here.

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For anyone interested in having a sneak peek at my work-in-progress, which is a novel set in contemporary Kanazawa, Japan, please see the following website, which was kind enough to publish it this month.

http://www.writersinkyoto.com/…/07/novel-extract-david-joi…/

As the introduction to the extract says:

“Attached is the beginning of an untitled novel set in Kanazawa, which I’m hoping will be about an expatriate’s attempt to untangle himself from modern life in Japan and instead dedicate himself fully to a more traditional existence, putting him in conflict with his Japanese wife and others whom he’s close to.

“It needs a lot of work still. And it may not end up being my final choice of an opening for the novel – or may not appear at all in the book once it’s finished (if it ever is). But this is what I have now, along with a few other finished and unfinished chapters I’m playing around with.”

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I'm grateful for the review of Lotusland and the interview with me in the July 2016 issue of Oi Vietnam. Coverage is on pages 47-49 in the PDF link that follows. Many thanks, too, to Lorcan Lovett for the time he devoted to reading and writing about my novel. I'll also provide a URL to the actual link once the magazine has uploaded it and made it clickable. For now the PDF can be found here: https://issuu.com/oivietnam/docs/oi_july_2016.compressed

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I've decided to jump, toe-to-ankle first into the world of self-publishing for a book whose back cover describes it thus:

"During an 18-month stay in Vietnam, author David Joiner and his girlfriend become sidetracked by an orphaned kitten suffering from a broken leg and living by a bridge where dog- and cat-thieves roam. After rescuing the kitten and arranging for it to be sheltered, however, they grow increasingly attached to it and take it into their home, only for its real battle for survival to begin. But this isn't the only cat in need of their help. In STRAY CAT CITY Joiner movingly and humorously chronicles their attempts to help various street cats before it's time for them to leave the country."

20% of sales on the book will be donated to Animal Rescue and Care (ARC), which helps unprotected animals in Saigon, Vietnam. The book is thus in part an attempt to bring more funds to the good work this organization does. Since I've priced the Kindle version at $2.99, and the paperback at $7.99, I'm hoping readers will find the cost of the book reasonable, and also appreciate the fact that buying the book helps support an excellent cause.

The Kindle version of Stray Cat City can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Stray-Cat-City-David-Joiner-ebook/dp/B01H18BMOQ

The paperback version is at https://www.amazon.com/Stray-Cat-City-David-Joiner/dp/0997715510

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The literary group Writers in Kyoto hosted me for a talk at Gael Irish Pub last month, and unfortunately I'm only now getting around to posting about it here. It was a great trip, as I got to meet some really nice people at the event, and it was made even better by the fact that I ended up spending over an hour at the new Maruzen bookstore, where I loaded up on a dozen new books. The photo at the top of the post is of me answering questions following my presentation, which focused on post-publication and the lessons I learned about marketing my book.

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