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Past events:
October 25–Riverdale Country School, NY
June 22–Dallas Woman’s Club
June 19–Showa Boston
May 5–Literary Society of Camelback, Phoenix
May 4–Literary Society of Tucson
May 3–Literary Society of Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale
May 2–Literary Society of the Valley, Phoenix
March 7–College Club of Ridgewood, NJ
January 12–Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville
July 25 & 26–The Mount, Lenox, MA
July 13–Retired Men’s Association, Greenwich, CT
June 29–Madison Beach Club, CT
June 9–Brandeis Gotham Chapter, NY
May 31–Book Culture, NY
May 24–National Arts Club, NY
May 23–Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, NJ
May 19–University Club of New York
May 17–Bryn Mawr Club of New York
May 16–Cosmopolitan Club of New York
April 27–Yale Club of New York
April 14–Prologue Society, Coral Gables, FL
April 13–Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
April 4–Princeton Club of New York
March 22–Tokyo American Club
March 1–Northwest CT Community College, Winsted
February 20–Careers, Life, and Yale
February 3–Convent of the Sacred Heart, NYC
January 26–Bryn Mawr College
January 13–Japanese Art Society of America, NYC
January 9–Cornwall Library, Cornwall, CT
November 30–Queens Library, Flushing, NY
November 21–Noah Webster Library, Hartford, CT
November 18–The Brearley School, NYC
November 17–Harvard Club of New York
November 10–The Hewitt School, NYC
November 6–Logan Center for the Arts, U. of Chicago
November 5–The Browning School, NYC
November 1–Japan Society of Fairfield County, CT
October 26–Nichibei Fujinkai, NYC
October 15–New York Society Library, NYC
October 9–Colebrook Historical Society, Colebrook, CT
October 3–Louis Bay 2nd Library, Hawthorne, NJ
September 25–Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
August 25–Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA
August 15–Colebrook Book Barn at Whiting Mills, Winsted, CT
August 8–Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
July 21–Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT
July 16–Norfolk Country Club, Norfolk, CT
June 23–Barnes & Noble, North Haven, CT
June 14–BooksNJ 2015, Paramus, NJ
June 9–Literary Arts, Portland, OR
June 6–Bay Area Book Festival, Berkeley, CA
May 24–Norfolk Library, Norfolk, CT
May 19–Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
May 15–Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island, WA
May 14–Seattle Asian Art Museum/Elliott Bay Books
May 13–Green Apple Books on the Park, San Francisco, CA
May 12–Vroman’s Books, Pasadena, CA
May 11–Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
May 4–Corner Bookstore, NYC
April 30–Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
April 18–Susan B. Anthony Project, Harwinton, CT
April 16–Yale University Library
April 7–Vassar College


July 1, 2019
Still talking: new interview on the Japan Station podcast.

January 25, 2019
Who wants to work on the next book when it’s so much easier to talk about the last one? Honored to be included in the Meiji at 150 Podcast via the University of British Columbia.

August 16, 2018
My review of Tracy Franz’s My Year of Dirt and Water, in this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review.

December 2, 2017
A new essay, “Falling in Love with a Second Story,” in this week’s Publishers Weekly.

October 25, 2017
Great morning at Riverdale Country School, who were nice enough to livestream my talk.

August 11, 2017
I wrote a roundup of newly translated Japanese fiction for the New York Times Book Review.

August 2, 2017
Thrilled to be the recipient of a 2017 Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for my work in progress, Sister Doctors, a biography of Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell.

February 18, 2017
A late-breaking review from The Japan News: “What a treasure is Daughters of the Samurai.”
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January 6, 2017
New year, new project! “Meet the Blackwells,” a brief look at what I’ll be working on for the next stretch.

October 1, 2016
A new essay, “Citizen of the Twitterverse,” up on Medium.

July 15, 2016
In case you’ve missed my talk, here’s a great video produced by the Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich, CT, where I spoke this week.

June 1, 2016
Daughters featured on Paperback Row in this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review.

May 27, 2016
A new interview up at the Washington Independent Review of Books.

May 17, 2016
Paperback officially on sale! To celebrate, here’s a new essay on historytelling, at the Literary Hub.

April 15, 2016
My review of Lynne Kutsukake’s debut novel of postwar Japan, The Translation of Love, in the New York Times Book Review.

April 9, 2016
Asian Review of Books: “Superbly evokes 19th and early 20th century Japan, and to a lesser extent the 19th century United States, through the lives of these three remarkable women, who so dramatically influenced the evolution of their homeland.”
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March 30, 2016
Daughters now available in Japanese: Shojo-tachi no Meiji-ishin: futatsu no bunka o ikita 30-nen.

January 28, 2016
Grateful to Booklist for including me in their Top 10 Multicultural Nonfiction list.

January 22, 2016
A new essay in the New York Times Book Review, on serendipity in the stacks.

January 21, 2016
Why aren’t more women writing history? Happy to be included in Bustle’s list of 25 History Books Written by Women, a great response to this recent article in Slate.

January 20, 2016
Foreign sales report: translation rights for Daughters have now sold in Japan, China, and Taiwan.

December 23, 2015
Proud to be part of Bustle’s #BustleReads Challenge 2016.

December 21, 2015
Winter solstice surprise: Daughters on Buzzfeed’s Best Nonfiction of 2015!

December 4, 2015
Ditto Seattle Times Best Books 2015!

November 27, 2015
Thanksgiving indeed: Daughters makes the 2015 New York Times Notable list.

October 6, 2015
New podcast up at WritersCast: listen here.

October 3, 2015
My review of Kenzaburo’s latest novel, Death by Water, in the New York Times Book Review.

September 8, 2015
W.W. Norton announces second printing!

August 21, 2015
Lively interview on WABC Radio’s John Batchelor Show–listen here.

August 12, 2015
Q&A on Deborah Kalb’s amazing blog.

August 9, 2015
Washington Post: “[Nimura’s] descriptions of landscapes are poetic, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a novelist who is as deft at portraying relationships and inner thoughts…She skillfully bridges Japanese and American cultures, using the seemingly small story of three young people to tell a much larger tale of another time.”
read full review

August 6, 2015
Beyond thrilled to be Hanya Yanagihara’s summer reading pick in Conde Nast Traveler!

August 3, 2015
Audiobook out this week from Audible: purchase here.

July 30, 2015
A quick interview on San Francisco’s KALW–listen here.

July 29, 2015
Honored to join a Reader’s Review panel on WAMU’s Diane Rehm Show, discussing Christina Baker Kline’s “Orphan Train”–listen here.

July 27, 2015
New essay up on Medium today, on the importance of letters–read it here.

July 20, 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon’s conversation with Leonard Lopate on WNYC! Listen here.

July 18, 2015
Deseret News: “Engagingly told…a poignant tale of ordinary girls who made history.”
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July 18, 2015
Lovely article and excerpt in the Vassar Quarterly.

July 16, 2015
Fun interview on the new podcast Modern Notion–listen here.

July 9, 2015
Los Angeles Review of Books: “In Daughters of the Samurai, Janice P. Nimura achieves the elusive dream of the historian, producing a work that will engage and satisfy academic and non-specialist audiences alike… Daughters of the Samurai is, perhaps, less a story of Japanese out of place in their country, than of women ahead of their time.”
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June 24, 2015
Amazon makes Daughters of the Samurai one of its “Best Books of the Year So Far” in the category of history!

June 20, 2015
Dallas Morning News: “Daughters of the Samurai reads like a novel about the meeting of East and West and how it transformed the lives of three extraordinary young women.”
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June 17, 2015
Really enjoyed this interview with website Daily Samsara in Singapore.

June 13, 2015
CSPAN BookTV’s coverage of my May 13 event at Vroman’s aired tonight; watch it here.

June 12, 2015
Daughters of the Samurai in Ireland! Talked to Sean Moncrieff of Dublin’s Newstalk Radio this morning.

June 9, 2015
Appeared on Portland’s morning show “AM Northwest” this morning.

June 8, 2015
Return to SF’s KALW: this time for an interview on “Crosscurrents.”

June 7, 2015
Daughters of the Samurai is a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

June 6, 2015
Tickled to be on KALW’S “West Coast Live” this morning in San Francisco.

June 4, 2015
The San Francisco Chronicle makes Daughters of the Samurai a summer pick!

June 3, 2015
Honored to participate in a videoconference hosted by the U.S.-Japan Council with veteran newscaster Fred Katayama. It’s up on YouTube or as a podcast.

May 29, 2015
The New York Times Book Review: “Beautifully written…In Nimura’s deftly interwoven account, the three girls emerge as contrasting types, like Chekhov’s ‘Three Sisters.'”
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May 26, 2015
Now I can say I’ve been on Oprah!

May 23, 2015
The Japan Times ran this interview today: “The ‘Daughters of the Samurai’ Who Changed the Face of Meiji Era Japan”

May 19, 2015
Thrilled with this interview on the Wall Street Journal‘s Speakeasy blog: “‘Daughters of the Samurai’ Sheds Light on a Strange Chapter in U.S.-Japanese History”

May 13, 2015
First radio interview today: “The Joe Show” on KBAI, Bellingham, WA.

May 8, 2015
The Seattle Times: “Nimura has written a superb history… This remarkable and beautifully written story—often as riveting as a page-turning novel—is both scholarly and accessible to non-specialists.”
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May 6, 2015
Wonderful review in the Christian Science Monitor: “Set aside ample time: You won’t welcome intrusions while reading this unprecedented, true story…”
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April 29, 2015
I’ve got an essay on raising bilingual kids–or not–on

April 28, 2015
Daughters of the Samurai is Booklist‘s Review of the Day!

April 27, 2015
Extensive and extremely generous review in the University Bookman: “The real strength of Nimura’s book lies in her ability to zoom and pan with the smoothness of a master historian.”
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April 4, 2015
My review of two novellas by Yasushi Inoue in the April 5 issue of the New York Times Book Review.

April 2, 2015
Win a copy of Daughters of the Samurai on Goodreads! Goodreads is giving away 20 copies: enter by clicking here between now and April 30.

March 19, 2015
The last pre-pub review is in: a star from Booklist! “Nimura brings the girls and their late nineteenth-century exploits to life in a narrative that feels like an international variation on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, so very appealing and delightful are their historic stories.”
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March 15, 2015
A starred review from Library Journal: “Independent scholar Nimura has written an exquisite collective biography… A captivating read for biography lovers, readers interested in America’s Gilded Age or late Meiji Japan, and fans of Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha.”
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March 7, 2015
Just in from Publishers Weekly: “Through the sensitive weaving of correspondence and archival papers, Nimura produces a story of real-life heroines in this masterful biography of three samurai daughters sent to the U.S. after the Civil War.”
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Jan. 4, 2015
A starred review from Kirkus: “An extraordinary, elegantly told story of the beginning of Japan’s education and emancipation of its women.”
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