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Novel Depicts American Working in Tokyo at Manga Firm

posted on 2007-05-17 16:10 EDT
Cathy Yardley, a writer of women's fiction (a genre known in the publishing industry as "chick lit"), has signed a deal with Thomas Dunne Books for Turning Japanese, a novel about a half-Japanese, half-Italian American manga artist who "wins a year-long internship at a Tokyo manga publisher." Yardley herself is an American of Vietnamese and Irish decent who has previously written stories featuring characters of Asian or half-Asian descent. Her profiles and interviews describe her as a manga and anime fan who researched her book in a trip to Japan in 2005. Source: Sharon Cullars' Publisher's Lunch report via MangaBlog

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