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Remember the One Hundred People, One Poem Each? Well, *deep breath* -- I've finally done what I've been noodling with for a year now, and self-published a new edition.

Here's the blurb and front cover:

"Around 1235, Japanese poet and scholar Fujiwara no Teika compiled for his son’s father-in-law a collection of one hundred poems by one hundred poets. Within its chronological summary of six centuries of Japanese literature, Teika arranged a poetic conversation that ebbs and flows through a variety of subjects and styles. The collection became the exemplar of the genre—a mini-manual of classical poetry, taught in the standard school curriculum and used in a memory card game still played during New Years.

One Hundred People, One Poem Each contains the best that classical Japanese poetry has to offer—here presented in a new verse translation."

(Cover image is a painting by Katsushika Hokusai, as he's usually known now, of Mt. Fuji with a smoke dragon.)

The book text isn't quite the same as the post linked above -- for one thing, I've corrected several translations where I realized I'd misconstrued something,* and the commentaries have been smoothed out with a power sander. For another, the paper edition is attractively laid out** and comes with an index. The ePub/Nook edition is all that (with adjustments for the medium), minus the index but with the added bonus of working hyperlinks. The Mobi/Kindle edition ditto, except it doesn't have the kanji texts or quite as attractive a layout due to formatting limitations.

Or, if you prefer, you can read the draft post linked above, which will remain up permanently -- and which, after all, is still the same for at least 80% of the poems.

A book preview is here (click Preview under the cover image ETA: fixed to now preview the whole book). The paper edition can be purchased in the same place,*** the ePub edition for Nooks and most other readers can be ordered through B&N, and the mobi edition for Kindles through Amazon. (I'm working on Google Books and eventually other outlets, but those aren't in place yet.)

Also, I'll have a handful of paper editions with me at WFC, so I suppose I count as another sales outlet.

I'm going to avoid going all promo all the time, but I will post an update on further availabilities (and edit this post).

* Interestingly, not always a verb. Even more interesting, the most messed-up translations were also the most awkward in English, and fixing the meaning always made the poetry better.

** Complete with Decorative KanjiTM (装飾的な漢字).

*** The paper edition is currently only through Lulu because the price-break for making it available to other distributors (such as Amazon) makes the cover price ridiculously high for such a slim volume. If you live in a country Lulu either doesn't ship to or charges Way Too Much to ship to, contact me directly and we'll work something out.



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Oct. 24th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
What I've coveted for years is an English version of that memory game. I was with some friends when they played it just once and I've wanted to try a version out ever since.
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
Is this Hanafuda? I've been interested in the game as well since it featured in the movie Summer Wars. Found a lovely flash version, but couldn't get the hang of it. I didn't know it was linked to the poem anthology. Neat!

Ever thought of doing your own version of the cards and a set of English rules to go with the poems, Larry?
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Oct. 24th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
It looks beautiful!
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
Thankee. It was fun to design.

Oct. 24th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
With Kermit arms!
Oct. 24th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
It is indeed.

And scary.

But mostly cool.

(For now.)

Oct. 24th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
Very nice!
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)

Oct. 24th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That looks really nice, and also tempting.
Oct. 24th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)

*tempt* *tempt*

Oct. 24th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
I ordered the paper edition as it will make a great Christmas present for my friend who has just moved back from Japan.
Oct. 24th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Oh cool. Thanks!

Oct. 24th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! I'd like to purchase a copy at WFC...
Oct. 25th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Find me (I look a lot like the photo in the icon) -- I'll have an even handful with me.


Edited at 2011-10-25 12:11 am (UTC)
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Oct. 25th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
Hooray! Looks great too! --Matt
Oct. 25th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thankee. I'm pretty pleased with the design.

Oct. 26th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
My first book, which is mine, except those parts that are not

Oct. 26th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)

Oct. 26th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
That looks gorgeous.
Oct. 27th, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)
Thankee. It's hard to go wrong with a good scroll painting.

Oct. 28th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
I want this
Larry, please find me today - I want to buy this! Hope to be in Pacific 1 at 12 to 12:15 before leaving for lunch with Janni and other YA writers. Might be in dealers room before that. Lissa Price
Oct. 28th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
Re: I want this
I'm in the registration lobby right. If we don't meet up, I should be with Janni when she leaves with you.

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... a place for posting bits of fluff caught in my filters. Warning: I list "very bad poetry" among my interests.

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