3/11 was four years ago, and the publication of the charity anthology “Tomo” was three years ago. I was honored to be a part of it; here’s the email I received today from Holly Thompson, editor of the anthology and Co-ordinator of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Japan branch.
Hello Tomo Contributors,
I hope you are all well and in good health on this fourth anniversary of 3/11. As you all know there is still much struggle and hardship in Tohoku, and Tomo has continued to support teens in a small but important way through the NPO Hope for Tomorrow Japan.
Peter Goodman, Stone Bridge Press publisher of Tomo, has informed me that the print run of the trade paperback edition of Tomo has nearly sold out, and that when the final remaining copies are sold, no new print copies will be available. The ebook/Kindle version will continue to be available, however.
Perhaps you will consider taking this occasion on this fourth anniversary to speak up about the Tomo anthology, about the extensive readers’ guide on the blog, and about the store of incredible interviews (http://tomoanthology.blogspot.com)–thank you all!
It is my hope that Tomo will continue to enable people to keep in mind all those who have suffered hardship and unspeakable losses in Tohoku during and following 3/11. It is also my sincere hope that Tomo may also continue to serve as a reminder of the the many ways, small and large, that we, as writers, illustrators and translators, can, through words and story, help support communities in times of disaster.
Wishing you all the best,
Editor, Tomo Anthology
Here’s a link to the Tomo page …
Here’s a link to an excerpt from “Staring at the Haiku”, my contribution to the anthology!