Announcing my next book
Hello, Pretty Good Number One backers. I wanted to let you know that I've launched a Kickstarter for my latest book, Our Secret Better Lives.It's a novel about a... Read more
Please back NOT ONE SHRINE, a new book about Tokyo by Becky Selengut and me!
I'll keep this one really quick: My friend, chef/food writer Becky Selengut, and I spent a week in Tokyo and turned it into a 100-page illustrated ebook (with manga-influenced artwork... Read more
A couple of great projects to support
...both related to Asian cities.
First, the great urbanist writer and broadcaster Colin Marshall, who's based in Seoul and LA, is raising money to do a series of reports on... Read more
New writing and gift ideas
Is it sufficiently nondenominational if I wish a Berry Kristmush to everyone?
This is Burger King Japan's actual holiday ad campaign. I know because I was in Tokyo... Read more
Meanwhile, in Japan...
Earlier this month, the Amster-Burton family spent two weeks in Japan.
We spent a day in Osaka, eating kushikatsu (fried stuff on sticks) and takoyaki along the Dotombori canal, and... Read more
The Japanese language edition is here
Pretty Good Number One is now available in Japanese!
The Japanese title is 米国人一家、おいしい東京を食べ尽くす, which translates as “An American Family Eats Up Delicious Tokyo.” The cover is based on this... Read more
Announcing Child Octopus: Edible Adventures in Hong Kong
Hello, Pretty Good Number One readers! I’m pleased to announce a new mini-ebook, Child Octopus: Edible Adventures in Hong Kong, and I wanted you to hear about it first.... Read more
Pretty Good Number One in Japanese, and one more thing...
『Pretty Good Number One』の和訳が決定！
Pretty Good Number One is coming to a Japanese-language bookstore near you!
I heard last night from my agent, Megumi Sakai of Japanese Uni Agency, that... Read more
Great seeing you on book tour; upcoming events and more
I'm back from book tour. A few stats:
- Flights: 4
- Trains: 2
- Bowls of ramen eaten: 5
- Slices of pizza: 5
- Takoyaki: 6
- Awesome people met: lost count
In case... Read more
Book tour approaches
Hello, backers. A few quick items.
Book tour is coming soon
Want a sneak preview of what you'll get when you come see me this month? Seattle's Jungle City posted... Read more
Let's try that again: Pretty Good Number One paperback
Phew! So, to review: the paperback was available yesterday morning, then it went out of print, and now it's back. Why did this happen? I pressed the wrong button. Should... Read more
Paperback now available
They said it couldn't be done...okay, actually I said I was too stubborn to do it. But it's here: Pretty Good Number Onein paperback. Yours today for $13... Read more
Hey, readers! Sorry to bother you again so soon.
First, here's a short article by me from the Seattle Weekly:
Japan Vacation Pro Details How to Have a Tokyo Day... Read more
More great press, and typos fixed
Hello again, readers. A few bits of news.
- Andrea Nguyen, author of Asian Tofu and other great books, ran an interview with me on her blog and is giving away copies... Read more
We're #1 (in Japanese travel)
Hello, readers. Lots of good news.
The book has been out for six days, and it’s spent most of that time at #1 in the Japanese travel category on Amazon’s... Read more
Pretty, pretty good
Hello, sharp-dressed readers!
You haven’t heard from me in a couple of weeks. Well, I have plenty to report.
I’ve spent most of every day since the last... Read more
Book tour, book cover, and press
Have I got news for you. First of all, backers got to see the book cover last week; here it is for everyone as part of a very nice piece... Read more
You did it!
Thank you so much, everyone, for funding my book in only four days! One of the most amazing aspects of the process so far is the way several different groups... Read more
This book is off to an incredible start. As of this writing, 104 of you have backed the project, and we're just shy of 60% of the way to the... Read more