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Promotion targeting Japanese culture and gender studies focused websites, bloggers, social media groups and online forumsGalleys/e-galleys national media outlets, trade publications, and audience-focused websites and reviewers. (AV Club, Book Forum, Booklist, BookPage, Buzzfeed Books, Choice Book Reviews, Electric Literature, Entropy, Foreword, Full Stop, Huffington Post, i09. Jacket2, Journal of Japanese Studies, LA Times, Lambda Literary, Lithub, Midwest Book Review, Portland Book Review, Publishers Weekly, Rain Taxi, San Francisco Book Review, Shelf Awareness, Story Circle Book Reviews, The Guardian, The Japan Times, The LA Review of Books, The Mary Sue, The New York Journal of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, World Literature Today, Kyoto Journal, AJE, Japan Realm, Metropolis News, Japan Culture NYC, Haikugirl's Japan, Tofugu)Digital review copies on EdelweissSample pages hosted on Stone Bridge Press website ( feature articles in Japan focused outlets like The Japan TimesPursue endorsements from well known people in the feminist and gender rights world such as Jiz Lee ( academic outreach to students and scholars in Japanese and Asian Studies departmentsPromotion at Association of Asian Studies, ALAGiveaways with Goodreads and Japanese culture and gender studies focused websites (100 copies)Newsletter advertising with Japanese culture and gender studies focused websitesSocial media marketing with excerpts from the book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit and target audience focused forums

About the Author

Author Kittredge Cherry studied in Japan on a Rotary International Journalism scholarship at Kobe College and International Christian University in Tokyo. She has written about Japan for such publications as Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal. Her popular "Cool Words" column was a regular feature at the Asahi Weekly from 2006-09. A native of Iowa, Cherry has degrees in journalism and art history from the University of Iowa, and a master of divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Kitt's specialties include women's issues, language, culture, and communication.The New York Times Book Review praised her "very graceful, erudite" writing style and her poetry has won several awards. Her books have been translated into Chinese, German, Japanese, and Polish.


"Cherry's short, meticulously researched pieces are filled with lively descriptions and illuminating historical tales about words relating to women, illustrating how womanhood, femininity and the role of women are perceived in Japanese society. Womansword remains a rich treasure trove of words and reflections on aspects of Japanese womanhood that you won't find anywhere else."--The Japan Times "Wonderfully written and charming throughout... Womansword illuminates Japanese cultural norms and values through an examination of a great number of well-known and not-so-well-known expressions. It is a lot of fun for language learners and very insightful into the culture."--Kyoto Journal "Womansword is as intriguing and funny as it is eye-opening and surprising."--The San Francisco Book Review "A delightfully insightful read... It remains one of, if not the best, English language resources for learning about the women of Japan through the language they use."--Tofugu "Japanese is, or at least seems to be, an order of magnitude more gender-layered than English and Womansword is an attempt to pick these meanings apart; it does so with clarity and good humour."--Asian Review of Books "A fascinating read and a striking reminder of how language can reflect the general mindset and culture of society."--JQ Magazine "After three decades, Womansword still cuts to the core of gender dynamics in Japanese society. With a new Introduction giving us updates on various topics and a plethora of recent words, this book remains one of the most accessible and intriguing guides to the status of women in Japanese society."--Ayako Kano, University of Pennsylvania, author of Japanese Feminist Debates: A Century of Contention on Sex, Love, and Labor (University of Hawai'i Press, 2016) "Kitt Cherry has a long, storied career balancing and brokering the values of tradition with the excitement of the modern. Womansword charts, through evolving language, changes that have radically transformed Japanese women -- and Japan -- for decades. From tom-boy fashion ("Prince Lolita") to national discussions of a possible female emperor, Cherry captures the vibrancy of the new Japan. This book is a vital read for feminists, linguists, and everyone interested in how culture changes."--Michael Bronski, Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Harvard University "Informative, deep, and even a bit troubling... Wowmansword is a powerful, powerful book."--Andrew Joseph, It's A Wonderful Rife

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