Abigail Friedman has been named a finalist for the Kiriyama Prize, in the nonfiction category, for her book The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan. This moving tale about the author's transformative experiences with the everyday people in a Japanese haiku group was a June 2006 Book Sense Pick, and has received wide praise.
Abigail Friedman joined the Foreign Service in 1988 and served her country in DC, Paris, Tokyo, the Azores and most recently as Consul General in Quebec City. She is a member of the Haiku Society of America and Haiku Canada, a founding member of the bilingual Quebec Haiku Group in Quebec City, and a blogger via The Stone Lantern.
The Kiriyama Prize is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding books that promote greater understanding of and among the nations of the Pacific Rim and of South Asia. Authors from anywhere in the world are eligible. Eligible books will be written in English or translated into English from any other language, and must be published in the US or Canada. The fiction and nonfiction winners will be announced on March 27th.
Pacific Rim Voices, sponsor of the Kiriyama Prize, continues to develop a family of projects celebrating literature from and about the Pacific Rim and South Asia. It sponsors WaterBridgeReview.org, a website featuring reviews of many of the books that are entered for the Prize together with author interviews and other resources. Recognizing the importance of instilling in young people an appreciation and respect for other cultures, the organization also sponsors PaperTigers.org, a website offering a lively, colorful presentation of books for young readers.