By Gabrielle Zevin. Story set in a quirky independent bookshop about the power of books and reading to transform lives. Read by Madeleine Potter and Hari Dhillon

Beyond that, we are at a moment in time where we are grappling with issues of print v. digital, shopping locally v. online, and in the face of this, I wanted to write a—I hope entertaining—book that talked about why bookstores matter.

When I was a child, I loved orphan stories and especially books where free-spirited young women became writers or storytellers. I think of L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, or Louis May Alcott’s Little Women. I still think of a particular moment in A Little Princess: when Sara Crewe has been stripped of her money and status, she calls upon the power of storytelling to transform her situation. I believe the stories we tell about ourselves have the power to shape our lives, and this is definitely a theme in The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry, too.

By Gabrielle Zevin. Story set in a quirky independent bookshop about the power of books and reading to transform lives. Read by Madeleine Potter and Hari Dhillon

Beyond that, we are at a moment in time where we are grappling with issues of print v. digital, shopping locally v. online, and in the face of this, I wanted to write a—I hope entertaining—book that talked about why bookstores matter.

When I was a child, I loved orphan stories and especially books where free-spirited young women became writers or storytellers. I think of L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, or Louis May Alcott’s Little Women. I still think of a particular moment in A Little Princess: when Sara Crewe has been stripped of her money and status, she calls upon the power of storytelling to transform her situation. I believe the stories we tell about ourselves have the power to shape our lives, and this is definitely a theme in The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry, too.

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Throughout the project from its inception, the original drafts of the translations have been prepared by the Head Translator, Dennis Hirota, and then reviewed in weekly meetings with a committee of translators. This committee, which has also contributed to the introductions and other appended materials, at present includes Professors Hisao Inagaki, Michio Tokunaga, and Ryushin Uryuzu. In the past, Professors Taitetsu Unno and Fumimaro Watanabe (deceased) also served on this committee and contributed in particular to deliberations regarding translations of technical terms.

Invaluable assistance in the process of publication has been provided by Kimiko Hirota (editorial assistance and proofreading), Masako Sugimoto (proofreading and indexing), Yoshiharu Wake (list of terms), and W.S. Yokoyama (copy editing, book design, and cover).

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