Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA, 2010

TODD SHIMODA has published four novels that deal with Japan and Japanese themes: Subduction (Chin Music Press), Oh! A Mystery of ‘Mono no Aware’ (Chin Music Press), The Fourth Treasure (Nan Talese/Doubleday), and 365 Views of Mt. Fuji (Stone Bridge Press). The books have been translated into six languages and are beautifully designed with art from his wife, Linda. He has also published short stories, essays, book reviews, and academic and technical publications. He blogs about writing at shimodaworks.com. His book reviews are at the Asian Review of Books.

Born and raised in Colorado, he has also lived in California, Nevada, Texas and Japan. His undergraduate degree was in civil engineering and his masters in technical communication, both from Colorado State University. His doctorate in science and mathematics education was from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a professor at Colorado State and a visiting researcher at Cal. When not writing, he researches artificial intelligence applications in health communication and education, and also programs websites and web-based software.

He believes in the saying, “Everyone should climb Mount Fuji once; only a fool would climb it twice.”

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