Breaking through cultural boundaries.

Transoceanic Lights ‘5 Under 35 Award’ Winner

“A strong autobiographical flavor.” – Kirkus

“S. Li is a singular contribution to the immigrant narrative and a necessary new voice to the growing genre of Asian American literature.” —SAMPAN

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Independent Publishers Award Winner

Author Charles Degelman accepted his Independent Publishers Book Award for the Vietnam protest novel Gates of Eden at an award ceremony in New York.

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Planet is Book of the Month

British review ‘The Truth about Books’ voted HSE anthology Voice from the Planet ‘Book of the Month’ calling it a “truly glorious, refreshing and intoxicating” abstract picture of our species.

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Double Award Winning Japan Novel

The eLit Gold medal winner Sazzae also picked up a Living Now Book Award. Reading this Japan novel written as a creative thesis at Harvard is “like opening an expensive box of chocolates.”

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Transoceanic Lights chronicles the hardships of a Chinese family after immigrating to the US. A novel about familial love and discord, the strains of displacement, and the elusive nature of the American Dream.

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Degelman Garners His IPPY Award

(Y)IPPY! Congratulations to Charles Degelman on trekking from LA to New York to pick up his Independent Publisher book award for GATES OF EDEN!



What The Critics Say

Winning the silver medal for historical fiction at the Independent Publisher Book Awards this year, Degelman’s GATES OF EDEN is the story of seven young rebellious Americans involved in the anti-Vietnam war and civil rights movements.
—Uprising Radio, Sonali Kolhatkar
This profound coming of age low keyed fantasy is an engaging thought provoking tale starring a fascinating lead character.
Alternative Worlds, on The Conjurer's Boy
How Clements connects the dots between the two fraught relationships is just one of the rewards of this clever and entertaining book.
—Midwest Review, on All at Once
Japanese myth beautifully percolates into the lives of the three young people.
Harvard Independent, on the twice-award-winning novel Sazzae
A tender and persuasive portrait of Chinese-American immigration in the post-Mao era.
Pleiades Book Review, on Transoceanic Lights
…vivid scenes at a kinky sex club on the outskirts of Greenwich Village with references to the bursting economic bubble and the federal government’s bank bailout.
—Publishers Weekly, on Trading Dreams
An incongruous, gorgeous, eclectic mêlée that will open your eyes and mind to the huge potential amongst international authors – you may reach the end with an appreciation of the staid, stagnant state of Western literature and its devices.
—The Truth about Books, which voted Voice from the Planet 'Book of the Month'
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