A Book Close to My Heart is Recognized


“Tei, a memoir of the end of war and beginning of peace” wins 2024 American Legacy Book Award

This Japanese memoir was written by Tei Fujiwara in 1945 after she and her three young children survive a brutal journey home through China, North Korea and South Korea. One of Tei’s children, Masahiko Fujiwara, became a family friend and through that connection, I translated and published her memoir for the English-speaking audience.

Tei’s story is a rare first-hand account of a female refugee. Her story of a mother and children struggling to survive in a world of conflict is unfortunately all too relevant today. As my friend, Ansley Clark noted, “Tei’s story is impossible to forget, a bone-achingly sharp and beautiful reminder of my privilege.”

“Tei, a memoir of the end of war and beginning of peace”, Finalist in Multicultural Nonfiction.


Penguin Random House, Wiley, Hachette Books, McGraw-Hill, Routledge,
Rowman & Littlefield, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins
and hundreds of national and international Independent Houses
contribute to this year’s Outstanding Competition!

LOS ANGELES, APRIL 2024 – American Book Fest announced the winners and finalists of 2024 AMERICAN LEGACY BOOK AWARDS. Over 500 winners and finalists were announced in over 100 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2010-2023.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest, said this year’s contest yielded thousands of entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.

Full results for the 2024 American Legacy Book Awards can be found at:

American Book Fest covers books from all sections of the publishing industry—mainstream, independent, & self-published. A 20-year timeline and award archives can be found at https://americanbookfest.com/aboutuscontactus.html

American Book Fest sponsors four separate award programs throughout the year. Each program has its own judging panel and announcement timeline. Many authors and publishers enter one or more contests, depending on their publication and marketing timeline. The 2024/2025 Submission Schedule can be found at: https://americanlegacyawards.com/bookawardplanner.html

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American Book Fest is proud to announce the 2024 American Legacy Book Awards Award-Winning Laureates: (Full Results are available here)

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