Alexander O. Smith

Alexander O. SmithProfile: Alexander O. Smith has been translating video games and novels from Japanese to English since graduating from Harvard University with an MA in Classical Japanese Literature in 1998. He is the founder of Kajiya Productions Inc., co-founder of Bento Books Inc., and based in Kamakura. His translation of YA fantasy novel Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe earned the prestigious Mildred L. Batchelder Award for translated children’s literature in 2008. At the time, only two books from Japan had earned the award in its 40-year history. Smith has translated more than 20 other novels, including Harmony by Project Itoh, recipient of the Phillip K. Dick Award special citation in 2010 for science fiction, and The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino, a nominee for Best Novel in the 2012 Edgar Awards for mystery—only the second book from Japan to be so distinguished. Smith has also localized numerous video games including Final Fantasy XII, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and most recently, Tactics Ogre: PSP. He is currently working as lead writer on an as-yet unannounced game project. Smith translated a parable in verse by Yuichi Kimura for Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction—An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories.

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Publications for Children and Teens:

Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction—An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories

Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction—An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories
Editor: Holly Thompson
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Date: March 6, 2012
ISBN-10: 1611720060
ISBN-13: 978-1611720068

TheBookOfHeroes_Cover

The Book of Heroes
Writer: Miyuki Miyabe
Translator: Alexander O. Smith
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Date: January 19, 2010
ISBN-10: 1421527758
ISBN-13: 978-1421527758

Cowa!

Cowa! (Shonen Jump Manga)
Writer and illustrator: Akira Toriyama
Translator: Alexander O. Smith
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Date: July 8, 2008
ISBN-10: 1421518058
ISBN-13: 978-1421518053

Brave Story with Batchelder medal

Brave Story
Writer: Miyuki Miyabe
Translator: Alexander O. Smith
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Date: August 14, 2007
ISBN-10: 1421511967
ISBN-13: 978-1421511962

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