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Umijoo just won the Nautilus Awards gold medal!

We are beyond excited! Umijoo won the 2019 Gold Medal for mid-grade fiction from the highly respected Nautilus Book Awards. This is a huge win, and will help us tremendously in promoting our message of ocean conservation! The Nautilus Book Awards are some of the most...

Umijoo book design honored with an IPPY award!

The Independent Publisher Book Awards (the IPPYs) have recognized the incredible work of our designer, Mike "Sully" Sullivan of Three Speed Creative, by awarding Umijoo the Bronze Medal in their design category! This is a real honor for Sully and for the rest of the...

Umijoo Tour Calendar: June 2019

Hi everyone! Here's the current tour calendar for Umijoo events in June. I'll be updating this post in real time with any changes or updates! June 15: Bandon, OR -- Umijoo reading at the Washed Ashore Gallery The Washed Ashore Gallery is a wonderful interactive...

June 16th in Brookings, OR: Umijoo at Pacific Sushi

For those of you living in Southern Oregon, Umijoo is coming to your area! Pacific Sushi in Brookings, OR, has been quietly championing the cause of sustainability for years. Ever since the restaurant opened, owner Mike Horgan has been working diligently to find new...

May 23, New York City: Umijoo at Mayanoki

One lesson I learned from the early days of the sustainable sushi movement was the difficulty of reaching an audience with words alone, especially if the subject matter was troubling. We are so bombarded with depressing information these days that we have developed a...

The Making of Umijoo

Umijoo was a massive project. From conception to final production, the book took six years to create. After being inspired by a conversation that I had with a dear friend, I spent two years writing and re-writing the story before approaching Caia to illustrate the...

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