May 6

cristyburneCristy Burne (Hyogo-ken, Kawanishi-shi, 1998-2000), author of the children’s book Takeshita Demons, recently won the first Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Book Bward, an award that aims to celebrate cultural diversity in children’s literature.

Takeshita Demons, set to be published next year, is based on the adventures of a Japanese schoolgirl named Miku.  Cristy says, “After spending two years as an ALT and a third working in a Japanese company, you can guess that much of my inspiration comes from the JET experience.”

For more information on Cristy, the award and her work, check out her blog ( or contact her directly.

Go to the award website to see more photos from the awards ceremony held this past Thursday in London.

2 comments so far...

  • - Profile: JET alum author Cristy Burne interviews JET alum author Suzanne Kamata Said on May 21st, 2009 at 9:30 am:

    […] Cristy Burne (Hyogo-ken, Kawanishi-shi, 1998-2000), author of the soon-to-be-released children’s book Takeshita Demons, has a really nice interview on her blog with Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90), who lives in Japan and is the editor of LiteraryMama as well as the author of books such as Losing Kei and Call Me Okaasan:  Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (which recently won several prizes in the 2009 Indie Book Awards including the Grand Prize for non-fiction overall). […]

  • “Multicultural books” article racks up 100+ comments « Takeshita Demons: Cristy Burne Said on June 5th, 2009 at 6:12 am:

    […] Takeshita Demons coverage included this post on Carousel News, a post on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Professional and Freelance Community blog (,  a post by YA writer Rhiannon Lassiter,  and a mention in children’s book […]

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