Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man: 15 Years at Studio Ghibli Now Available From Stone Bridge Press
An American’s unique behind-the-scenes look at how the animated films of Hayao Miyazaki were introduced to the world.
Source: Stone Bridge Press press release
Special Thanks to Michael Palmer and Peter Goodman
Stone Bridge Press, the Berkeley, California based publisher of books on Asia with a focus on Japan has released Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man: 15 Years at Studio Ghibli, the memoir of former Studio Ghibli Head of International Sales, Steve Alpert.
This highly entertaining business memoir describes what it was like to work for Japan’s premiere animation studio, Studio Ghibli, and its reigning genius Hayao Miyazaki. Steve Alpert, a Japanese-speaking American, was the “resident foreigner” in the offices of Ghibli and its parent Tokuma Shoten and played a central role when Miyazaki’s films were starting to take off in international markets. Alpert describes hauling heavy film canisters of PRINCESS MONONOKE to Russia and California, experiencing a screaming Harvey Weinstein, dealing with Disney marketers, and then triumphantly attending glittering galas celebrating the Oscar-winning SPIRITED AWAY.
His one-of-a-kind portraits of Miyazaki and long-time producer Toshio Suzuki, and of sly, gruff, and brilliant businessman Yasuyoshi Tokuma, capture the hard work and artistry that have made Ghibli films synonymous with cinematic excellence. And as the lone gaijin in a demanding company run by some of the most famous and influential people in modern Japan, Steve Alpert tackles his own challenges of language and culture. No one else could have written this book.
Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man: 15 Years at Studio Ghibli is now available from Stone Bridge Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retailers.
About the Author
Steve Alpert speaks Japanese and Chinese fluently, having lived in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Taipei for a combined total of over thirty-five years. For fifteen years beginning in 1996, he was a senior executive at Studio Ghibli. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Publish Date: 6/16/20
Print ISBN: 9781611720570
Dimensions: 5.5″ x 8.5″
SRP: $19.95/ $25.99 CAN
About Stone Bridge Press
Stone Bridge Press was established in Berkeley, California, in 1989. We now have some 150 titles in print, covering such Japan-related areas as language, business, literature, manga, design, and culture. For more information, visit stonebridge.com.