English professor wins book award

St. Olaf College Assistant Professor of English Jeremy (Sequoia) Nagamatsu was recently named a silver medal winner of the 2016 Foreword Reviews’ Indies Book of the Year Award.

Thousands of books are entered each year, and a panel of over 120 librarians and booksellers take part in the judging, narrowing it down to a group of finalists and winners that represent the best books, published by independent or university presses, in over 60 categories.

Nagamatsu’s award-winning book Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone is a story collection that mixes the monsters and magic of Japanese folklore with the everyday chaos of human relationships.

At St. Olaf Nagamatsu teaches first-year writing and creative writing courses, with a specialty in fiction. He is currently working on a novel based on one of the stories in Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone, which has garnered feature film interest, as well as a second story collection.