Author Archives: Michael Cannings

Celebrating Three Years of Camphor Press with New Classics

It’s our third birthday today, and we’d like to thank all of you for supporting Camphor Press since we launched – we couldn’t have done it without you. As a special treat to celebrate, we’re releasing five classic books connected to East Asia, and they’re only $1.99 each. We’re confident that these are the best […]

Hear Jonathan Benda on A Pail of Oysters

Our latest release, A Pail of Oysters, is a glimpse into the heart of the foundational events of modern Taiwanese history – the 228 massacre and the White Terror that followed. Vern Sneider’s novel was praised on its release in 1953 but then banned by the Taiwanese government for decades. Dr Jonathan Benda, who has studied […]

Barry Martinson interview about his time on Orchid Island

In the early 1970s Barry Martinson spent a year living on Orchid Island as a young seminarian. His book, Song of Orchid Island, recently rereleased as an e-book through Camphor Press, is a tender and fascinating account of the people and culture of the Tao tribe who live there. Keith Menconi of ICRT (Taiwan’s English-language radio […]

Welcome Home, Master author J.D. Adams interviewed

J.D. Adams, author of the wonderful memoir Welcome Home, Master, was interviewed recently on ICRT, Taiwan’s English language radio station. Keith Menconi discussed the gamut of Adams’ experience as a Taiwan-based journalist, reporting on the Moro insurgency in the southern Philippines and interviewing both the current and previous presidents of Taiwan, alongside more frivolous stories […]

ICRT Interview with Co-founder Michael Cannings

It was a real pleasure to appear on Keith Menconi’s Taiwan Talk show on ICRT, Taiwan’s community radio. The interview, which was broadcast in two parts on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th August, is now available as a podcast. You can listen online to the whole interview (just click play below).   Alternatively, you can […]

Owen Rutter's Through Formosa released today

We’re very happy to be able to publish a new and improved version of Through Formosa, a fascinating look at Taiwan during the Japanese era. Besides a beautifully formatted edition of the original book, there is also an excellent introduction bringing the time and place to life, and copious notes for the modern reader explaining […]