Patrons  Staff 

  • Search Catalog

76 Public Libraries in NJ's Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic Counties


Mouse over any of the options above to learn more.

Mouse over any of the options above to learn more.

Join the Conversation

News from the BCCLS office

BCCLS Adults
Everything relevant to adult services

BCCLS Events
Learn about events in BCCLS libraries

Discuss collection development

Everything relevant to youth services

cHQ Chat
Discuss collectionHQ tips, tricks, etc.

Circ Desks
Everything relevant to circulation

Find a home for giveaway items.

Job Share
Job opportunities to share with the public.

Polaris Share
Discuss Polaris tips, tricks, etc.

Share your questions with BCCLS

Technical Services
Discuss SkyRiver submissions, linking, processing, etc.

Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

Previous Authors

May 2015

Janice Nimura

Photo © Lucy Schaeffer.


Janice Nimura


    janice.p.nimura @

Web Sites:


Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

As librarians, we value good research knowing it’s an important piece of what we do every day.

This month’s Invite an Author has garnered rave reviews from the professional journals for her research and writing the likes of which any author would be over the moon to receive.

Her book, Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, is a work of non-fiction telling the compelling story of five young girls who in 1871 were sent by the Japanese government to the United States to learn Western ways and return to help nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan.

It is my great pleasure to present Janice P. Nimura as BCCLS Invite an Author for May 2015.

Born and raised in New York City, Janice P. Nimura graduated from Yale and received a master’s degree in East Asian studies from Columbia. During a three-year sojourn in Tokyo, she worked as an editor and journalist, studied Japanese, and became comfortable in her new role as the foreign daughter-in-law of a Japanese family. She is a book critic and essayist, contributing to publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Newsday. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

Take a look at these reviews for Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back...they are fabulous!!!

"Through her fascinating tapestry of history and biography, New York scholar Nimura weaves the strange, vibrant tale of an insular nation coming to terms with currents of modernism …. an extraordinary, elegantly told story."

Kirkus Reviews, ***Starred Review***

"Through the sensitive weaving of correspondence and archival papers, Nimura produces a story of real-life heroines in this masterful biography….a testimonial to their collective strength and determination."

Publishers Weekly

"Nimura brings the girls and their late nineteenth-century exploits to life in a narrative that feels like an international variation on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, so very appealing and delightful are their historic stories."

Booklist, ***Starred Review***

"Exquisite….a captivating read for biography lovers, readers interested in America’s Gilded Age or late Meiji Japan, and fans of Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha."

Library Journal, ***Starred Review***

What a fascinating presentation Ms. Nimura could offer your libraries! Please contact her directly at janice.p.nimura @ to discuss the possibility of a library visit. She’ll get starred reviews from your patrons.

Warmest regards,