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Paul Yamazaki

Paul Yamazaki has been a bookseller since 1970, and has been the principle buyer at City Lights Booksellers for over 30 years. He has served on the board of directors of several literary and community arts organizations, including the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP), Small Press Distribution (SPD) and the Kearney Street Workshop (KSW). Yamazaki was a member of the jury that selected the 21 writers that were included on the Granta Best Young American Writers 2 (2007). He participated in The Translation Market, a world literature and translation summit as a panelist, and was part of a delegation of American booksellers that was invited to attend the Beijing Bookfair. He has also participated at The Oxford Conference of the Book at the University of Mississippi and the Los Angeles Times Festival of the Book. He was also on the jury for the 2014 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. 

Yamazaki has been asked to work with the following organizations: National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, National Association of State Arts Agencies, Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fund, Ford Foundation, Headland Center for the Arts, American Booksellers Association, Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, National Book Foundation, Creative Work Fund and many others. 

He was a founding member of the Asian American Jazz Festival, and was also on the initial advisory board of the San Francisco Jazz Festival.