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The Kickstarter for Nothing But An Island, my upcoming photobook on the first Japanese person in America, has been 126% funded! Thank you to all the backers, and look for the book to go to press in late June 2015.

Waiting for Cherry Blossoms, a compilation of my short fiction on living in Japan, is out!

I'm Ger Tysk. I'm an author, photographer, and artist.
I create books about how people and art can transcend boundaries.

I write both fiction and non-fiction.
My writing spans a wide variety of topics, but usually centers around one of two themes:

19th century American history, particularly having to do with the Yankee pelagic whaling industry up until 1924, and whaling's impact on the cultures of the South Pacific as well as at home in New England and beyond.
East Asian history and culture, both past and present, particularly Japan and how the opening of Japan to the West in 1852 changed not only Japanese society but the world, and the impact of Japanese culture and pop culture on the United States.

(...tl;dr I write about 19th century whaling and Japanese things :D)

My novel The Sea-God at Sunrise was selected as a Quarterfinalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.

I have crossed the Atlantic Ocean, sailing on the brigantine SSV Corwith Cramer, with Sea Education Association (Woods Hole, Cape Cod). I also sailed aboard the historic Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaling ship in the world, on her 38th voyage. From late May until mid-August 2014, she sailed from Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, to various ports of call along the New England coast. Learn more about the Morgan, which was an invaluable part of my research for my novels, at Mystic Seaport.

I love talking to people about history, whaling, Hawaii, Japan, Herman Melville, cosplay, art, gaming, or photography! Check out more of my work in the links above and always feel free to drop me a line at gltysk@gltysk.com.