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content for and oversees the production of books, a magazine,
 
content for and oversees the production of books, a magazine,
 
brochures, posters, exhibition labels and panels, and store products.
 
brochures, posters, exhibition labels and panels, and store products.
      Previously, he was executive director and editor-in-chief of
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Previously, he was executive director and editor-in-chief of
 
Mercury House, a nonprofit independent trade book publisher based in
 
Mercury House, a nonprofit independent trade book publisher based in
 
San Francisco; the press issued from ten to twenty books a year.
 
San Francisco; the press issued from ten to twenty books a year.
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Louis Stevenson’s Silverado Squatters. It also published the annual
 
Louis Stevenson’s Silverado Squatters. It also published the annual
 
Artes, which included the Nobel Lecture.
 
Artes, which included the Nobel Lecture.
      From 1980–1988 he was a senior editor with North Point Press.
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From 1980–1988 he was a senior editor with North Point Press.
 
He has also been associated with Fiction Network, ZYZZYVA,
 
He has also been associated with Fiction Network, ZYZZYVA,
 
Jossey-Bass Books, and ComputerLand Magazine. He has been a member of
 
Jossey-Bass Books, and ComputerLand Magazine. He has been a member of
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Directors of Small Press Distribution and the Center for the Art of
 
Directors of Small Press Distribution and the Center for the Art of
 
Translation.
 
Translation.
      With his wife, Carol Christensen, he was co-author of The
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With his wife, Carol Christensen, he was co-author of The
 
U.S–Mexican War, a companion book to a national PBS television
 
U.S–Mexican War, a companion book to a national PBS television
 
series, and editor of another PBS companion book, The American
 
series, and editor of another PBS companion book, The American
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Museum and New World/New Words: Translating Latin American Literature
 
Museum and New World/New Words: Translating Latin American Literature
 
(Fall 2007).
 
(Fall 2007).
      Christensen has translated many texts, including books by
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Christensen has translated many texts, including books by
 
Carlos Fuentes, Alejo Carpentier, Julio Cortázar, and others.
 
Carlos Fuentes, Alejo Carpentier, Julio Cortázar, and others.
 
Probably best-known is Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel,
 
Probably best-known is Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel,
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Without Music, Without Dancers, Without Anything, by Louis-Ferdinand
 
Without Music, Without Dancers, Without Anything, by Louis-Ferdinand
 
Céline was a finalist for a PEN translation award
 
Céline was a finalist for a PEN translation award
      Christensen has also written many critical essays and
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Christensen has also written many critical essays and
 
introductions to books, such as Sylvie and Bruno by Lewis Carroll,
 
introductions to books, such as Sylvie and Bruno by Lewis Carroll,
 
The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson, and Hieroglyphic
 
The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson, and Hieroglyphic
 
Tales by Horace Walpole. He has published widely in anthologies and
 
Tales by Horace Walpole. He has published widely in anthologies and
 
journals.
 
journals.
      Christensen has also worked extensively as a graphic designer
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Christensen has also worked extensively as a graphic designer
 
and typesetter; some samples of his design work can be seen at
 
and typesetter; some samples of his design work can be seen at
 
www.rightreading.com/design.htm. His websites include
 
www.rightreading.com/design.htm. His websites include

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Thomas Christensen is director of publications at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, which houses one of the world’s most distinguished collections of Asian art. In this capacity, he writes content for and oversees the production of books, a magazine, brochures, posters, exhibition labels and panels, and store products.

Previously, he was executive director and editor-in-chief of Mercury House, a nonprofit independent trade book publisher based in San Francisco; the press issued from ten to twenty books a year. During his tenure, it was nominated for a Carey-Thomas Award for excellence in publishing. Mercury House published new works by Harold Brodkey, José Antonio Burciaga, Carol Emshwiller, Shulamith Hareven, James D. Houston, William Kittredge, and Leonard Michaels, among others, as well as reissues of classic texts, such George Sand’s Horace, Sung Po-jen’s Guide to Capturing a Plum Blossom, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Silverado Squatters. It also published the annual Artes, which included the Nobel Lecture.

From 1980–1988 he was a senior editor with North Point Press. He has also been associated with Fiction Network, ZYZZYVA, Jossey-Bass Books, and ComputerLand Magazine. He has been a member of the National Book Critics Circle, the Northern California Book Reviewers Association, and PEN West, and has served on the Board of Directors of Small Press Distribution and the Center for the Art of Translation.

With his wife, Carol Christensen, he was co-author of The U.S–Mexican War, a companion book to a national PBS television series, and editor of another PBS companion book, The American Promise. They were also co-editors of The Discovery of America and Other Myths. Christensen’s other books include Bridge to Understanding: The Art and Architecture of San Francisco's Asian Art Museum and New World/New Words: Translating Latin American Literature (Fall 2007).

Christensen has translated many texts, including books by Carlos Fuentes, Alejo Carpentier, Julio Cortázar, and others. Probably best-known is Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, co-translated with Carol Christensen. His translation of Ballets Without Music, Without Dancers, Without Anything, by Louis-Ferdinand Céline was a finalist for a PEN translation award

Christensen has also written many critical essays and introductions to books, such as Sylvie and Bruno by Lewis Carroll, The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson, and Hieroglyphic Tales by Horace Walpole. He has published widely in anthologies and journals.

Christensen has also worked extensively as a graphic designer and typesetter; some samples of his design work can be seen at www.rightreading.com/design.htm. His websites include www.rightreading.com (print and electronic publishing, and more), www.buriedmirror.com (Mesoamerica and the Maya world), and www.friscovista.com (San Francisciana). He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, reviewing both translation and creative writing grant applications. He received his BA, MA, and ABD in comparative literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has taught there and in Guatemala and Ecuador. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.