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Ella Frances Sanders    

Author & Illustrator Known For "Lost in Translation"

Ella Frances Sanders is a writer and illustrator. Her first book, Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words was published in September 2014 by Ten Speed Press and became an international bestseller. It sat on the New York Times bestseller list for 4 consecutive months, was an Amazon Best Book of 2014, and has had multiple printings in multiple countries, including Japan where over 100,000 copies have been sold. It was featured in places such as The New York Times Book Review, The New York Post, Entertainment Weekly, The Huffington Post, Brain Pickings, Design*Sponge, Conde Nast Traveler, and Buzzfeed. In 2018, Lost in Translation was announced as the No.1 book for the biggest bookseller in Japan, Kinokuniya, which is only the second time a non-fiction title has ever been chosen for the award in the bookseller’s history.

The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World was published in September 2016 by Ten Speed Press and has also been printed in over eight languages. The Illustrated Book of Sayings made the San Francisco Chronicle, Fathom, and LA Times gift guides. It was Mental Floss’ 10 Must Read Books For Fall and featured by websites like It’s Nice That, The Telegraph, CityLab, and The Times of India.

Her third book, Eating the Sun: Small Musings on a Vast Universe, will be published by Penguin in April 2019.

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