Hawaii's literary scene

Friday, May 10, 1996


Author signings

Ron Martin, entrepreneur and owner of Success Dynamics, signs copies of his book "Success Made Easy" 1 p.m. Saturday at Honolulu Book Shops, Ala Moana Center. The book combines Martin's philosophy of achievement with stories from his life.

Meet Dan Van Zyle, illustrator of the new children's book "Flight of the Golden Plover," noon Saturday at Borders, Ward Centre.

Dramatic reading

Shakespeare on Sunday presents "King Henry IV" 7 p.m. Sunday at Barnes & Noble, Kahala.

Angelou cancels

Maya Angelou's appearance, set for Thursday at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, has been cancel-ed. Tickets may be returned for refunds at the UH Special Events Arena ticket office from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking will be validated for refunds. Tickets also may be mailed to the UH Athletics Ticket Office, 1337 Lower Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822. Include name, address, daytime phone number. Information: 956-4481.

Book talk

Laureen Kwock joins romance fans to discuss her novel "London Tangle" 7 p.m. Wednesday at Barnes & Noble, Kahala.Thursday, the Asian-Pacific Reading Group addresses Shawn Wong's satiric "American Knees," 7 p.m.

Prized writers

Mary S. Bell, Paula Durbin and Carol Catanzariti have been selected the first-place winners in the 1996 Lorin Tarr Gill Writing Competition, sponsored by the Honolulu branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

The biennial competition was established in 1980 in memory of Lorin Tarr Gill by her family. It is open to all writers.

Bell's "A Thousand Deaths" won for best fiction; Durbin's "Katherine Dunham: Between the Heartland and Haiti," for best nonfiction; and Catanzariti's "Walking Through Rice Fields," for best poetry.

The second- and third-place winners in each category are, respectively: Shelagh Kresser and Ali Hosseini, fiction; Margaret Pai and Nicole Hayes, nonfiction; and E. Shan Correa and Judith Dos Santos, poetry.

Information: 537-2787.

Parodies wanted

"Good 'bad' Chandler" is the objective of the International Imitation Raymond Chandler Writing Competition, an annual contest celebrating the author's style and his fictional creation - the detective Philip Marlowe.Entries must be about 500 words in length. Prizes are $500, $300 and $200. All entries must be received by Aug. 1; winners will be announced Aug. 28.For contest rules, write to: International Raymond Chandler Writing Competition, c/o Friends of the La Jolla Library, 6632 Avenida Manana, La Jolla, CA 92037.

"Read All About It presents news in brief from Hawaii's literary scene. Send items - at least two weeks in advance of publication date - to Read All About It, P.O. Box 3080, Honolulu, Hawaii 96802.


THIS listing of new books about Hawaii or by Hawaii writers is published on the last Friday of each month in the Star-Bulletin.

"Middle Son": Deborah Iida, $18.95, 228 pages, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Novel tells the story of the middle son of a Japanese plantation worker in 1950s Maui, and of the family ties and expectations that bind and support him. The story revolves around Spencer's guilty secret, kept with his younger brother, William, about their older brother's death in childhood.

This first novel made its debut at the 1994 Maui Writers Conference, where it took the grand prize.

"Women and Children First: The Life and Times of Elsie Wilcox of Kaua'i": Judith Dean Gething Hughes, $22.95, University of Hawai'i press

Biography of Hawaii's first female territorial senator, a woman who worked for improvements in education, health and social equality for Asian Americans and who served as the territorial Senate's conscience on women's and children's issues.

The book, by a UH professor of American studies, also looks into the historical development of Kauai and the state.

"The Bones of Time": Kathleen Ann Goonan, $23.95, 382 pages, Tor Books

The preserved bones of Kamehameha are the key to two linked stories in this science -fiction novel of genetic engineering, space exploration and the growing political activism of Hawaiians.

Goonan's first science fiction novel, "Queen City Jazz," was dubbed the New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1994.

"Big Island Activity Book": Shirley Hasenyager, $6.95, 32 pages, Bess Press

Puzzles and games teach children about Big Island places and wildlife as well as science, ecology and history. Illustration by Barbara Downs. (Answers provided.)

"Maui Trails": Kathy Morey, $12.95, 193 pages, Wilderness Press

Revised second edition of guide to hikes on the Valley Isle, from strolls to many-day backpacking trips. Each hike is prefaced by a chart estimating time, distance and elevation gain and is described in detail.

Morey has also written trail guides for Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island.

"To Win the Hearts": James V. Hall, $22.00, 477 pages, Dorrance Publishing Co.

Novel follows a group of people, Americans and Vietnamese, in wartime Vietnam, 1962-1975. It explores the twists and turns of wars of liberation - particularly from the perspective of American civilians who fought for the ideals of freedom and democracy.

For his first novel, Hall, a writer in the Honolulu mayor's office, drew upon his experiences in Vietnam as a foreign service officer. Hall includes his analysis of the war and prefaces each chapter with quotes from people and songs of the time.

"Banana Moon": Tom Conger, $12.95, 135 pages, Dead Reckoning Books

Short stories on the fate of a ka'ai seeker, a man who fears skin cancer, a fired employee and others capture the "grotesque comedy" of life in Hawaii.


March 1996 Favorites


1. The Goodnight Gecko Gil McBarnet, Ruwanga Trading (2)

2. Three Whales Who Won the Heart of the World Suzanne Kita, Island Heritage (1)

3. Gecko Hide and Seek Gil McBarnet, Ruwanga Trading (4)

4. Aloha Bear and the Meaning of Aloha Dick Adair, Island Heritage (7)

5. Adventures of Aloha Bear and Maui the Whale Mark A. Wagenman, Island Heritage (6)

6. The Whale Who Wanted to Be Small Gil McBarnet, Ruwanga Trading (9)

7. Native Animals of Hawaii Patrick Ching, Bess Press (5)

8. Fishes of Hawaii Susan and Thomas Kelly, Bess Press (10)

9. The Whale's Tale Gil McBarnet, Ruwanga Trading H

10. The Legend of the Laughing Gecko Bruce Hale, Geckostufs (8)

Gift and Travel

1. With Sam Choy: Cooking from the Heart Sam Choy, Mutual Publishing

2. Viewbook (series) Douglas Peebles, Hawaiian Resources (3)

3. From the Skies of Paradise (series) Glen Grant, Chris Cook, Tom Stevens and Douglas Peebles, Mutual Publishing (5)

4. Maui on My Mind Rita Ariyoshi, Mutual Publishing (1)

5. Islands of Hawaii Ray Helbig, Hawaiian Service (4)

6. Maui's Hana Highway Angela Kay Kepler, Mutual Publishing

7. Hawaii Blossoms Dorothy and Bob Hargreaves, Island Heritage (6)

8. Kauai, The Garden Island Allan Seiden, Island Heritage (8)

9. Flowers of Hawaii Allan Seiden, Island Heritage

10. The Essential Guide to Maui Island Heritage (10)


. Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen Lydia Liliuokalani, Mutual Publishing H (2)

2. Legends and Myths of Hawaii David Kalakaua, Mutual Publishing H (3)

3. Myths and Legends of Hawaii W.D. Westervelt, Mutual Publishing H (7)

4. Mark Twain in Hawaii Mark Twain, Mutual Publishing H (8)

5. The Betrayal of Liliuokalani Helena G. Allen, Mutual Publishing H

6. Mark Twain's Letters From Hawaii Mark Twain, University of Hawai'i Press H

7. Stories of Hawaii Jack London, Mutual Publishing H (9)

8. Hawaiian Mythology Martha Beckwith, University of Hawai'i Press

9. A Hawaiian Reader edited by A. Grove Day and Carl Stroven, Mutual Publishing H (5)

10. South Sea Tales Jack London, Mutual Publishing


1. Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands Gavan Daws, University of Hawai'i Press H (2)

2. Hawaiian Journey Joseph Mullins, Mutual Publishing (3)

3. Memories of Duke: The Legend Comes to Life Sandra Kimberley Hall and Greg Ambrose, Bess Press

4. Honolulu Mysteries Glen Grant, Mutual Publishing (1)

5. Hawaiian Names English Names Eileen Root, Press Pacifica

6. Pele - Goddess of Hawaiian Volcanoes Herb Kane, Kane Press

7. Hawaii: Truth Stranger Than Fiction LaRue W. Piercy, Mutual Publishing (5)

8. Na Mele O Hawaii Nei Samuel Elbert and Noelani Mahoe, University of Hawai'i Press (8)

9. Hawaii This 'N That LaRue W. Piercy, Mutual Publishing (4)

10. Big Island History Makers LaRue W. Piercy, Mutual Publishing


1. Hawaiian Almanac Clarice B. Taylor, Mutual Publishing (3)

2. Chamorro-English Dictionary Donald Topping, Pedro Ogo and Bernadita Dungea, University of Hawai'i Press

3. Handy Hawaiian Dictionary Compiled by Henry P. Judd, Mary Kawena Pukui and John F.G. Stokes, Mutual Publishing

4. Hawaii's Birds Hawaii Audubon Society, Hawaiian Service (7)

5. Hawaii's Fishes: A Guide for Snorkelers, Divers and Aquarists John Hoover, Mutual Publishing (5)

6. Exotic Tropicals of Hawaii Angela Kay Kepler and Jacob R. Mau, Mutual Publishing

7. Pearl Harbor: The Way It Was Scott C.S. Stone, Island Heritage (8)

8. Atlas of Hawaii O.A. Bushnell, Gavan Daws and Andrew Berger, Island Heritage (9)

9. Maui's Floral Splendor Angela Kay Kepler, Mutual Publishing

10. New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary Mary Pukui and Samuel Elbert, University of Hawai'i Press (2)

These are best-selling books in Hawaii during March 1996. Figures are courtesy of the Hawaii Book Publishers Association and Book-lines distributors, and reflect sales by Hawaii-based publishers. A star () denotes a title that has been on the market at least five years or more; a number in parenthesis indicates a title's previous ranking.

Write to Features, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, P.O. Box 3080, Honolulu, HI 96802 or send a fax to 523-8509 or E-mail at Please include your phone number.

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