Hawaii's literary scene


Friday, October 18, 1996

Literary exercise

The Writers Group will work on exercises from Natalie Goldberg's Zen-inspired "Wild Mind" and Pamela Painter's "What If?" 9 a.m. tomorrow, Borders, Waikele. Next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25.

Poetry from Philippines

Maria Luisa Aguilar-Carino, an award-winning poet and writer from the Philippines, will give three free lectures on Philippine literature and culture in October.

She focuses on "Telling Our Stories in the Diasporic Context," examining a sense of loss, nostalgia and thoughts of cultural recovery, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Rooms 307-308 at Campus Center, University of Hawaii-Manoa.

"Constructions of Gender in Philippine Poetry in English" will be 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

In "Fas-ang Goes to the Movies," she tackles film's influence on the Filipino identity, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30, Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Call 536-5175.

Aguilar-Carino's current project is "DestiNations," a collection of recent poetry and short fiction by writers of Filipino heritage. Call 956-2686.

Publishing workshop

The Hawaii Publishers Association sponsors a free workshop on the publishing process 7 p.m. Thursday at Borders, Ward Centre.

Author signings

Illustrator Daniel Van Zyle signs his children's book "Flight of the Golden Plover," noon tomorrow at Barnes & Noble.

Rick Carroll presents "Chicken Skin," a collection of spooky Hawaii stories, 1 p.m. tomorrow at Honolulu Book Shops at Kailua Shopping Center. He appears at Borders, Ward Centre, 1 p.m. Sunday and Honolulu Book Shops, Ala Moana, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 26.

Rosemary Wells presents "My Very First Mother Goose," 2 p.m. tomorrow, Borders, Ward Centre.

Meet T.J. Martin, author of "Soccer: The Right Technique," 3 p.m. Sunday at Borders, Ward Centre.

Adele Ne Jame reads from her second poetry collection, "Field Work," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Japanese Cultural Center. Call 455-0431.

Diane Dods and Joan Clarke feature 22 artists who inspire their peers in "Artists/Hawaii," 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at Honolulu Book Shops, Bishop Square. They visit the Ala Moana store 1 p.m. Oct. 26.

"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.

Friday, September 27, 1996

"The Musubi Man, Hawai'i's Gingerbread Man": Sandi Takayama, $8.95, 24 pages, Bess Press

The star in this version of the classic tale is made of rice with limu hair, a nori jacket, takuan eyes and an umeboshi heart. Illustrations by Pat Hall.

"Chicken Skin - True Spooky Stories of Hawai'i": Edited by Rick Carroll, $9.95, 96 pages, Bess Press

Graveyards, the Night Marchers and even Hilo's Merrie Monarch Festival figure into these new, first-hand accounts of people's experiences with the mana of sacred places and the power of kapu and the kahuna. Carroll is a contributing editor of Aloha magazine and the author of six Hawaii guidebooks.

"The Family Markowitz": Allegra Goodman, $22, 262 pages, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Novel offers frank, humorous, compassionate portraits of individuals in an archetypal Jewish-American family. Some chapters focus on the experience of a single person; Goodman says as a whole they lead readers to see the family "prismatically." Parts of the novel originally appeared in "The New Yorker."

Goodman's first collection of stories, "Total Immersion," is largely based in the Hawaii of her youth.

"Harvest Year": Cris Peterson, $14.95, 28 pages, Boyd Mills Press

Nonfiction children's book illustrates the year-round harvesting of food in the United States. Lively images by photographer Alvis Upitis accompany Peterson's details on how food is gathered, from Hawaii pineapple in January to Florida oranges in December. States mentioned for each month are highlighted on a map.


August 1996 Favorites


1. The Goodnight Gecko Gil McBarnet, Ruwanga Trading (1)
2. Gecko Hide and Seek Gil McBarnet, Ruwanga Trading (9)

3. Three Whales Who Won the Heart of the World Suzanne Kita, Island Heritage (6)

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

5. The Legend of the Laughing Gecko Bruce Hale, Geckostufs (4)

6. Tales of Tutu Nene and Nele Gale Bates, Island Heritage

7. Fishes of Hawaii Susan and Thomas Kelly, Bess Press (5)

8. The Three Little Hawaiian Pigs and the Magic Shark Donivee Martin Laird, Barnaby Books (10)

9. The Stowaway Fairy in Hawaii Mary Koski, Island Heritage

10. Sand to Sea: Marine Life of Hawaii Stephanie Feeney and Ann Fielding, University of Hawai'i Press


1. Scenic Hawaii Series Island Heritage

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

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

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

5. Kauai, The Garden Island Allan Seiden, Island Heritage (7)

6. Hawaii The Big Island Glen Grant, Peter French and Greg Vaughn, Mutual Publishing

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

8. The Essential Guide to Maui Island Heritage

9. Flowers of Hawaii Allan Seiden, Island Heritage (9)

10. Maui, The Valley Isle Allan Seiden, Island Heritage


1. The Three-Inch Golden Lotus Feng Jicai, University of Hawai'i Press

2. Legends and Myths of Hawaii David Kalakaua, Mutual Publishing (7)

3. Hawaiian Mythology Martha Beckwith, University of Hawai'i Press (3)

4. Twilight Over Burma: My Life as a Shan Princess Inge Sargent, University of Hawai'i Press (5)

5. Myths and Legends of Hawaii W.D. Westervelt, Mutual Publishing (6)

6. The Betrayal of Liliuokalani Helena G. Allen, Mutual Publishing (10)

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

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

9. (tied) Sons for the Return Home Albert Wendt, University of Hawai'i Press

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


1. Hawaiian Journey Joseph Mullins, Mutual Publishing (1)

2. Hawaiian Names English Names Eileen Root, Press Pacifica (3)

3. Waikiki 100 B.C. to 1900 A.D.: An Untold Story George Kanahele, University of Hawai'i Press

4. Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands Gavan Daws, University of Hawai'i Press (6)

5. Honolulu Mysteries Glen Grant, Mutual Publishing (8)

6. Na Mele O Hawaii Nei Samuel Elbert and Noelani Mahoe, University of Hawai'i Press (5)

7. Ka Lei Ha 'Aheo: Beginning Hawaiian Alberta Hopkins, University of Hawai'i Press (2)

8. Pele - Goddess of Hawaiian Volcanoes Herb Kane, Kane Press (9)

9. Holy Man: Father Damien of Molokai Gavan Daws, University of Hawai'i Press

10. Hawaii This 'N That LaRue W. Piercy, Mutual Publishing


1. Handy Hawaiian Dictionary Compiled by Henry P. Judd, Mary Kawena Pukui and John F.G. Stokes, Mutual Publishing (1)

2. Pearl Harbor: The Way It Was Scott C.S. Stone, Island Heritage (4)

3. Hawaiian Dictionary (revised) Mary Pukui and Samuel Elbert, University of Hawai'i Press (5)

4. Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific J.E.N. Veron, University of Hawai'i Press

5. Hawaii's Fishes: A Guide for Snorkelers, Divers and Aquarists John Hoover, Mutual Publishing (3)

6. Atlas of Hawaii O.A. Bushnell, Gavan Daws and Andrew Berger, Island Heritage (6)

7. Conversational Tagalog Teresita Ramos, University of Hawai'i Press

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

9. Exotic Tropicals of Hawaii Angela Kay Kepler and Jacob R. Mau, Mutual Publishing (10)

10. Tropical Trees of Hawaii Dorothy & Bob Hargreaves, Island Heritage (7)

These are best-selling books in Hawaii during April 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.

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