Hawaii's literary scene


Friday, October 25, 1996

Used-book sale

Hawaii Medical Library has medical and nursing texts and some nonmedical books, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2. Call 536-9302.

'Open bookstore'

Book lovers are invited to the new Native Books Kalihi store, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2. The store, at 1244 N. School St., celebrates with 20 percent discounts, author visits and a drawing.


Shakespeare on Sunday presents a dramatic reading of "Macbeth," 7 p.m. Sunday at Barnes & Noble, Kahala.

Maria Luisa Aguilar-Carino, an award-winning writer from the Philippines, reads her poetry and discusses gender in English translations, 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Kuykendall Hall, Room 410, at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
She tackles film's influence on the Filipino identity, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Call 536-5175.

Her current project, "DestiNations," is an anthology of poetry and short fiction by writers of Filipino heritage. Call 956-2686.

Author signings

Rick Carroll presents "Chicken Skin," true Hawaii stories, 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Honolulu Book Shops, Ala Moana, and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Barnes & Noble,.

Hubert Kimura signs "Mental Arts, Bridging Your 'Brain Gap'" 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Honolulu Book Shops, Pearlridge.

Diane Dods and Joan Clarke feature 22 artists in "Artists/Hawaii," 1 p.m. Saturday at Honolulu Book Shops, Ala Moana.

Fred Barnett shares true stories from his "Hawaii Shark Stories" 2 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, and 1 p.m. Sunday at Borders, Ward Centre.

Ironman triathlon winner Ray Browning promotes "Serious Training for Endurance" 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Honolulu Book Shops, Ala Moana.

Glen Grant presents "Obake Files," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Borders, Ward Centre.

Group activities

The Writers Group meets 6:30 p.m. today at Borders, Waikele.

The Asian-Pacific Reading Group considers Pramoedya Ananta Toer's "This Earth of Mankind," 7 p.m. Wednesday at Barnes & Noble, Kahala.

Plans for romance

The Romance Writers of America have a luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Outrigger Prince Kuhio Hotel. They'll review accomplishments in 1996 and events for 1997. Admission is $20. Call Sally at 739-7722.

"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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