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Friday, May 19, 2000

Coffman to receive
literature award



Writer and documentary producer Tom Coffman has been selected to receive the 1999 Hawai'i Award for Literature by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Hawai'i Literary Arts Council.

He will be presented with the award in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the State Capitol.

The former journalist's books include "Catch a Wave: A Case Study of Hawaii's New Politics," which chronicles the social and political turmoil of the 1960s and the clash between Gov. John A. Burns and Thomas P. Gill, and "Nation Within: America's Annexation of Hawaii." The latter was presented in conjunction with a documentary film by the same name.

Coffman said he was excited about receiving the award because his work is "journalistic, outside the world of literature and academics. I am pleased."

His current project is a book that will look at the post-Burns years, he said, "attempting to say something coherent about what happened thereafter and the complexities that kicked in, the complexities of being an American state in the middle of the Pacific."

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