How To Get Your Book Published in Hawaii

The Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association, in conjunction with Outreach College, University of Hawai‘i-Manoa, presents “How to Get Your Book Published in Hawai‘i,” a one-day course for aspiring authors and publishers, on Saturday, June 16, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM. Onsite registration will begin at 8:30 AM at UHM Pacific Ocean Science & Technology 127, with smaller sessions held at Kuykendall Hall. Cost for the course is $75. To register, contact the University of Hawai‘i Outreach College at: 808-956-8400 or online here.

Course presenters include industry professionals from local book publishers (including University of Hawai‘i Press), designers, distributors, and consulting companies, who will speak on topics ranging from acquisitions and editing; distribution, marketing, and sales; financial considerations, among others. The keynote speaker will be columnist/author/playwright Lee Cataluna. In addition to the informational sessions, benefits of attending include extensive take-home handouts and exceptional access to many of the key people in the book publishing industry.

Sessions will include:
“The Essence of Story is Conflict”—Lee Cataluna, keynote speaker
“Acquisitions and Editing”—Roger Jellinek (Jellinek & Murray Literary Agency) and Chris McKinney (author)
“Design and Production”—Angela Wu-Ki (Angela Wu-Ki Design) and DeSoto Brown (author)
“Sales, Marketing, and Distribution”—Bev Motz (Bess Press) and Jeff Swartz (Islander Group)
“A Book’s Life: A Timeline of Your Book from Acquisition to Publication”—Masako K. Ikeda (University of Hawai‘i Press), Julie Chun (Julie Chun Design), and Nora Okja Keller (author)
“To Publish or Not to Publish? Selecting the Best Method to Publish Your Book”—Dave Takaki (Editions Ltd.), Burl Burlingame (Pacific Monograph), and Tom Coffman (author)
“Dollars and Sense: The Monetary Costs and Rewards in Book Publishing”—Ron Cox (Bishop Museum Press), Bev Motz (Bess Press), and Tom Coffman (author)
“Staying Alive! How to Maintain and Increase Your Book’s Sales After its Release”—Theresia Howe and Julie Funasaki (both of Island Heritage)
 **Topics and presenters are subject to change.

Literacy in a Hmong-American Community

Writing from These Roots: Literacy in a Hmong-American Community, by John M. Duffy, documents the historical development of literacy in Wasau, Wisconsin, of Laotian Hmong, a people who came to the U.S. as refugees from the Vietnam War and whose language had no widely accepted written form until one created by missionary-linguists was adopted in the late twentieth century.

“We are only beginning to recognize the global forces that have long shaped literacy in the United States. What we need now is a book that demonstrates how to theorize U.S. literacy with regard to globalization’s complex legacy. Writing from These Roots satisfies this need, and then some. Duffy’s careful representation of Hmong literacy narratives is a remarkable accomplishment in its own right, not least for the respect he shows the women and men whose stories enable him to delineate personal, cultural, and national pathways to literacy. In also documenting Hmong people’s transnational pathway to literacy in the United States, Duffy expertly details the rhetorical means by which literacy can make legible the self-fashioning of distinct identities against a historical backdrop bleached by generations of assimilationist public policy and racist discourse. Duffy’s insistence that we think rhetorically about literacy is a call that will resonate in literacy scholarship for years to come.” —Peter Mortensen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

June 2007 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3012-0 / $45.00 (CLOTH)

Also available from University of Hawai‘i Press: The Hmong of Australia: Culture and Diaspora, edited by Nicholas Tapp and Gary Lee.

Author Beth Notar to Sign at Odyssey Books

Trinity College assistant professor of anthropology Beth Notar will be signing copies of her recently published book Displacing Desire: Travel and Popular Culture in China at Odyssey Bookshop on Tuesday, June 12, at 7:00 p.m. Odyssey Bookshop is located in the Village Commons, 9 College Street, South Hadley, Massachusetts.

For more information about the signing, please call Odyssey Books at (413) 534-7307 or click here.