The Other Side: Ways of Being and Place in Vanuatu, by John Patrick Taylor, is the first major ethnographic and historical study of the Sia Raga people of north Pentecost Island, a region that was home to the late Father Walter Lini, Vanuatu’s first prime minister. Exploring Raga social, spatial, and historical consciousness, this richly poetic account provides important theoretical contributions to ongoing debates in Pacific anthropology about the relation between structure and history, and place and time. It reveals important insights into the convergence of indigenous and exogenous cosmologies and hegemonies historically, and shows how these are implicated in contemporary social, ritual, and material cultural expressions. These analyses engage with broader concerns relating to colonial and postcolonial identities, political economy, and globalization in island Melanesia.
Acclaimed Maori/New Zealand writer Patricia Grace will be honored as the 2008 laureate of the $50,000 Neustadt International Prize for Literature in ceremonies to be held September 19, 2008, at the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus. An international jury representing ten countries selected Grace as this year’s recipient of the award, which is sponsored by OU’s award-winning bimonthly magazine of international literature and culture, World Literature Today.
University of Hawai‘i Press is the North American publisher of all of Grace’s major work: Dogside Story (Kiriyama Pacific Rim Fiction Prize, 2001), Baby No-Eyes, Cousins, Potiki (New Zealand Fiction Award, 1987), and most recently, Tu. The Press distributes Earth, Sea, Sky: Images and Maori Proverbs from the Natural World of Aotearoa New Zealand, written by Patricia Grace and Waiariki Grace and published by Huia Publishers.