Scheduled Appearances for Milton Murayama

Maui-born author Milton Murayama will be visiting Hawai‘i to sign copies of his fourth novel, Dying in a Strange Land, which completes the tetralogy of the Oyama family saga that began with his 1975 classic, All I Asking for Is My Body. Murayama followed this with Five Years on a Rock and Plantation Boy in 1994 and 1998, respectively.

Book Signings
Saturday, November 8, 2:00-3:00 pm: Barnes & Noble Lahaina
Sunday, November 9, 3:00-4:00 pm: Borders-Kahului
Tuesday, November 11, 2:00-3:00 pm: Barnes & Noble Ala Moana
Saturday, November 15, 2:00-3:00 pm: Borders-Pearlridge Center
Sunday, November 16, 2:00-3:00 pm: Borders-Ward Centre

“Revisiting Milton Murayama: From Plantation to Diaspora”
The public is also invited to attend a special event scheduled for Wednesday, November 12, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the UH-Manoa Art Auditorium. The program will feature the premiere showing of a video interview with Murayama by Gary Pak and remarks by Marie Hara and other noted Hawai‘i writers. A short reading and talk by Murayama and an autograph session will follow. Light refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by University of Hawai‘i Press with the UH Manoa English Department, Bamboo Ridge Press, and the University of Hawai‘i Diversity and Equity Initiative, and in partnership with the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, with additional support from the “We, The People” initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Chinese Characters

At long last the approach that has helped thousands of learners memorize Japanese kanji has been adapted to help students with Chinese characters. Book 1 of Remembering Traditional Hanzi and Remembering Simplified Hanzi, by James W. Heisig and Timothy W. Richardson, cover the writing and meaning of the 1,000 most commonly used characters in the Chinese writing system, plus another 500 that are best learned at an early stage. (Book 2 adds another 1,500 characters for a total of 3,000.)

Traditional / October 2008 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3324-4 / $25.00 (PAPER)
Simplified / October 2008 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3323-7 / $25.00 (PAPER)

Carlos Andrade Book Launch at Native Books

Carlos Andrade will read from and discuss his recently published book, Ha‘ena: Through the Eyes of the Ancestors, on Thursday, October 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Native Books/Na Mea Hawai‘i, Ward Warehouse. A book signing and light refreshments will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Andrade is associate professor of Hawaiian studies at the University of Hawai‘i and director of the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. Ha‘ena reveals the complex history of a rich and fertile ahupua‘a in north Kaua‘i, blending folklore, geography, history, and ethnography.

Geography, Performance, Design

We do not see empty figures and outlines; we do not move in straight lines. Everywhere we are surrounded by dapple; the geometry of our embodied lives is curviform, meandering, bi-pedal. Our personal worlds are timed, inter-positional, and contingent. But nowhere in the language of cartography and design do these ordinary experiences appear. This, Dark Writing argues, is a serious omission because they are designs on the world: architects and colonizers use their lines to construct the places where we will live. But the rectilinear streets, squares, and public spaces produced in this way leave out people and the entire environmental history of their coming together. How, author Paul Carter asks, can we explain the omission of bodies from maps and plans? And how can we redraw the lines maps and plans use so that the qualitative world of shadows, footprints, comings and goings, and occasions—all essential qualities of places that incubate sociality—can be registered?

Writing Past Colonialism
Published in association with the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, University of Melbourne
October 2008 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3312-1 / $28.00 (PAPER)

Incest and Schism in Indian Buddhist Legend and Historiography

“[In Riven by Lust: Incest and Schism in Indian Buddhist Legend and Historiography], Jonathan Silk takes a tale that has major importance for the history of the development of Buddhism, a tale about the man who caused the major schism in Indian Buddhism, and traces it through all of the texts, in all of the major languages of Buddhism, with a bit of Greek and Latin thrown in for good measure. He traces the myth back to its probable early sources and forward to its labyrinthine developments through the Buddhist (and Hindu) world. And since it is a tale of mother-son incest, he discusses its implications in the light of contemporary psychological understandings of incest. It is a highly original work, with truly impressive scholarship, both in the breadth of knowledge and in the care with which all the relevant texts are cited and translated. Beautifully and fluently written, it will surely capture a large audience of scholars, students, and those who take a personal interest in Buddhism.” —Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago

October 2008 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3090-8 / $55.00 (CLOTH)

Kokota Grammar

Kokota Grammar, by Bill Palmer, describes the grammar of Kokota, a highly endangered Oceanic language of the Solomon Islands, spoken by about nine hundred people on the island of Santa Isabel. After several long periods among the Kokota, Dr. Palmer has written an unusually detailed and comprehensive description of the language. Kokota has never before been described, so this work makes an important contribution to our knowledge of the Oceanic languages of island Melanesia.

Oceanic Linguistics Special Publication, No. 35
October 2008 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3251-3 / $35.00 (PAPER)