Ann Bayer to Lecture on the Nature of Giftedness

Ann Bayer, author of Going Against the Grain: When Professionals in Hawai‘i Choose Public Schools Instead of Private Schools, will join Maenette Ah Nee-Benham, Robyn McMullin, and moderator Ann Brandman to discuss “The Nature of Giftedness, The Nurturing of Leaders,” the first in the 2010 Sakamaki Extraordinary Lectures series. The lecture, free and open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, June 2, at 7:00 pm in the University of Hawai‘i’s Architecture Auditorium. For more information, call 956-2729.

What characterizes a gifted child? What is the best way to nurture their talents? What can we learn from the Native Hawaiian concept of those with outstanding abilities? And what does the public school environment have to teach our future leaders? We explore these and other questions with a panel of experts in their fields.

Tomoko Aoyama Honored for Reading Food in Modern Japanese Literature

Reading FoodTomoko Aoyama is the most recent recipient of the Asian Studies Association of Australia’s Mid-career Researcher Prize for Excellence. Dr. Aoyama received the prize for her work in Reading Food in Modern Japanese Literature, published by UH Press in 2008.

“At first glance, this seems an unlikely subject, but the originality of the topic is fully sustained by the clarity of exposition, the profound knowledge of modern Japanese literature (both in the original and in translation) and the assurance of the author’s voice. A wide-ranging interest in theory never obscures its application to the discussion of particular works and themes. With a broad interdisciplinary approach, the author offers many sharp and relevant insights from anthropology, history, cultural studies, feminism, etc., and her cross-cultural insights are well-based. A feature of the book is the skill with which the English reader is led to appreciate linguistic subtleties in the Japanese.” —Citation from the Prize Committee

Talking Hawaii’s Story at HB&M Festival

Narratives from Talking Hawai‘i’s Story: Oral Histories of an Island People will be paired with readings from Bamboo Ridge Press titles at this year’s Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival, on Sunday, May 16, 11 am. The event will be taped live for Hawai‘i Public Radio’s “Aloha Shorts” at the Mission Memorial Auditorium, and the public is invited to attend.

Talking Hawai‘i’s Story editors Michi Kodama-Nishimoto, Warren S. Nishimoto, and Cynthia A. Oshiro will be at the UH Press booth later that afternoon from 1:15 to 1:45.

2010 Hawaii Book & Music Festival

University of Hawai‘i Press will be among the local publishers participating in the Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival next weekend, May 15–16, 10 am–5pm, at Honolulu Hale. Admission and parking are free to the general public.

Several UH Press authors will be attending the festival as panelists or speakers. David Heenan, author of Bright Triumphs From Dark Hours: Turning Adversity into Success, will be at the UH Press booth on Sunday, May 16, 2–2:30 pm, for a book signing.

Click here for a detailed schedule of events.

2010 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards

This year’s Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards Ceremony was held on April 30 at the Bishop Museum. The awards are presented by the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association to recognize the finest books published during the previous year.

Two UH Press titles received the Honorable Mention in their respective categories: Ethnobotany of Pohnpei: Plants, People, and Island Culture, edited by Michael J. Balick, earned the award for Excellence in Text and Reference Books, and Talking Hawai‘i’s Story: Oral Histories of an Island People, edited by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto, Warren S. Nishimoto, and Cynthia A. Oshiro, for Excellence in Nonfiction.

Three books distributed by UH Press also garnered honorable mentions: the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s Plants of the Canoe People: An Ethnobotanical Voyage through Polynesia, by W. Arthur Whistler, for the Natural Science category, Pacific Images: Views from Captain Cook’s Third Voyage (2nd ed.), by Eleanor C. Nordyke, for Illustrative or Photographic Books, and Copley Square Press’ Ben Norris: American Modernist, 1910–2006 for the “Aloha from beyond Hawai‘i” category, which is for entries from publishers based outside Hawai‘i.

A complete list of winners is available here.

UH Press Exhibits at the Association for Asian Studies 2010 Annual Meeting

In late March UH Press exhibited at the 2010 Association for Asian Studies annual meeting in Philadelphia. In addition to its own new and recently published titles, the Press showcased books published by the many Asia publishers it distributes: Ateneo de Manila University Press, the Cornell University East Asia Program, Equinox Publishing (Indonesia) Global Oriental (UK), KITLV Press (Netherlands), NIAS (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies) Press (Denmark), NUS (National University of Singapore) Press, and University of the Philippines Press. View photos taken at the event here.

Next year’s annual meeting will be held in Honolulu.