China’s Warring States era (ca. 5th–3rd century BCE) was the setting for an explosion of textual production, and one of the most sophisticated and enduring genres of writing from this period was the military text. Social and political changes were driven in large part by the increasing scope and scale of warfare, and some of the best minds of the day (including Sunzi, whose Art of War is still widely read) devoted their attention to the systematic analysis of all factors involved in waging war. Conquer and Govern, by Robin McNeal, makes available for the first time in any Western language a corpus of military texts from a long neglected Warring States compendium of historical, political, military, and ritual writings known as the Yi Zhou shu, or Remainder of the Zhou Documents.
May 2012 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3120-2 / $48.00 (CLOTH)
Hawai‘i’s legendary jazz musician Gabe Baltazar Jr. has thrilled audiences since the late 1940s with his powerful and passionate playing. In If It Swings, It’s Music, the first book on his life and career, Gabe takes readers through the highs, lows, and in-betweens on the long road to becoming one of the very few Asian Americans who has achieved worldwide acclaim as a jazz artist.
“Gabe Baltazar is a living example of the rare Asian American jazz musician who enjoyed a national and international career, one that took place during an important transitional period when jazz was being transformed from a popular idiom into a bona fide tradition. His story provides insight into a real working jazz musician’s life with all its headaches, victories, defeats, and joys.” —Kevin Fellezs, Columbia University
May 2012 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3637-5 / $24.99 (PAPER)
This year’s Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award winners were announced at last week Friday’s award ceremony. Congratulations to our authors Wendy S. Arbeit, John R. K. Clark, Mark Panek, and John E. Randall; and to distributed authors Angela K. Kepler and Francis G. Rust.
Winner for Excellence in Text or Reference and Honorable Mention for Excellence in Special Interest: Links to the Past: The Work of Early Hawaiian Artisans, by Wendy S. Arbeit
Honorable Mentions for Excellence in Hawaiian Culture and for Excellence in Text or Reference: Hawaiian Surfing: Traditions from the Past by John R. K. Clark
Winner for Excellence in Nonfiction: Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior by Mark Panek
Honorable Mention for Excellence in Natural Science: Shore Fishes of Easter Island by John E. Randall and Alfredo Cea
Winner for Excellence in Natural History: The World of Bananas in Hawaii: Then and Now by Angela K. Kepler and Francis G. Rust (Distributed for Pali-O-Waipio Press)
Photo: Author Mark Panek (right) and Ron Cox of the Hawai’i Book Publishers’ Association
Since its introduction to Hawai‘i in 1879, the ‘ukulele has been many things: a symbol of an island paradise; a tool of political protest; an instrument central to a rich musical culture; a musical joke; a highly sought-after collectible; a cheap airport souvenir; a lucrative industry; and the product of a remarkable synthesis of western and Pacific cultures. The ‘Ukulele: A History, by Jim Tranquada and John King, explores all of these facets, placing the instrument for the first time in a broad historical, cultural, and musical context.
“Here, at last, is the complete story of the ‘ukulele. Thanks to the authors’ years of tireless research, the instrument’s incredible journey is brought vividly to life. This book is a labor of love and a gift of enduring scholarship.” —Jim Beloff, author of The ‘Ukulele: A Visual History
May 2012 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3634-4 / $20.99 (PAPER)
During 1917–1918, war ravaged the hill country north of New Caledonia’s main island, the Grande terre. Occurring sixty-four years after France’s 1853 annexation of New Caledonia and in the midst of the Great War of 1914–1918, the conflict was known by the mid-twentieth century as “the last of the kanak revolts.” It represented to many—until the “events” of the 1980s—the final pacification of Kanak (the indigenous people of New Caledonia). Specters of Violence in a Colonial Context: New Caledonia, 1917, by Adrian Muckle, is the first comprehensive history of the 1917–1918 war, which involved the French army, European settlers, and Kanak. In three parts, it addresses the events leading to the outbreak of war, how those involved explained their role in the fighting, and how the war has since been represented.
May 2012 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3509-5 / $55.00 (CLOTH)
Stuart Ball will be signing copies of his recently published Native Paths to Volunteer Trails: Hiking and Trail Building on O‘ahu at Windward Mall’s Soul Trex on Saturday, May 12, 1-3 pm.