When it comes to listing events, we can’t miss first mentioning our exhibit booth at the Association for Asian Studies annual conference taking place March 16–19 in Toronto. Acquisitions editors Pamela Kelley and Stephanie Chun, and marketing managers Royden Muranaka and Steven Hirashima make up our staffing contingent at this important meeting, which is attended by numerous UHP authors (and prospective authors) of Asian studies titles.
Below is the current lineup of author appearances scheduled for the coming weeks—including a couple already past—mostly for our Hawai‘i-related titles. Unless otherwise noted, these events are free and the public is invited to attend; books will be available for sale and signing.
Wednesday, March 15, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, at the Faculty Center, Chaminade University, 201 Eiben Hall
Chapter contributors Jonathan Dial, Bianca Isaki, and Brian Richardson will speak on the issues addressed in Tourism Impacts West Maui, the latest book from North Beach-West Maui Benefit Fund Inc., distributed by UH Press.
Former investigative reporter Jim Dooley will give an illustrated talk about the lively behind-the-headlines stories in his book, Sunny Skies, Shady Characters. See more details on the Hawaiʻi State Public Library System site.
Hawai‘i’s Kōlea coauthors Oscar “Wally” Johnson and Susan Scott will give a slideshow presentation on the amazing migratory bird at the Volcano Art Center Niaulani campus. While the event is free, a $5 donation would be appreciated. See more details on the VAC website. Wally leaves the next day to return to Montana, while Susan will stay on to do a signing on Saturday at Basically Books, before heading home to O‘ahu.
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:00 pm, Ciné in Athens, Georgia (234 W Hancock Avenue)
UH Mānoa creative writing professor Rodney Morales heads to the Deep South to do a reading of his latest novel, For A Song. His visit is hosted by the University of Georgia Creative Writing Program and books will be sold by Avid Bookshop.
Saturday, March 25, three separate events in Kamuela and Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai‘i
Dr. Billy Bergin and his son Dr. Brady Bergin, both respected equine veterinarians, will do a marathon book launch and signings for their new book, The Hawaiian Horse. The schedule and locations include:
• 1:00 to 2:45 pm, Basically Books, 160 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo (phone 808-961-0144). Includes a short talk.
• 3:00 to 4:30 pm, Lyman Museum, 276 Haili Street, Hilo (phone 808-935-5021). The authors will do a talk as part of the museum’s Patricia E. Saigo series of public programs. The cost is free for museum members and $3.00 for nonmembers. Read more on the event here.
Saturday, April 1, starting at 2:00 pm, Hawaii Japanese Center, Hilo (751 Kanoelehua Avenue)
Hawaii Japanese Center, in partnership with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, presents a program based around author Barbara Kawakami and her recent book, Picture Bride Stories, which was recently announced as the winner of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians (APALA) Literature Award for adult nonfiction (the award will be presented in June) . The HJC program will include a dance performance of holehole bushi and a screening of excerpts from the Rice & Roses television series that previously aired on PBS Hawai‘i. See complete details on the HJC flyer.
Thursday, April 13, 12 noon to 1:15 pm, Kuykendall Hall 410, UH Mānoa
At this Brown Bag series sponsored by the Center for Biographical Research, David Hanlon‘s talk, “‘You Did What, Mr. President?!?!’ Writing a Biography of the Federated States of Micronesia’s Tosiwa Nakayama” explores his work behind Making Micronesia.
Saturday, February 18, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Eastwind Books of Berkeley (2066 University Avenue)
At this venerable independent bookshop, Lillian Howan will discuss and read from her debut novel, The Charm Buyers. Set in 1990s Tahiti during the last years of French nuclear testing in the Pacific, the book has been praised by early reviewers as “gorgeous,” “sensuous,” and “hynoptic” (see the blurbs under the “reviews” tab on the UH Press web page). A review scheduled to appear in the March/April issue of Foreword Reviews says, in part: “Howan’s language is breathtaking, building a land and family with detail and power. . . . The Charm Buyers is a thought-provoking insight into a time of cultural change. It captures an essence of existing between reality and surreality, dreaming and wakefulness, the past and the future.”
Howan also did a reading on February 15 at the University of San Francisco. See the flyer here.
Fifty years ago, Suikei Furuya chronicled his World War II imprisonment and published his memoirs in Japan. It took JCCH Resource Center volunteer Tatsumi Hayashi ten years to translate the book into English and now An Internment Odyssey: Haisho Tenten has been published by JCCH, with additional distribution by UH Press. The book launch will include a panel discussion with Tatsumi Hayashi, Sheila Chun, Brian Niiya and a member of the Furuya family. For further details, see the JCCH website.
At this Brown Bag talk sponsored by the Center for Biographical Research, Michael Tsai, author of The People’s Race Inc.: Behind the Scenes at the Honolulu Marathon, discusses his melding of journalistic and life-writing approaches as well as the expected and unexpected challenges of dealing with living subjects. Tsai is a Kapi‘olani Community College instructor and Honolulu Star-Advertiser columnist and reporter.
For the Spring 2017 Brown Bag schedule of speakers, click here.
At Whales Tales 2017, presented by Whale Trust Maui, marine biologist Robin Baird speaks about his ocean fieldwork with Cascadia Research Collective and the results covered in his book, The Lives of Hawai‘i’s Dolphins and Whales: Natural History and Conservation. These include findings from years of research using satellite tagging, genetics, and photo identification to study resident whales and dolphins in Hawai‘i. Dr. Baird’s February 14 illustrated talk at the Waikiki Aquarium elicited numerous questions from the audience, leading to answers with more fascinating facts on these ocean mammals.
In Wahine Volleyball: 40 Years Coaching Hawai‘i’s Team, Dave Shoji, legendary coach for the University of Hawai‘i women’s volleyball program looks back at four decades to tell his story along with that of the Rainbow Wahine. With the assistance of longtime sports-beat writer Ann Miller, Hawai‘i’s winningest coach provides an exclusive look at the state’s perennially successful athletic team.
Coach Shoji and Ann Miller will appear at book-signings scheduled for mid-November:
Wednesday, November 12, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at University of Hawai‘i Mānoa Bookstore (See the bookstore’s Facebook for their special offer)
Saturday, November 15, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center
UPDATE 11/10/14: Third signing added:
Friday, November 28, approximate time 10:00 to 11:00 p.m., following the match against UC-Riverside, on the concourse near Gate B and the UH Athletics’ H-Zone shop at the Stan Sheriff ticket office. Books will also be for sale at the H-Zone Ward Center shop.
In the coming weeks, books will become available at other retailers as well as the above and directly from UH Press.
Wahine Volleyball: 40 Years Coaching Hawai‘i’s Team
Dave Shoji with Ann Miller
November 2014 | 240 pages plus 8-page color insert
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-5141-5 | $45.00 (wishlist)
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-5142-2 | $19.99
NEW RELEASE and AUTHOR EVENT
Honolulu Star-Advertiser “Ocean Watch” columnist Susan Scott will appear at BookEnds in Kailua on Saturday, September 27, noon to 1:00 p.m., to sign her newest book, Call Me Captain: A Memoir of a Woman at Sea. This will be a good time to catch her before she leaves a few days later on a sail from New Caledonia to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, then on to Palau to lead a snorkeling and natural history tour for the Oceanic Society. She’ll return to Hawai‘i in mid-November for the holidays and new year, with a West Coast book tour to follow in February.
Quite different from Susan’s previous guidebooks on Hawai‘i’s marine life, Call Me Captain is a tale of self-discovery when she faces a turning point in her life and marriage and decides to leave everything behind to sail to Palmyra Atoll to work as a volunteer biologist. Follow Susan as she writes about swimming with manta rays, kayaking with sharks, and sailing with whales and dolphins. Her memoir is a romance, a harrowing sea tale, and a personal account of nature’s power to put life in perspective.
Call Me Captain: A Memoir of a Woman at Sea
2014 | 336 pages | A Latitude 20 Book
Paper | ISBN: 978-0-8248-3981-9 | $19.99
As part of First Friday Hawaii’s Honolulu Art Gallery Walk, on September 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., journalist Denby Fawcett will sign copies of Secrets of Diamond Head: A History and Trail Guide at ARTS at Marks Garage in conjunction with its current “36 Views of Leahi” exhibit. Presented in the spirit of Hokusai’s and Hiroshige’s “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” the exhibit was juried by Masami Teruoka, who selected the best of the submitted art pieces depicting Honolulu’s iconic landmark.
The following day, September 6, at 1:00 p.m., Denby will be at Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center, to again autograph her definitive guide to the volcanic crater’s colorful past. To read more about the backstory of Secrets of Diamond Head, which is distributed by UH Press, see Civil Beat‘s August 21 story and the fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of Diamond Head’s tunnels in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser‘s August 13 feature [login required to read the full story].
With the Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival now past for another year, let’s catch up with a few more soon-to-be-happening author events.
Saturday, May 10, 2:00 pm:
Carol MacLennan will present and sign her new book, Sovereign Sugar: Industry and Environment in Hawai‘i, at Basically Books in Hilo, Hawai‘i island. Please attend if you’re in East Hawai‘i or reserve a signed copy by contacting the bookstore. If you’re not in Hilo and missed her talk at the festival, you can still listen to the Hawai‘i Public Radio interview on HPR2’s The Conversation that aired last month.
Monday, May 12, 6:00 to 7:00 pm:
San Diego resident Leilani Holmes pays a brief visit to Kaua‘i and will speak at Lihue Public Library about her search for Hawaiian identity as told in her book, Ancestry of Experience: A Journey into Hawaiian Ways of Knowing. By including hula as part of her talk, she transforms her presentation into an engaging performance. Listen to the wide-ranging interview that aired April 8 on American Indian Airwaves, KPFK Public Radio.
Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 pm:
Robert Ji-Song Ku, author of Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA, will join an intriguing panel at the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles to explore the growing influence and role of Asian Americans as food trendsetters in L.A. and—perhaps—nationwide.