Several author appearances are scheduled for the coming months; here are the remaining ones lined up for February. These events are free and the public is invited to attend. Books will be available for sale and signing, unless otherwise noted.
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.”
Saturday, February 18, 11:00 am,Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i 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 Tentenhas 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.
Thursday, February 23, 12 noon to 1:15 pm, Kuykendall Hall 410,UH Mānoa
“Biologist Mark Rauzon, who spent many years studying documents related to the Pacific Project, has come to understand that the scientists themselves may have been guinea pigs for defense tests. Over fifty germ warfare tests were conducted in the Pacific during the 1960s, with substances ranging from harmless bacteria to rabbit fever. In the course of the tests, passengers on Pacific Project ships, which transported both military personnel and associated biologists, were exposed to harsh chemical cleansers, and the “harmless” bacteria have since been linked to a variety of debilitating conditions. Veterans who suffered adverse effects have been unsuccessful in requesting government compensation. Though no POBSP personnel have reported health effects, many may have been exposed. Rauzon’s efforts led to the release of many of the military’s documents related to the project, but complete records may never be provided.”
The Island Studies Journal review of Isles of Amnesia calls it “an interesting, thought-provoking and entertaining read” and “a good resource for scholars interested in these lightly-studied islands.” See the full review by downloading the PDF of the ISJ book review section (scroll down).
Isles of Amnesia: The History, Geography, and Restoration of America’s Forgotten Pacific Islands
by Mark J. Rauzon
A Latitude 20 Book | 2016 | 288 pages | 71 b&w illus.
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8248-4679-4 | $24.99
In the spirit of saving the best for last—yet in time for holiday shopping—on Saturday, December 20, 2 to 5 p.m., a trio of notable Hawai‘i authors, each of whom have a new release this fall, will appear in a group signing at Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai‘i.
The three participants are all seasoned authors, each having previously published multiple titles with UH Press:
John R. K. Clark will sign North Shore Place Names: Kahuku to Ka‘ena (paperback, $25.00). In his ninth book, Clark takes the reader on a historical tour of the North Shore of O‘ahu and uncovers the everyday lives of the residents, especially prior to the plantation era. An enormous number of references to specific North Shore locations are presented in an easy-to-use dictionary-style format, which includes original passages in Hawaiian with English translations by Keao NeSmith.
Marion Coste will sign Hawai‘i’s Animals Do the Most Amazing Things! (ages 8 and up; hardback, $14.99). Hawai‘i is home to a fascinating array of animals, most of which are found nowhere else in the world. In her fifth book with UH Press, Coste provides factual information on many of these native birds, marine life, insects, and other native animals that have developed unusual adaptations to help them survive. The colorful book is illustrated by Kona resident Rena Ekmanis.
Susan Scott will sign Call Me Captain: A Memoir of a Woman at Sea (paperback, $19.99). In a departure from her previous natural science titles, Scott’s latest is a personal account of her mid-life crisis when she was challenged by life’s transition and a failing marriage. With a mix of candor, humor, and wit, she navigates through her period of being “menopausally nuts” and her decision to sail to Palmyra Atoll—without her husband—and emerges with both a stronger sense of self and a strengthened relationship.
Everyone is invited to come by to meet these authors at a table just outside the store entrance. Books will be sold inside the shop for customers to have signed by the authors at the outside table. This is a great chance to wrap up your holiday shopping in one place!
Over 180 breathtaking videos and 220 color images of Hawai‘i’s amazing birds
Newly updated and available in digital format for the first time, these five exciting ebooks based on Jim Denny’s popularA Photographic Guide to the Birds of Hawai‘i feature captivating video and audio resources, as well as up-close images of Hawai‘i’s spectacular bird species. Readers can now experience the incredible diversity of Hawai‘i’s birds in stunning detail via tablet, mobile device, or e-reader.
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A Photographic Guide
to the Birds of Hawaii
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Wild Man from Borneo offers the first comprehensive history of the human-orangutan encounter. Arguably the most humanlike of all the great apes, particularly in intelligence and behavior, the orangutan has been cherished, used, and abused ever since it was first brought to the attention of Europeans in the seventeenth century. The red ape has engaged the interest of scientists, philosophers, artists, and the public at large in a bewildering array of guises that have by no means been exclusively zoological or ecological. One reason for such a long-term engagement with a being found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra is that, like its fellow great apes, the orangutan stands on that most uncomfortable dividing line between human and animal, existing, for us, on what has been called “the dangerous edge of the garden of nature.”
Beginning with the scientific discovery of the red ape more than three hundred years ago, this work goes on to examine the ways in which its human attributes have been both recognized and denied in science, philosophy, travel literature, popular science, literature, theatre, museums, and film. The authors offer a provocative analysis of the origin of the name “orangutan,” trace how the ape has been recruited to arguments on topics as diverse as slavery and rape, and outline the history of attempts to save the animal from extinction. Today, while human populations increase exponentially, that of the orangutan is in dangerous decline. The remaining “wild men of Borneo” are under increasing threat from mining interests, logging, human population expansion, and the widespread destruction of forests. The authors hope that this history will, by adding to our knowledge of this fascinating being, assist in some small way in their preservation.
Written by Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin
2014 | 328 pages | 55 illustrations, 2 maps
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3714-3 | $54.00 | Cloth
Conservation biologist and wildlife photographer Robert Shallenberger will share his exceptional images and knowledge on the seabirds of Hawai‘i on Thursday, December 12, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Bishop Museum. The basis for his talk is Dr. Shallenberger’s UH Press book, Hawaiian Birds of the Sea: Nā Manu Kai, which showcases many of his photos accompanied by informative text on the natural history and behavior of Hawai‘i’s seabirds. His illustrated lecture is part in the museum’s Traditions of the Pacific educational program series. Click here for more information and to RSVP online.