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  • Watermark Authors’ Summer Reading List (Part 1)

    We asked our authors what books they've got on their summer reading list and what they’d suggest you to add to your list. As you might guess, these writers are also voracious readers and were enthusiastic about sharing—some gave us more than one pick!—so we’ve had to split our list into two parts. Here are eight suggestions from six of our authors. (Check in next week for more suggestions!)

    Karen Anderson (The Hawaii Home Book)

    KarenAndersonOn my reading list: The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader: An Eyewitness History of the Civil War's Greatest Battle by Rod Gragg (Regnery Publishing, 2013)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why it’s on my list: I am planning a trip to Gettysburg and want to read up about the battle. This is a recently published book that includes rare, first-hand accounts, letters, speeches and article by the people who lived through the three-day conflict in 1863.

     

    Gov. Benjamin Cayetano (BEN: A Memoir)

    BenCayetano_WebI suggest: The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro (Knopf Doubleday, 1975)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why I recommend it: I've reread this book at least once every other year since I bought it in 1980. Fascinating story about Robert Moses, a powerful public official who virtually built New York.

     

    Frances Kakugawa (Kapoho: Memoir of A Modern Pompeii; Mosaic Moon; the Wordsworth the Poet series):

    fhk_webOn my reading list: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (Knopf, 2014)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction

    Why it’s on my list: I consider Murakami one of the best authors out of Japan. He was a strong contender for the Nobel Prize this year. I found his last book IQ84 a masterpiece so am eagerly waiting for his August release of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki.

     

    Marion Lyman-Mersereau (Eddie Wen’ Go; contributor, Don’t Look Back):

    marion_hdst-(for-web)On my reading list: Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury (Laurel Leaf, 2005)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction

    Why it’s on my list: I’m on a mission to read award-winning YA literature.

     

    I suggest (and am also re-reading!): The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper Perennial Modern Classics, reissued 2008)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction

    Why I recommend it: I love what she's done with each character's unique voice in a separate chapter.

     

    Christine Thomas (editor, Don’t Look Back):

    ChristineThomas_webOn my reading list: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Little, Brown and Company, 2013)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction

    Why it’s on my list: I've been trying to find time to finish this Booker Prize-winning novel from last year. It's a beast of book, more than 800 pages, and immediately transports you to the New Zealand gold rush around the time my husband's great-great grandfather was there making his way in the world.

     

    Lance Tominaga (The Hawaii Sports Trivia Challenge; A Prophecy Fulfilled)

    I suggest: Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s byJeff Pearlman (Gotham, 2014)

    LanceTominagaFiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why I recommend it: I’m not a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, but I still regard their “Showtime” teams of the 1980s to be the most entertaining product in the history of basketball. Big stars, bigger egos and the pressure to win – all wrapped neatly in Hollywood glitz – make for compelling storytelling. Author Jeff Pearlman dug deep to uncover a lot of behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and he presents the history of this team in a way that is readable and engaging. It is not only the authoritative look at the 1980s Lakers, it is the finest book I’ve read about any NBA franchise – even better than David Halberstam’s The Breaks of the Game.

     

    I also suggest: Any Given Number—Who Wore it Best, from 0 to 99 by Sports Illustrated (Sports Illustrated, 2014)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why I recommend it: Which athlete is the greatest to ever wear number 24? Is it Kobe Bryant? Willie Mays? Ken Griffey Jr. or Jeff Gordon? Written by the staff at Sports Illustrated, this is a fun read for even the most casual of sports fans. From 0 to 99, the book selects the top athletes associated with each number, and lists the deserving also-rans as well. It’s light reading, to be sure, loaded with photos and graphics. But it’s certain to generate debates within your group of sports-loving friends.

  • Hawaii Book & Music Festival 2013

    Come see us at the annual
    Hawaii Book & Music Festival!

    Saturday, May 18 (10AM - 5PM)
    Sunday, May 19 (10AM - 6PM)
    Honolulu Hale Grounds

    This year, our booth has moved and we'll be right next to the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion, where all weekend long, authors and experts will talk about "Telling Lives" in a series of discussion panels centered on the theme of memoir and biography. Several of our own Watermark Publishing authors will be taking part on the panels, and if you're interested in publishing your own memoir, come talk to us about our new imprint, Legacy Isle Publishing!

    Our booth is located in the new "Hawaii Publishers Village" so you can shop not just our books, but the rest of the local publishers' as well.  This is a wonderful opportunity to score great deals, support the Island publishing industry and discover new books from local authors! We already said "great deals" but we just can't emphasize enough the fantastic bargains you'll find on books! (Scroll down to the end of this post for a special coupon offer from us.)

    Here's a look at which of our authors will be taking part in the Festival and where you can find them:

    2013SpeakersGov. Ben Cayetano
    BEN: A Memoir from Street Kid to Governor
    Sat., May 18 | 10AM
    “Kiss & Tell — The Naked Truth”
    Telling Lives Discussion Panel
    Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion

    Makia Malo with Pamela Young & Jeff Gere
    My Name is Makia: A Memoir of Kalaupapa
    Sat., May 18 | 10AM
    Talk-Story and Reading
    ALANA Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

    Andrew Catanzariti, illustrator
    Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!
    Sat., May 18 | Noon
    Children’s Book Read-Aloud
    Illustrating Children’s Books Discussion
    Keiki Read-Aloud Pavilion

    Gail Miyasaki & Ted Tsukiyama (Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board)
    Japanese Eyes, American Heart — Vol. 2
    Voices from the Home Front in World War II Hawaii
    Sat., May 18 | 3PM
    “Living Memory — Honoring the Past”
    Telling Lives Discussion Panel
    Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion

    Tom Moffatt
    Showman of the Pacific: 50 Years of Radio & Rock Stars
    Sun., May 19 | 3PM
    “Perfect Pitch — Telling Musical Lives”
    Telling Lives Discussion Panel
    Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion

    And, as promised, here's a special savings coupon for you! Bring it to our booth on Saturday, May 18, or Sunday, May 19, and we'll give you $10 off your $25 purchase. (Sorry, but the discount does not apply to purchases of our super bargain priced used books, and cannot be combined with other offers.)

    HBMF2013CouponCan't make it to the Festival? We're sad to hear we won't see you. But you can still get a 25% discount on our books by shopping online during the HBMF week (May 13 through 19). Free shipping on all orders over $25. Use coupon code HBMF13 at www.bookshawaii.net. (Excludes our used book selections.)

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