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  • Watermark Authors’ Summer Reading List (Part 2)

    Part Two of our authors’ summer reading list includes fourteen more titles, picked by five of our authors. These are selections that they’ve got on their own to-read piles or recommend adding to yours. If you missed Part One last week, click here to check out the first eight picks.

    Wanda Adams (editor, A Sweet Dash of Aloha and A Splash of Aloha):

    WandaAdams_webWanda is a VERY prolific reader and ardent supporter of the annual Friends of the Library book sale! She gave us a lengthy list of suggestions that she's recently finished reading, now that she's moving on to working on her FotL haul:

    Hawai‘i: A Novel by Mark Panek (Lo‘ihi Press, 2013)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction

    Why I recommend it: Mark Panek is my favorite among local authors because of his historical bent.

     

    Adé: A Love Story by Rebeccah Walker (Little A / New Harvest, 2013)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction

    Read it if you're looking for: A romance with depths.

     

    A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (Bantam, 2002 reprint)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction

    Why I was interested in reading it: To see how it matches with the TV show. I think it’s just as good, if not better.

     

    The French House by Don Wallace (Sourcebooks, 2014)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction

    Why it was on my reading list: Considering it for a possible book review article.

     

    A Shark Going Inland is My Chief by Pat Kirsch (University of California Press)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why I enjoyed it: I love science and Pat's a friend.

     

    Clear Englebert (Feng Shui for Hawaii and Feng Shui for Hawaii Gardens):

    Author and feng shui expert Clear EnglebertOn my list (currently reading): Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southeast by Tom Cox & John Ruter (University Press of Florida, 2013)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why it’s on my list: I’m an avid gardener myself and this book will be of interest to other local gardeners. It's published by the University Press of Florida, and when they publish a gardening book, Hawaii gardeners should take note. Several times a year I write reviews of tropical horticulture books for the West Hawaii Today newspaper, and this book will be included in my next review. It's a superior book with many color photographs and the plants that are recommended will do well in Hawaii (somewhere). I recommend prostrate conifers (such as juniper) for many local gardens as graceful and unique groundcovers.

     

    I suggest: My Ideal Bookshelf by Thessaly La Force, editor & Jane Mount, illustrator (Little, Brown and Company, 2012)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why I recommend it: I borrowed this book to read, and just finished it. It's a very unique book—every other page is some expert's favorite dozen (or so) books. The text on the facing page is by the expert (such as Malcolm Gladwell) explaining why those books were chosen. The authors invite people to photograph their own favorite books and say why those books were picked. This book provided much valuable research for a presentation I’m working on, "How to Build and Maintain a Home Library in Hawaii," as well as inspiring me with many new book suggestions for my personal reading. I highly recommend it to everyone.

     

    Darien Gee (Writing the Hawaii Memoir; contributor, Don’t Look Back):

    DarienGee_headshotOn my reading list: Daughters of Fire by Tom Peek (Koa Books, 2012)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction

    Why it’s on my list: This has been on my to-be-read pile for a year, and I'm looking forward to finally having the time to read it! Written by fellow Big Island author and writing instructor Tom Peek, Daughters of Fire looks like a gripping summer read.

     

    I suggest: The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor (Crown Business, 2010)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why I recommend it: The one key to success that everyone overlooks—your ability to find happiness in what you do—leads to more happiness and success in other areas of your life. Great case studies, information and inspiration. I highly recommend for anyone looking to make changes this summer.

     

    Fran Kirk (The Society of Seven)

    I suggest: Ghost Train to the Eastern Star (Houghton Mifflin, 2008) and The Happy Isles of Oceania (Putnam Pub Group, 1992) both by Paul Theroux

    Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why I recommend it: Paul is a GREAT WRITER. Couldn't get enough of him so I read two in a row.

     

    Dr. Rosalie Tatsuguchi (Why Smart People Do the Same Dumb Things):

    1-Tatsuguchi-web--0017-retouchedOn my list (currently reading): The Complete Book of Five Rings: Miyamoto Musashi, annotated and edited by Kenji Tokitsu (Shambala Publications, 2010)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why it’s on my list: I'm reading this edition because it’s more complete than other editions of Five RingsFive Rings still has so much influence on our cultural thinking and actions—not just Japanese. It has a lot of relevance for my new book, which I’m currently working on, Why Smart Men Do the Same Dumb Things.

     

    Also on my reading list: A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warrren (Metropolitan Books, 2014)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why it’s on my list: I want to read this because I admire Elizabeth Warren and want to understand how she thinks and how she matches her actions to her thoughts.

     

    Also on my reading list: Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow (Crown, 2012, hardcover; Broadway Books, 2013, softcover)

    Fiction or non-fiction: Non-fiction

    Why it’s on my list: I love Rachel Maddow on MSNBC and wanted to understand how she collects and analyzes data, and puts it all together.

  • Watermark Publishing Sweeps Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association Cookbook Awards Category

    The annual Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association’s Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards were announced Friday, May 11, 2012. Watermark Publishing’s nominees in the Cookbook category, A Sweet Dash of Aloha: Guilt-Free Hawai‘i Desserts & Snacks by Kapi‘olani Community College and The Hawai‘i Book of Rice: Tales, Trivia & 101 Great Recipes by Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi, swept the category, taking the top Award of Excellence and the Honorable Mention award, respectively.

    The judges praised A Sweet Dash of Alohafor its departure from the norm in Island cookbooks, saying,

    So many locally published cookbooks are mishmash collections of ‘local food’ recipes. A Sweet Dash of Aloha is a refreshing well-focused, well-written cookbook that offers a new angle on local flavors and ingredients, combining simplicity and clarity with a sophisticated understanding of food, nutrition and health.

    The Hawai‘i Book of Rice received compliments for its comprehensive coverage of the Aloha State’s favorite grain:

    Tsutsumi has compiled a collection of dishes that reflect local tastes while exploring new and creative uses of rice. With its recipes for salads, appetizers, entrées and desserts, The Hawaii Book of Rice is certainly versatile. The book’s chapter on the history of rice in Hawai‘i is a well-researched, delightful introduction to the recipes and offers a solid backdrop for the social and economic importance of this local staple.

    This marks the fourth consecutive year that a Watermark Publishing title has received the Award of Excellence in Cookbooks. Last year’s Award of Excellence went to The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong by Chef Alan Wong and Arnold Hiura. Previous years’ recipients were Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands by Arnold Hiura (2010) and The Island Bistro Cookbook by Chef Chai Chaowasaree (2009).

    Don’t Look Back: Hawaiian Myths Made New edited by Christine Thomas; Kapoho: Memoir of a Modern Pompeii by Frances Kakugawa; and The Cocktail Handbook: Cool Drinks from Hawai‘i’s Hottest Bartenders by Jesse Greenleaf and Amie Fujiwara were also nominated in other Ka Palapala Po‘okela categories, but did not take home awards.

    Our nominees & winners. Back row, left to right: Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi (The Hawaii Book of Rice); Christine Thomas (Don't Look Back); Amie Fujiwara and Jesse Greenleaf (The Cocktail Handbook); Watermark Publishing publisher George Engebretson. Front row: Wanda Adams and Adriana Torres Chong (A Sweet Dash of Aloha)

    Each year, the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association presents the Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards to recognize and honor the best of Hawai‘i book publishing from the previous year. “Ka Palapala Po‘okela” literally translated from Hawaiian means “excellent manuscript. ”

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