The season is upon us: the season for racking up credit card debt, the season for those weird elf-ridden Ala Moana commercials, the season for alternative weeklies to put out special issues designed to encourage you to buy books for friends and loved ones. This Honolulu Weekly Winter Books Issue contains, as always, lots of new books from local publishers and authors, some interesting stuff from off-island, and even a nod to the too-often overlooked world of Honolulu zine-makers. The cover is devoted to a mind-blowing graphic novel from Maui-born artist R. Kikuo Johnson, and the interior to books from as far afield as the Solomon Islands, and as close to home as Kamehameha Schools. Happy holidays. Read on.
In Unsentimental journey Joel Harold interviews R. Kikuo Johnson about Johnson’s groundbreaking Night Fisher comic book that’s making waves and selling-out on the Mainland. We even have an excerpt.
W.S. Merwin has been a Maui native for over 3 decades, and a poet for even longer. Marie Carvalho writes about Merwin’s two latest releases and interviews the Pulitzer prize winner about poetry in In good company. If you don’t Merwin’s thoughts about slam poetry then the interview is a must-read.
Noe Bunnell takes on the local Zine Scene. As the creator of her own zine, Kytzyl she knows what she’s talking about. In Growing up snotty Elizabeth Stice reviews The Rise and Fall of a 10th Grade Social Climber, the story of Mimi’s travails as a transplanted Texan attending prep school. Released just in time for the young adult fiction lover in your family. Surf Breaks takes on the surfing as “sport and philosophy.”
Short Takes has an eclectic mix of books that cover The Solomon Islands, being Chinese, The Bishop Trust debacle, and love, Indian style. If you used to be a Zadie Smith fan, Jerome Klena says you just might be in luck with Zadie’s latest.
If you’re interested in reinforcing your “I live in Hawaii and you don’t” bragging rights to mainland relatives then check out the latest coffee table books that they won’t just use as a coaster.
Wuz da Nite Befo’ — must be the Keiki section.
Use the list at the right to click your way through the Weekly‘s winter words of paradise.