Juliet Kono at Manoa Valley Theatre / Juliet Kono is practically been an institution at Bamboo Ridge Press. Her provocative and evocative poetry has appeared in issue after issue of the venerable local literature journal. She published two collections of poems: Hilo Rains and Tsunami Years, as well as the recent collaborative work of linked poems with three other poets, entitled No Choice but to Follow. She’s written the short story collection, Hoolulu Park and the Pepsodent Smile and a children’s book, The Bravest ‘Opihi. But she’s never done a novel. Until now.
Anshu tells the story of a young pregnant and unmarried girl from Hilo who journeys to Tokyo in 1941, just in time for the Americans to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Taking Kono’s body of work into consideration, this is a tale long-time coming from the poet.
Kono herself was born in Hilo but is now a Honolulu resident, teaching composition and creative writing at Leeward Community College.
To celebrate the publication, Bamboo Ridge has two events planned. First is Wine & Words!, a swanky reception and reading at Manoa Valley Theatre. The second is the official book launch and reading in the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus Center Ballroom. Go to one, or even better, go to both.