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Tinfish Editor’s Blog

There are a few local literary blogs worth mentioning here. Hawaii Book Blog (soon to be “Hawaii Reads”), because of its comprehensive literary calendar and plethora of local lit reviews, and Literary Lotus because writer, Christine Thomas checks in on more than just literature, including travel, profiles, art, food and culture, and pretty much all things pertaining to the Pacific Rim.

But one blog stands out among the others. Tinfish Editor’s Blog, founded by TinFish Press editor and poet, Susan Schultz, digs in to literary “places” which most of us find…a bit uncomfortable.

Commenting on her work in Dementia Blog, Schultz writes:

“Because I was an only child, and because I did not know family outside my parents until much later in my life, and because my mother’s friends fell away during her long illness, there is no one with whom to share stories about her. It’s an odd chamber, this. No one to sit around a big table talking Martha with…To start now seems impertinent; no one wants to hear them out, because they no longer signify her, but her death. Discomfort attends death, and death blocks memory’s passages, even when the stories were damn funny.”

This isn’t even a jumping-off point when describing Schultz’s blog. Go there. She’ll make you laugh. She’ll make you angry. She’ll inspire the writer in you. –

Best local fiction writer

Winner: Lois Ann Yamanaka

Runner-up: Lee Cataluna

Best local poet

Winner: William Merwin

Runners-up: Kealoha and Lee Tonouchi

Best memoir by a local writer

Winner: The Queen and I, by Sydney Laukea

Best reading/meet-the-author venue

Winner: M.I.A. Art and Literary Series

Runner-up: Na Mea Books

Best writer in pidgin

Winner: Donald Carreira Ching

Runner-up: Lisa Matsumoto

Best book of Hawaii history

Winner: Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands, by Gavan Daws

Best cultural festival

Winner: Okinawan Festival

Runner-up: Greek Festival of Hawaii

Best art exhibition

Winner: Tattoo Exhibit at Honolulu Museum of Art

Best film

Winner: The Descendants

Best hula halau

Winner: Mapuana de Silva

Best local painter

Winners: Patrice Federspiel and Solomon Enos (tie)

Best local photographer

Winner: Rita Coury

Runner-up: Cheyne Gallarde

Best local ceramist

Winners: Jeff Chang, Nolan Hong, Claude Horan (tie)

Best local singer

Winner: Anuhea

Runner-up: Kealii Reichel

Best local indie music

Winner: Pimpbots

Runner-up: Sing the Body

Best Jazz Group

Winner: The Deadbeats

Runners-up: The Bentos, Satomi Yarimizu, Hot Club of Hulaville, Honolulu Jazz Quartet

(Nightlife)

Best dance venue

Winner: Addiction

Runner-up: M Nightclub

Best new nightclub

Winner: Addiction

Runner-up: M nightclub

Best exclusive venue

Winner: Addiction

Runner-up: M Nightclub

Best beach/pool bar

Winner: The Modern Honolulu

Runner-up: Rumfire

Best restaurant for live Hawaiian music

Winner: Mai Tai’s

Runners-up: Kani Ka Pila Grille and Chai’s Island Bistro