Lookout Wednesday in the Honolulu Advertiser’s Island Life section for my feature on Nicholas Christopher’s newest novel The Bestiary. We talked over the phone last month about his connection to Hawai`i, taking his protagonist Xeno Atlas (such a great name) into the belly of the beast, and about his many books under construction. I thoroughly enjoyed his book, which was an emotional, spiritual and cerebral adventure.

In the September issue of Paste Magazine my long review of Denis Johnson’s behemoth new novel Tree of Smoke appears. I’ve already heard from a kind reader who saw the review and alerted me to its publication. You can order a trial issue on their website, though the review is not yet posted there. I’ll provide the link on Literary Lotus when it does.

If you missed Sunday’s WIMR, click on the Don Horner link down and to the right to read about why this First Hawaiian banker is reading about Napoleonic lords. Next up, Maile Shimabukuro, the Hawai`i State Representative for Waianae-Makua will run this Sunday.

Coming next month: Paul Theroux and a review of his new book The Elephanta Suite: Three Novellas.

And in the meantime August is personal reading and writing time, hooray!