Mark your calenders for May 16: Two must-attend readings by Hawaii Authors

The first, from 4 – 5.30pm, sees Hawai’i honoring writers Paul Theroux and Joe Tsujimoto as the 2008 winners of the Elliot Cades Awards for Literature.

Established Writer Paul Theroux spends part of each year in Hawaii and is perhaps best known for his travel literature, most recently the absorbing GHOST TRAIN TO THE EASTERN STAR.

Emerging Writer Joe Tsujimoto moved to Hawai’i in 1971 and teaches eighth grade English at Punahou School, and recently published his first short story collection with Bamboo Ridge called Morningside Heights: New York Stories.

The Cades Awards, given annually for the past twenty years, are administered by the Hawaii Literary Arts Council, founded in 1974 and encouraging and promoting literature and literary activity in Hawaii ever since.

What: Theroux and Tsujimoto read from recent works
: Hawai’i Book and Music Festival, Mission Memorial Auditorium on the Honolulu Municipal Center grounds
When: May 16, 4-5.30 PM

Next, from 6-8.30, celebrate the launch of WESTLAKE: Poems by Wayne Kaumualii Westlake (1947-1984), coedited by Mei-Li Siy and Richard Hamasaki, published by the University of Hawai’i Press. [You can read my enthusiastic review here]

The event will be held at THIRTYNINEHOTEL and features interpretative readings and performances from WESTLAKE by Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri, Imaikalani Kalahele, Haunani-Kay Trask, Robert Sullivan, Kathryn Waddell Takara, Kuualoha Hoomanawanui (with Kuleana çØiwi Press), Senator Russell Kokubun, Lee Tonouchi, Sage Uçilani Takehiro, TravisT (of Youth Speaks and Kids Talk Story), Brenda Kwon, Brandy Nålani McDougall and Ryan Oishi
(with Kahuaomånoa Press), Steven Rosenthal with Richard Hamasaki, also featuring Michael Puleloa, MC, H. Doug Matsuoka, DJ, and a special guest appearance by Brother Noland.

What: Interpretive readings from WESTLAKE: Poems
When: May 16, 6-8.30pm
Where: 39 Hotel, Chinatown, Honolulu