BAMBOO RIDGE E-News for 05/07/11

Happy May to all of you friends of BAMBOO RIDGE, and Happy Birthday to all the May folks. I hope the Easter Bunny brought you everything on your wish list.

Congratulations to Juliet S. Kono! Juliet's ANSHU: DARK SORROW won the Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association's Ka Palapala Poʻokela Award for Excellence in Literature at a gala event Friday evening, May 6, at the Mission Houses Museum. Go Juliet!

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Don't forget that The Great BR Fishing & Wishing 100 – 100 Contest continues. This month's two writing theme choices are:

1. The Shrine
2. Communion

Here are the April winners with the awards they've won. Each receives a $10 Bamboo Bucks credit for use in the BRP online bookstore:

Da mos Honolulu Traffic Is Doodoo — An So Is Everyt'ing Else Award:

"Changing Lanes," by teter

Da mos Why Kids Gotta Be Obtuse an Break da Parents' Hearts? Award:

"A Letter I Will Never Send to My Son in College," by shrllgsp5

Da mos Brian, You Really Are a Frickin Jackass Award:

"I nevah know my mada was one lesbian," by A. Soyama

Da mos Royal Pain in da Butt Award:

"The Perfect Gift," by Tuatua E. Safoa

Check out the rules for the contest and make sure to submit your entries by May 31 at 2:00 p.m. HST:

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If you've not yet read the May BRP newsletter, you can see it here:

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Don't miss the Hawaii Book and Music Festival, May 14 and 15. Visit us at the BRP table:

and join us there Saturday for Part One of the release of BR Issue #98:

BR subscribers should be receiving their copies of Issue #98 in the mail shortly. If you've not yet received your tax refunds, this is yet another reason to run to your mailbox over the next week or so : )

One of the very cool events at this year's festival will be the Keiki Tag Poetry reading by Maʻemaʻe School fourth graders. And if you loved the world famous Word Bag contest last year, you'll have a chance to compete again this year and maybe win big!

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Part Two of the Issue #98 release will take place on Sunday, May 22, at Native Books – Na Mea Hawaiʻi, Ward Warehouse:

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And speaking of tax refunds, if you have received them already, please consider either subscribing to BR or making a tax deductible donation to support the BR cause : )

If you subscribe now, you'll get Issue #98 hot off the press, and if you kick in for a lengthy subscription you could be all set to receive, THREE YEARS ON DOREEN'S SOFA (#99), a novel by Lee Cataluna; BR #100; THE HOUSE OF LUKE (#101), a novel by Tyler Miranda; BR #102, and so on.

Mahalo nui loa!

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Last but certainly not least, save the date for the always wild Wine & Words, Tuesday evening, July 19th, at Manoa Valley Theatre. If you're like me, you'd wish it were Beer & Books, but what the heck. A borderline vice-squad raid targeted good time should still be had by all — probably most especially by wine drinkers : )

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Until next time, everybody take good care, stay well, and write on!

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Bamboo Ridge Press was founded in 1978 to foster the appreciation, understanding, and creation of literary, visual, or performing arts by, for, or about Hawaiʻi's people. BRP is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts, and the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities.

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