Bamboo Ridge announces the book launch and reading of Leeward Language Arts faculty member, Juliet S. Kono's first novel, Anshu: Dark Sorrow. Based on real life events, Anshu: Dark Sorrow is a tale of passion and human triumph in the face of extraordinary adversity, spanning the cane fields of Hawai'i and the devastation in Hiroshima. The book launch and reading is presented on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00 pm in the UHM Campus Center Ballroom. The event is free and open ot the public.
Kono’s previous publications include two books of poetry, a collaborative work of linked poems with three other poets, a short story collection, and a children’s book. She has also been anthologized widely.
Kono has won numerous awards, including the Elliot Cades Award for Literature, the James Clavell Award for Fiction, the American Japanese National Literary Award, the Ka Palapala Po’okela Award for Excellence in Literature and a U.S./Japan Friendship Commission Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship. In 2006, she won the Hawai‘i Award for Literature
Born and raised in Hilo, Hawai‘i, she now lives in Honolulu with her husband and teaches composition and creative writing at Leeward Community College. Details on the September 28 launch.