Go forth and Read!
It’s no surprise that at Basically Books we love books and reading! There are many organizations in and around Hilo and the Big Island that share our passion for and support of the written word, as well as many great authors right here in the islands! Check out our links for fellow readers below for local writers’ blogs, local and global organizations that support reading and literacy, and more!
- Hawaii Book Blog
Hawaii Book Blog exists to showcase the diverse literature of Hawaii and provide people with a comprehensive platform to learn and discuss books about Hawaii and the Pacific, books by local authors, or books published by local companies.
- Clear Englebert
Our friend Clear Englebert is a feng shui author who consults in Hawaii and worldwide. Visit his website to learn more about his work.
- Lois–Ann Yamanaka
One of Hawaii’s most popular novelists, Lois–Ann Yamanaka’s books include Blu’s Hanging
and Name Me Nobody
. Visit her website to learn more about Na’au, her writing program for students grades 1 – 12.
- Graham Salisbury
Graham Salisbury’s novels for young adult reader have been celebrated widely with praise and distinguished awards. His books include Blue Skin of the Sea
, Under the Blood–Red Sun
, Jungle Dogs
, and many more.
- Kaui Hart Hemmings
Kaui Hart Hemmings is the author of The Descendants, a novel, and House of Thieves, a collection of short stories. The Descendants has been adapted into a feature film.
- Dietrich Varez
Dietrich Varez is a well–known Big Island artist and author. He has retold and illustrated many Hawaiian myths and stories in his signature block print style, including two published by Petroglyph Press: Hina, The Goddess
and Pele and Hi’iaka, A Tale of Two Sisters
- Kathleen Porter
Hilo author and movement educator Kathleen Porter has written two informative and accessible books about spinal health: Ageless Spine, Lasting Health
, and Sad Dog, Happy Dog
(a guide to children’s spinal health).
- John L. Turner
John L. Turner is the author of Medicine, Miracles, and Manifestations, a medical doctor’s journey through non–traditional healing methods on the Big Island.
- Tom Peek
Tom Peek’s professional work ranges from university publications to late–night radio comedy, and includes books, magazine articles, newspaper commentaries, national park exhibits and award–winning video productions. His latest publication is the poplar novel Daughters of Fire
Have we forgotten anyone? Send us an email!