Kiana Davenport

Kiana Davenport (born Diana Davenport in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American author of part-Hawaiian ancestry. She is the author of critically acclaimed novels Shark Dialogues (1994) and Song of the Exile, both of which explore aspects of life as a Polynesian in Western society. Her most recent novel was the bestselling House of Many Gods. All three books are connected combining Hawaiian family saga with references to Hawaiian political and social history from the 18th century to present days. She has also written two Kindle eBooks namely "House of Skin" and "Cannibal Nights". The latter was released in July 2011.

Her novel The Spy Lover recounts the story of a Chinese immigrant soldier, Johnny Tom, caught in the tumult of U.S. Civil War. The novel is based on the author's family history. Published by Thomas & Mercer, the book was released on 28 August 2012. The Soul Ajar: A Love Story, was published in October 2014. [1]

She was also a 1992-93 Fiction Fellow at the Bunting Institute at Harvard-Radcliffe. Her novels have been translated into fourteen foreign languages. Her short stories have been included in "The O. Henry Awards Anthologies", "The Pushcart Prize Collection", and "The Best American Short Stories, 2000". She has received the Eliot Cades Awards in Literature, and a writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Hawaii ( (listen) hə-WY-ee; Hawaiian: Hawaiʻi [həˈvɐjʔi]) is a state of the United States of America. It is the only state located in the Pacific Ocean and the only state composed entirely of islands.

The state encompasses nearly the entire Hawaiian archipelago, 137 islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km). The volcanic archipelago is physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania. At the southeastern end of the archipelago, the eight main islands are, in order from northwest to southeast: Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and Hawaiʻi. The last is the largest island in the group; it is often called the "Big Island" or "Hawaiʻi Island" to avoid confusion with the state or archipelago.

Hawaii is the 8th smallest geographically and the 11th least populous, but the 13th most densely populated of the 50 states. It is the only state with an Asian American plurality. Hawaii has over 1.4 million permanent residents, along with many visitors and U.S. military personnel. The state capital and largest city is Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu. The state's ocean coastline is about 750 miles (1,210 km) long, the fourth longest in the U.S., after the coastlines of Alaska, Florida, and California. Hawaii is the most recent state to join the union, on August 21, 1959. It was an independent nation until 1898.

Hawaii's diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches, oceanic surroundings, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists. Because of its central location in the Pacific and 19th-century labor migration, Hawaii's culture is strongly influenced by North American and East Asian cultures, in addition to its indigenous Hawaiian culture.

Hawaiian literature

Hawaiian literature has its origins in Polynesian mythology. It was originally preserved and expanded solely through oral traditions, as the ancient Hawaiians never developed a writing system. Written literature in the Hawaiian language and literary works in other languages by authors resident in Hawaii did not appear until the nineteenth century, when the arrival of American missionaries introduced the English language, the Latin alphabet, and Western notions of composition to the kingdom.

The earliest compilations of traditional Hawaiian writing were made by John Papa ʻĪʻī, Samuel Kamakau, Kepelino Keauokalani, and David Malo. They were succeeded by King Kalākaua, Martha Beckwith, Abraham Fornander, and William Drake Westervelt, all of whom produced later collections retelling or adapting Hawaii's oral histories.

Other noted authors whose works feature Hawaiian settings and themes, or who were temporarily resident in Hawaii, include Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Jack London. Detective novelist Earl Derr Biggers is remembered chiefly for his books set in early twentieth century Honolulu, whose protagonist is Chinese-Hawaiian detective Charlie Chan.Hawaiian literature in the latter half of the twentieth century was characterized by both rapid growth and an increasing emphasis on realism, sometimes influenced by the Second Hawaiian Renaissance and the Hawaiian sovereignty movement.

List of fiction set in Shanghai

This is a list of novels set in Shanghai, China.

The Blue Lotus by Hergé

Chang Kai and the House of Hong by Robert de Vries

A Circle Has No End by Tony Henderson

The Concubine of Shanghai by Hong Ying

The Corps Book One by W.E.B. Griffin

Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

Distant Land of My Father by Bo Caldwell

Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard

Five Star Billionnaire by Tash Aw

Fist of the Blue Sky, by Tetsuo Hara, Buronson

The House Of Memory - A Novel Of Shanghai by Nicholas R. Clifford

The Immortals: a Novel of Shanghai by Natasha Peters

El judío de Shanghai by Emilio Calderón

Love in a Fallen City, a collection of short-stories by Eileen Chang, Karen S. Kingsbury translator

Man's Fate by Andre Malraux

The Master of Rain by Tom Bradby

The Painter of Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein

Shanghai by Christopher New

Shanghai by William Leonard Marshall

Shanghai: a novel by Yokomitsu Riichi (translated with a postscript by Dennis Washburn)

Shanghai Baby: A Novel by Wei Hui

Shanghai Dancing by Brian Castro

Shanghai Foxtrot by Mu Shiying (translated by Sean Macdonald)

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Shanghai hotel by Vicki Baum

Shanghai Kiss by Kern Konwiser and David Ren

Shanghai Scarlet, a historical novel 1920s – 1940s by Margaret Blair

Shanghai Tango by William Overgard

Shanghai 66 by Jon Clay

Shibumi by Trevanian

Song of the Exile by Kiana Davenport

The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai by Han Bangqing (translated by Eileen Chang)

The Song of Everlasting Sorrow by Wang Anyi

That Summer in ShanghaI by Bob de Vries

When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro

White Shanghai. A Novel of the Roaring Twenties in China by Elvira Baryakina

Lois-Ann Yamanaka

Lois-Ann Yamanaka (born September 7, 1961) is an American poet and novelist from Hawaiʻi. Many of her literary works are written in Hawaiian Pidgin, and some of her writing has dealt with controversial ethnic issues. In particular, her works confront themes of Asian American families and the local culture of Hawaiʻi.

Shangri La (Doris Duke)

The Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design is housed in the former home of Doris Duke near Diamond Head just outside Honolulu, Hawaii. It is now owned and operated as a public museum of the arts and cultures of the Islamic world by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA). Guided tours depart from the Honolulu Museum of Art, which operates the tours in co-operation with DDFIA.

Construction of Shangri La took place from 1936 to 1938, after Doris Duke's 1935 honeymoon which took her through the Islamic world. For nearly 60 years, Duke commissioned and collected artworks for the space, eventually forming a collection of over 4,000 objects. The structure was designed by Marion Sims Wyeth. An artistic reflection of the construction of Shangri La can be found in Kiana Davenport's novel Song of the Exile.The building was opened to the public as a museum, the Shangri La Museum for Islamic Art, Design & Culture, in 2002.

The Best American Short Stories 2000

The Best American Short Stories 2000, a volume in The Best American Short Stories series, was edited by Katrina Kennison and by guest editor E. L. Doctorow.

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