The 2011 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards gala is coming soon (Friday, May 6) and to generate excitement for the event as well as educate the public on the nominees, I am doing a countdown, quickly highlighting the books nominated for each awards category. Where applicable, I will link to book reviews from Hawaiʻi Book Blog.

Next up on our list are the books that will entice all you fiction readers out there.

See our previous nominees posts:

Excellence in Literature

Books for children where illustrations or photographs are the essence of the presentation.

Anshū: Dark Sorrow
Juliet S. Kono
Bamboo Ridge Press, 2010
327 pages, paperback
ISBN: 0910043833
Link: [Hawaii Book Blog review]

If You Live in a Small House
Sandra Park
Mutual Publishing, 2010
200 pages, paperback
ISBN: 1566479274
Link: [Hawaii Book Blog review]

Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English
edited by Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri, and Robert Sullivan
University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2010
281 pages, paperback
ISBN: 0824835417

No Choice but to Follow
Jean Yamasaki Toyama, Juliet S. Kono, Ann Inoshita, Christy Passion
Bamboo Ridge Press, 2010
151 pages, paperback
ISBN: 9780910043823
Link: [Hawaii Book Blog review]

Tweakerville: Life and Death in Hawaiʻi’s Ice World
Alexei Melnick
Mutual Publishing, 2010
276 pages, paperback
ISBN: 1566479339
Link: [Hawaii Book Blog review]

Wow, what an excellent collection of fiction and poetry.  If you enjoy novels or poetry collections you can’t go wrong with any of these.  This may be the category in which we’ve reviewed the highest percentage of nominees (just missing Mauri Ola), so if you’re interested in any of these books, read our reviews!  Of course, if you’ve read any or all of these books, we’d love to hear your thoughts on them and who you think is most deserving to win the Excellence in Literature award.

Remember, you can attend the 2011 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards gala on Friday, May 6 at the Mission Houses Museum. This year’s gala event will be hosted by Kimo Kahoano and Carole Kai, with entertainment by the award-winning musical group, Nā Leo. Enjoy ʻono pupu, cocktails and gourmet chocolates by Choco leʻa. Come early and tour the Mission Houses Museum. To purchase tickets, please visit