Reading: Liz Prato: Volcanoes, Palm Trees & Privilege
Annie Bloom's welcomes back Portland author Liz Prato to read from her new book, Volcanoes, Palm Trees & Privilege: Essays on Hawai'i, one of the New York Times Best Summer Travel Books. Prato will be joined for a lively in-conversation with James Eliot Jones, a surfer and musician raised on O‘ahu. The event will take place next door to Annie Bloom's at Gastromania, with food and drink!
Liz Prato combines lyricism, research and humor to explore her role as a white tourist in a seemingly paradisiacal land that has been largely formed and destroyed by white outsiders. Hawaiian history, pop culture, and contemporary affairs are masterfully woven with her personal narrative of loss and survival in linked essays, offering unique insight into how the touristic ideal of Hawai'i came to be, and what Hawai'i is at its core.
“Liz Prato’s profound meditations on place dislocate and then relocate understandings of Hawaiʻi from the point of view of the non-native visitor. This book is a love letter to the land and people of Hawaiʻi, with a keen awareness that some people must let their story of this place go. Breathtaking." —Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water and Book of Joan.
"Searching, wise, intimate and illuminating, Liz Prato’s Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege is a complicated love letter to a place and a powerful reckoning of a life. I was moved and astonished by this beautiful book." – Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild