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Paul G. Bens Jr.

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Born in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, far too many years ago to be honest about, Paul G. Bens, Jr., has spent the majority of his adult life in the entertainment industry. His first foray into Hollywoodland was as a casting assistant on the feature films Trip to Spirit Island and Martians Go Home. He then graduated to Casting Associate and worked for three years on the NBC hit series Night Court as well as the short-lived series Walter & Emily, Good & Evil and The Linda Lavin Show. As a film and television Casting Director he was responsible for the principal casting of such fine (ahem!) feature films as Death Ring, Evil Obsession and Flipping, as well as the television series Ned & Stacey, Malcolm & Eddie, Likely Suspects, ...more

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Paul G. Bens Jr. Sorry, been off-line. Morisu wrote the letter (his confession) and placed in the bottle in the prologue, assuming, I suppose, that it would land…moreSorry, been off-line. Morisu wrote the letter (his confession) and placed in the bottle in the prologue, assuming, I suppose, that it would land somewhere far away.

At the end, when Shimada comes up and Morisu and Morisu walks away, Morisu finds the bottle has washed back up on the same shore when Shimada is there. In essence, his confession has come back to haunt him.

It is left open to the reader's imagination what it means when Morisu tells the boy to take the confession to Shimada but I take it as Morisu believing he was meant to confess and "confessing" by having it delivered to SHimada.

In essence, Morisu is turning himself in.(less)
Paul G. Bens Jr. Hi HB! Thanks for the question.

I love this question! I would highly suggest the works of Milton Murayama, especially his book "All I Asking For is My…more
Hi HB! Thanks for the question.

I love this question! I would highly suggest the works of Milton Murayama, especially his book "All I Asking For is My Body." He also has "Five Years on a Rock" and "Plantation Boy" and "Dying in a Strange Land." All deal with the Issei and Nisei experience in Hawaii.

Also, Lois Ann Yamanaka has some wonderful work out there. Her novel "Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers" is one of my favorite.

You also might want to look up the Hawaii Book Blog on FaceBook. They have a wonderful website, but it has recently been subject to a bunch of cyber attacks; so the best way to connect with them at the moment is to follow them on FB. Misty and Alex there have their finger firmly on the pulse of the Hawaiian Literature scene.(less)
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message 11: by Mary

Mary Thanks for the friend invite!

I look forward to reading more of your work and any recommendations you throw my way!


message 10: by Nancy

Nancy Hi Paul,

Thanks for the friend request!

Wishing you all the best in 2010.

Nancy


Lavinia Ludlow Paul! I just ordered Kelland and can't wait to get started on it. I hope you're well. I don't particularly like this cold Californian weather....and have been missing "home" a lot lately ; ) Aloha! -Lavinia

PS: sorry if you get this comment a ba-jillion times on your facebook. That darn thing kept freezing then deleting then making me jump through hoops, and in the end, the comment still wouldn't post! So hopefully I have more luck with goodreads!


Lavinia Ludlow Wow Paul, you're a celeb! A well-rounded celeb since it seems like you've done so much in the entertainment field. kudos! I'll have to look up and research your movie. Sounds Asian-inspired, considering all the Asian actors. Cool beans.

Tamlyn swears a lot? Does she drink like a fish too because that'd make her right up my ally! I kid, I kid.

I remember meeting her a few years ago at some function in Cali. Boy, is she beautiful and energetic. She did such a bang up job too in Joy Luck Club. Amazing actress. Didn't she break out in the Karate Kid #2 movie too or something? Interesting!

Well, Paul, you just keep getting more and more interesting. I am glad to have met you through Casperian.

Have a great rest of the week, and maybe I'll find your Hawaiian novel in one of the small bookstores on the island. Take care!

-Lavinia


message 7: by Paul

Paul Jr. Lavinia wrote: "Hey Paul, thought I'd go directly to the source instead of stay on that one discussion board.

I'll have to check those books out. Honolulu sounds a lot like that one movie called Picture Bride. Ha..."


Hi Lavina!

I actually know Picture Bride really well...in fact my ex and I went to see it with Tamlyn (who is the coolest person on the planet) when it premiered. BTW, Tamlyn can also swear like a sailor. (I produced one movie in my life...it was Tamlyn, her then husband Stan Egi, Dustin Nguyen, Garrett Wang, Keiko Agena (who is from Hawai'i), Darion Basco and Lindsay Price...about a dozen years ago now).

"Moloka'i" is also really brilliant as it spans 60 years of the lead characters' life as a patient at Kalaupapa.

Definitely let me know if you find any new reads on O'ahu. Always looking for great new stuff from my wanna-be home.

Cheers!


Lavinia Ludlow Hey Paul, thought I'd go directly to the source instead of stay on that one discussion board.

I'll have to check those books out. Honolulu sounds a lot like that one movie called Picture Bride. Have you seen it? Tamlyn Tomita rocks a pidgin accent. It's pretty interesting.

Maybe I'll find some cool reads on Oahu to check out. I'll let you know if I find anything interesting.

Thanks for the book suggestions!!!

-Lavinia




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Paul Jr. Mie wrote: "Hi Paul.
I am a happy winner and I am looking forward to start reading the book! Thanks for inviting me:-)

Mie"


Hi Mie! Welcome to my little corner of GoodReads. And thanks for entering the giveaway. I see by the tracking that the book made it there. I hope you enjoy it.

Best,
Paul




message 4: by Mie

Mie Hi Paul.
I am a happy winner and I am looking forward to start reading the book! Thanks for inviting me:-)

Mie


message 3: by Paul

Paul Jr. Lily wrote: "Hi Paul,
Thanks for the friend request.
Lily :)"


Always a pleasure. =-)



message 2: by Lily

Lily Hi Paul,
Thanks for the friend request.
Lily :)


message 1: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hi Paul,
Always good to meet another writer.
Thanks for the friendship on Goodreads.
ROGER


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