Capturing a Community’s Stories

By: Lori Ward  

Author Neil Gaiman, in the second annual Reading Agency lecture, said, “books are the way that we communicate with the dead. The way that we learn lessons from those who are no longer with us, that humanity has built on itself, progressed, made knowledge incremental rather than something that has to be relearned, over and over.” Focusing on the conference theme of “Publishing Practices: Past, Present, and Future,” this paper is based on a case study of a book that was produced for the specific and deliberate purpose of capturing a story that was important to a specific group within the community before that story was lost. It addresses all three of the conference concerns of access, diversity, and democracy as they apply to a project that responded to a specialty publishing need. The discussion focuses on one purpose of a book, as described by Gaiman, to learn from those who are no longer with us, and will discuss both the process of producing a book for this purpose and the decisions that were made about design and publishing formats.

Print, Specialty publishing, Community
Publishing Practices: Past, Present, and Future
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Lori Ward

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

I am the managing editor at the Curriculum Research & Development Group at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. My edirotial projects are typically elementary and secondary curricula in science, mathematics, social studies, English, and learning technologies. I have also edited children's picture books as well as trade books and journals in the area of Native Hawaiian culture and current events. I also collaborate with edcators from around the Pacific region through the Pacific Circle Consortium.