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Western Samoan poet and writer Sia Figiel, winner of the 1997 Commonwealth Writer's Prize for the best first book in the Southeast Asia and South Pacific Region, will present a public reading in Honolulu on May 21.

Ms. Figiel will offer excerpts from her award-winning work, Where We Once Belonged, a fictional, poetic exploration of adolescence. It is written primarily in English, with some sections in Samoan.

In London, where Figiel received the Commonwealth Prize April 29, the judges commended the Samoan book for "its ability to evoke an entire community in all its vivid details."

The reading, presented by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, will take place at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

DETAILS: Wednesday, May 21, 1997 Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii at Manoa 7:30 p.m. No charge Presented by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies Co-sponsored by: Hawaii Literary Arts Council Department of English, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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