About Us

Our Story

Books & Spirits is a collaboration between noted author Stuart Holmes Coleman and serial entrepreneur and executive Mark Watkins.

We are passionate lovers of books and reading, and believe books change lives. Reading good books is an essential balance to the deluge of internet and TV trivia we get every day. This project is one of the ways we are trying to encourage more reading.

stuartStuart Holmes Coleman is a writer, speaker, surfer and environmental organizer.  Coleman is the award-winning author of Eddie Would Go, Fierce Heart and more than 60 published articles and poems. His newest book is called Eddie Aikau: Hawaiian Hero (Bess Press, 2016).  Along with the Eliot Cades Award for Literature, he has won writing fellowships at The Mesa Refuge, The Norman Mailer Center and Vaughan Park in New Zealand.  Coleman has taught writing, literature and leadership at Punahou and Iolani Schools, the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center.  He currently works as the Hawaii Manager of the Surfrider Foundation.

Mark Watkins

Mark Watkins is the founder of The Hawaii Project, a personalized book recommendation engine. Mark was previously CEO & co-founder of goby, a mobile recommendation engine for finding fun things to do, and VP of Engineering at Endeca, a search platform, since acquired by Oracle. He splits time between the Boston area and Hawaii.




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