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Saturday, October 27, 2001


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Jeanne Houston to read

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, a Japanese American author who was interned at Manzanar during World War II, will read a portion of her new novel, "Fire Horse Woman," at Native Books and Beautiful Things, Ward Warehouse, at 7 tonight. Co-sponsored by the local journal MANOA, the reading is free to the public.

"Fire Horse Woman," is an epic tale that traces three generations of Japanese American women from the turn-of-the-20th century to the end of World War II. An excerpt from this novel is reprinted in "Silence to Light," the summer 2001 issue of the local journal MANOA, published by the University of Hawaii Press.

Born in Inglewood, Calif., Houston co-authored "Farewell to Manzanar," the true story of her family's experience during and after the World War II internment. Now in its 56th printing, the book has become a standard work in schools and on campuses across the country.

Last year, "Farewell to Manzanar" was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the 20th century's 100 best nonfiction books from west of the Rockies. For the NBC television drama based upon this book, she and her husband received an Emmy Award Nomination and the prestigious Humanitas Prize.

She also wrote "Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder," the true story of one American soldier's compassionate work with Eurasian orphans in Vietnam.

Fonda due at HIFF

Peter Fonda will attend his first Hawaii International Film Festival to show his film "The Hired Hand."

The newly remastered version of the 1971 film, which Fonda directed, will be shown at 9:45 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Waikiki 1.

In the film Fonda plays Harry Collings, who returns home to his farm after drifting with a friend. Harry's wife, who had given up on him, reluctantly allows him to stay, and soon believes that all will be well again. But then Harry has to make a difficult decision regarding his loyalties and priorities.

"The Hired Hand" also stars Warren Oates, Verna Bloom and Robert Pratt.

Fonda arrives in Honolulu Thursday and will leave the day after the screening.

Fonda, 62, the son of Henry Fonda, has appeared in more than 70 films and television programs including "The Limey," "Ulee's Gold," "Escape from L.A.," "The Cannonball Run," "Futureworld" and 1969's "Easy Rider."

Also confirmed to attend the 21st annual HIFF is Mililani born and raised actor Maggie Quigley, known as Maggie Q. Quigley, who lives in Hong Kong, co-stars in "Gen-Y-Cops," which makes its U.S. debut at this year's festival.



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