Start reading now for Book Clubs & Literature Festival
The Celebrate Reading: Book Clubs & Literature Festival isn't until the end of the month, but to be prepared, you've got to start reading now.
Pick a few books off this list and prepare to discuss them at the annual event sponsored by the Hawaii Writing Project and Hawaii Council of Teachers of English.
The festival offers a venue for leisure readers and book club members to discuss their readings with 20 authors.
It takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at the Campus Center Ballroom at University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Authors include Chris Crutcher, Lakambini Sitoy, Celestine Vaite, Graham Salisbury, Lynne Cox, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Matthew Kaopio and more.
Haruki Murakami kicks off the event on April 26 with a reading at 7:30 p.m., followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. Participants will meet with authors in three 45-minute conversations.
Admission is free. Pre-register by contacting Lorna Hershinow at 239-9726 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A pizza lunch may be ordered for $5.
Festival organizers suggest reading at least three books from this list.
"Kafka on the Shore," Haruki Murakami (or any other novel; opening reading)
"Whale Talk," Chris Crutcher
"Behold the Many" or "Blu's Hanging," Lois-Ann Yamanaka
"The Eyes of the Emperor" or "Under the Blood Red Sun," Graham Salisbury
"The Legend of Fire Horse Woman," Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
"Written in the Sky," Matthew Kaopio
"The Tattoo" or "Bolohead Row," Chris McKinney
"Rolling the R's," R. Zamora Linmark
"Murder on Molokai" or "Wipeout" (detective series), Chip Hughes
"Frangipani" or "Breadfruit" (Tahitian series), Celestine Vaite
"Cloud of Sparrows" or "Autumn Bridge" (samurai series), Takashi Matsuoka
"The Secret Life of Bees," Sue Monk Kidd (facilitated by bee-keeper Howard McGinnis and political scientist Petrice Flowers)
"The Last of the Dream People," Alice Anne Parker
"Big Mouth" or "Ugly Girl," Joyce Carol Oates (facilitated by Tammy Pavich)
"Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman" (or any story collection), Haruki Murakami
"Jungle Planet and Other Stories," Lakambini Sitoy
"Farewell to Manzanar," Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (and Jim Houston)
"King of the Mild Frontier," Chris Crutcher
"Swimming to Antarctica" or "Grayson," Lynne Cox
"Night," Elie Wiesel
" 'Oiwi," third edition (essays by Hawaiian authors)
Saturday column by Lakambini Sitoy, www.Manilatimes.net
"Gaijin Yokozuna: A Biography of Chad Rowan," Mark Panek
"Eddie Would Go," Stuart Coleman
"Kealoha" (CD), Kealoha
" 'Oiwi," third edition (many poets), with Alohi Ae'a
"Prime-Time Apparitions," R. Zamora Linmark
Holocaust poetry, published and discussed by Jody Helfand
"As You Like It," Shakespeare (discussed by director Paul Mitri and cast)