It’s time…it’s time…it’s Book End Time!  Welcome to this week’s Book End, highlighting the weekend’s literary and library events here in Hawaii.

Wow, what a busy week!  The Hawaii Book & Music Festival (HBMF) took up all of our weekend, but it was worth it and you can read our recap of the event here.  It was also Children’s Book Week the previous week and we celebrated with three separate posts of book reviews and recommendations:

Check them out!  You may have noticed that we’ve added a Facebook “Like” button to the bottom of every post and page.  Please feel free to show us what kind of posts you enjoy by liking them.  We really appreciate any feedback you can provide.  We want to hear from you!

There’s also one thing I’ve been meaning to address for all of the generous authors and publishers out there who have been so kind as to send us review copies.  Between our day jobs, personal lives and writing and researching posts for the blog we often have no time to do the very thing we really want to do—read Hawaii books!  However, now that the HBMF is out of the way, and a few other things are settled, I’d like to get back to reading and reviewing some non-keiki books!  Here are a few books that you can look forward to seeing us review in the near future (in no particular order):

  • Rainbows Over Kapa’a by Bill Fernandez
  • Nation Within by Tom Coffman
  • Contemporary Hawai’i Woodworkers by Tiffany DeEtte Shafto and Lynda McDaniel
  • Hawaii’s Bento Box Cookbook, 2nd Course by Susan Yuen
  • Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands by Arnold Hiura
  • The Last Aloha by Gaellen Quinn
  • Wai-Nani: High Chiefess of Hawaii – Her Epic Journey by Linda Ballou
  • Back To Somalia by Glenn A. Bell
  • Under Maui Skies by Wayne Moniz
  • Aloha ‘Oe, The Song at Pier 10 by John Tanaka
  • Sachie by Patsy Sumie Saiki
  • Good Things by Mia King

So, this is just a fraction of our reading/review list, but ideally the ones you should see coming soon.  If you haven’t read them, please go ahead and find a copy, read it and tell us what you think.

Now on to the events!

Friday, May 21

  • 10:30am – Sing Along with Uncle Wayne Watkins at Salt Lake-Moanalua Public Library.  Sing along with Uncle Wayne as he sings and plays classic children’s songs and originals on his guitar.  More info
  • 06:00pm – Author Signing at Barnes & Noble Ala Moana.  Come and Meet author Janet Zappala and see her new cookbook, My Italian Kitchen: Home-Style Recipes Made Lighter & HealthierMore info

Saturday, May 22

  • 10:00am – Children’s Storytime at Barnes & Noble Lahaina (Maui).  More info
  • 10:30am – “Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers” at Kapolei Public Library.  Jodie Mattos of the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Hamilton Library will conduct a demonstration for this Library of Congress online resource which provides access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages.  More info
  • 11:00am – Meet author Les Elridge at the Hawaii State Library.  Author and naval historian Les Eldridge will discuss his books at two Oahu public libraries. He has written three novels in a series on the American Civil War at sea.  More info
  • 11:00am – Children’s Storytime at Barnes & Noble Ala Moana.  Join the fun as Zoomer by Ned Young (illustrator) is read.  More info
  • 12:00pm – Friends of the Makiki Community Library Used Book Sale from 12p – 4p at Makiki Community Library.  More info
  • 12:30pm – Author Signing & Seminar at Kona Stories Bookshop (Big Island).  Clear Englebert, author of Feng Shui For Hawai’i and other feng shui books will have a free book signing at 12:30pm followed by a paid seminar ($20) at 1pm to 6pm.  More info
  • 01:00pm – Author Signing at Barnes & Noble Kahala.  Susan Yuen, author of Hawaii’s Bento Box Cookbook, 2nd Course will be on hand to sign copies of her new book.  More info
  • 02:00pm – Author Signing at Borders in Ward Centre.  Douglas Corleone, author of One Man’s Paradise will sign copies of his new book.  More info
  • 05:30pm – Lee Cataluna will be at the Kauai Museum Courtyard reading “The Great Kauai Train Robbery.”  In 1920, Kaimiola Hali was convicted of the one and only train robbery in the Territory of Hawaii. His motives were never uncovered, but speculation abounds. Lee Cataluna weaves a tragic and compelling tale. More info

Sunday, May 23

  • 12:00pm – Friends of the Makiki Community Library Used Book Sale from 12p – 4p at Makiki Community Library.  More info
  • 01:00pm – Author Signing at Borders Express in Mililani.  Susan Yuen, author of Hawaii’s Bento Box Cookbook, 2nd Course will be on hand to sign copies of her new book.  Call 623-2138 for more information.
  • 02:00pm – Meet Author Chris McKinney at Kaimuku Public Library.  Local writer McKinney will discuss his novels including The Tattoo, Queen of Tears, Bolohead Row, and Mililani Mauka.  For more information click here or call 733-8422.

Remember, all events listed above may be subject to change.  Please contact the venue beforehand if you plan on attending.  More events can be found on our Hawaii Book Blog Calendar.

If you have an event you would like us to help promote, please leave us a comment here or e-mail me at aalba@hawaiibookblog[dot]com.  Replace the [dot] with a ‘.’ when you compose the message.  Mahalo and have a great weekend!