Book End

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

Support our local literary scene and our local libraries by attending these events.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Free Comic Book Day!!!

Free Comic Book Day 2013May the 4th be with you. Sixteen public libraries statewide will offer FREE special issue comics to customers who show their library card. Limit one comic book per person, while supplies last. Comic book selections this year will includeDisney Fairies, Sesame Street, Dragon Ball, Star Wars, Superman, The Walking Dead, and much more! Selections vary by branch. For more information, contact a participating library. Participating libraries include the following:

  • Aiea Public Library (Oahu)
  • Aina Haina Public Library (Oahu)
  • Hawaii Kai Public Library (Oahu)
  • Hilo Public Library (Hawaii Island)
  • Kailua Public Library (Oahu) 
  • Kalihi-Palama Public Library (Oahu)
  • Kapolei Public Library (Oahu)
  • Kihei Public Library (Maui)
  • Lahaina Public Library (Maui)
  • Liliha Public Library (Oahu)
  • Makawao Public Library (Maui)
  • McCully-Moiliili Public Library (Oahu)
  • Mililani Public Library (Oahu)
  • Princeville Public Library (Kauai)
  • Thelma Parker Memorial Public & School Library (Hawaii Island)
  • Waimanalo Public & School Library (Oahu)

Costumed characters from the Pacific Outpost of the 501st Imperial Legion, Rebel Legion Hawaii, and Costumers Guild of Hawaii will be appearing at selected libraries. Bring your camera! Contact a hosting library for appearance times or for more information.

There are also three Comic Book Day special events happening at three different libraries. View the rest of the calendar below for info on these happenings.

Library Exhibits

Books photograph by Eyes of Hawaii Photo Club

In celebration of the Hawaii State Library’s centennial anniversary, the following exhibit will be displayed in the Lobby from May 2-30: “Libraries and Literacy,” presented by Eyes of Hawaii Photography Club.  Club members will offer their photographic interpretations of the exhibit’s theme.  This exhibit is suitable for all ages and may be viewed during normal library hours. In addition, an historical exhibit about the Hawaii State Library will be featured in the First Floor Reading Room throughout the celebration. Hawaii State Library is located at 478 South King St.

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Saturday, May 4

  • Ray FriesenMeet Cartoonist Ray Friesen – A special event as part of Free Comic Book Day festivities. Friesen, a California-based cartoonist and writer, will talk about cartooning and publishing his newest graphic novel “Pirate Penguin Versus Ninja Chicken.”  Next, Pen & Ink Works, a local artist group, will conduct a drawing demonstration, discuss their artwork in the anthology “Hachi Maru Hachi,” and lead games and other activities.  Participants can enter a lucky drawing to win a free prize.  These programs are suitable for ages 10 and older. McCully-Moiliili Public Library (2211 S King St.); 10:30 A.M. Call the library at  973-1099 for more info.
  • Meet Homestuck Webcomic Costumed Characters – A special event as part of Free Comic Book Day festivities. “Homestuck” is an interactive webcomic created by artist Andrew Hussie and is the fourth comic series to be published on the website MS Paint Adventures.  This program is suitable for all ages.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Lahaina Public Library (680 Wharf St.); 11:00 A.M. For more info, 662-3950.
  • Children’s Storytime – Join the book store for a special Storytime as they will be reading Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler: Miss Maple gathers lost seeds that haven’t found a place to sprout. She even takes them on field trips to explore for places to grow! She keeps them safe and warm until it’s time for them to grow. Held in the Children’s Section. Barnes & Noble Ala Moana (1450 Ala Moana Blvd. STE 1272); 11:00 A.M. For more info, click here.
  • The Dead Season by Anthony PignataroLocal Author Signing: Anthony Pignataro – Anthony Pignataro’s Charley Ridgway novels of hardboiled action and noir intrigue, Small Island and The Dead Season, have made their mark with lovers of dark adventures. Stealing Cars With The Pros collects 33 true stories that helped inspire his suspenseful fiction writing. Barnes & Noble (325 Keawe #101, Lahaina); 12 Noon. For more info, click here.
  • Violins, Voices, Flutes, & Piano Concert – One violinist (Sheryl Shohet), one flutist (Sue McGinn), one flutist/keyboard player (Anne Lum), two sopranos (Amanda Tafel & Donna Nanod Shaver) and one Tenor (Gary Nanod) will perform a variety of musical selections. This one-hour program is suitable for all ages and will be held in the front lobby. Hawaii State Library (478 S. King St.); 12 Noon. For more information, contact the Arts, Music & Recreation Section at 586-3520.
  • James SilvaniMeet Comic Book Artist James Silvani – A special event as part of Free Comic Book Day festivities. Silvani, a Kihei-based comic book artist, is known for his drawings and artwork in titles including: “Disney’s Darkwing Duck,” “The Muppets,” “Ducktales,” Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Penguins of Madagascar,” Warner Brothers’ “Animaniacs,” and “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”  This program is suitable for all ages.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Kihei Public Library (35 Waimahaihai St.); 12 Noon to 4:00 P.M. For more info, call 875-6833.

Sunday, May 5

  • FukushimaIs Fukushima Still a Radiation Threat Two Years Later? – Dean Otsuki will discuss how Japan, the Pacific Ocean, the jetstream, and the United States have been affected by radiation still spewing from the disabled nuclear power plant. Otsuki will also share what information Tokyo Electric Power Company, the Japanese and U. S. governments have been providing the public about Fukushima, and what steps can be taken to protect you from radiation exposure. This one-hour program is suitable for ages 12 and older and will include a question-and-answer session. Pearl City Public Library (1138 Waimano Home Rd.); 2:00 P.M. For more information, please call the Library at 453-6566.
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Remember, all events listed above may be subject to change. Please contact the venue beforehand if you plan on attending. We encourage you to click on the links that are included with the events in the time line above. More events can be found on our Hawaiʻi Book Blog Events Calendar. You can also keep up with events through us on Twitter by following @HawaiiBookBlog.

If you have an event you would like us to help promote, please leave us a comment here or e-mail me Mahalo and have a great weekend!