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!

The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i

Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i

Windward Community College’s Gallery ‘Iolani presents Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i.  This exhibition brings together Hawai‘i based artists and writers who use manga to explore their cross-cultural experiences—telling stories that examine the history and cultures of Hawai‘i. Manga is a distinctive form of Japanese comics known for its dynamic graphics and diverse narratives.

The featured artists are Roy Chang and his moralizing illustrations for Cacy & Kiara and the Curse of the Kii; Jon J. Murakami, and his action drawings of Gordon Rider; Audra Ann Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga’s adorable series nemu*nemu; Marisa Torigoe’s mysteriously rendered The Children of Aumakua; and Damon Wong’s somber but hopeful graphics forJourney of Heroes: The Story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, among many other manga artists and writers.

Every Sunday from 2-4pm, including this Sunday, September 8, there will be a curator’s walkthrough and artist talks. Be sure to check it out!

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Saturday, September 7

  • PinkaliciousPinkalicious – Students from the Performing Arts Center of Kapolei (PACK) will present a special performance of songs from their upcoming musical “Pinkalicious.” The 30-minute performance will be followed by photo opportunities with cast members. The Friends of the Library Kapolei is sponsoring this one-hour program which is suitable for all ages.  Kapolei Public Library; 10:30 A.M. For more information, call 693-7050.
  • Ori Ann Li, Vegetarian ChefVegan Cuisine Cooking Demonstration – Chef Ori Ann Li will demonstrate how to prepare several recipes featured in her cookbook Ori Ann Li’s Vegan Paradise: 65 Unforgettable Recipes and offer free taste samples. The program will include a question-and-answer session, and an autograph session of her book which will be available for sale from the Friends of the Hawaii Kai Public Library. This program is suitable for ages 12 and above. Hawaii Kai Public Library Meeting Room (249 Lunalilo Home Road); 11:00 A.M. For more information or to register, please call the Library at 397-5833.
  • Children’s Storytime – Join the book store for a special Storytime as they will be reading Annie the Applie Pie Fairy! Everyone loves watching Annie’s Cooking Show on Fairy TV — until Sondra the Strudel Fairy arrives with a rival TV show and introduces her fancy new ways! 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.
  • Comic Jam HawaiiHero Drawing Workshop – Learn how you can draw your favorite heroes!  Whether your hero is an everyday hero (like your mom or a firefighter) or a superhero (Superman or Batman), get tips on how to draw a hero. Presented by the artists of Comic Jam Hawaii. Paper, pencils, and crayons will be provided. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own art supplies. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Aiea Public Library; 2:30 P.M. For more information, call 483-7333.
  • Bike 3.0 - Book & Food, Share & SwapBike In 3.0 Books & Food Share & Swap – Books to feed the mind, and garden goodies to nourish the body, the third Bike-In movie night event is on its way to Old Stadium Park! Partly movement building, partly a celebration of public space, and mostly a FREE event to meet the awesome people next door! Ingredients Hawaii featuring filmmaker Robert Bates, short films by Maui Huliau Foundation, and the Institute of Human Services with a talk story. For you book lovers, there will be a book swap. Revolution Books, Bess Press, Na Mea Hawaii/Native Books, Hawaii Publishers Association will all be involved with this event! Old Stadium Park (2237 S King St.); 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. For more info, click here.

Sunday, September 8

  • Aloha, LadyBlueCharley Memminger book signing – Hawaii humorist Charley Memminger, author of Hawaii based mystery novel Aloha, Lady Blue, will be at the book store for a signing and discussing the first novel in his new mystery series. It’s a great opportunity for folks on Maui to talk story with Charley, buy the book and get it signed! Barnes & Noble Book Sellers (325 Keawe #101, Lahaina); 12 Noon. For more info, visit B&N.
  • Wing Tek Lum reading – Wing Tek Lum will read from his new collection The Nanjing Massacre: Poems. An intense collection of poetry. This event is nanjing REE and open to the public. There is FREE parking on campus. University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Art Auditorium; 2:30 P.M. Source
  • Book Launch: Securing Paradise in Hawai`i and the Philippines – Come to Revolution Books for the launching of Securing Paradise by Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez. Gonzalez will be reading from her book, which shows how “tourism and militarism Securing Paradise in Hawaii and the Philippineshave functioned together in Hawai`i and the Philippines, jointly empowering the United States to assert its geostrategic and economic interests in the Pacific.” Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Revolution Books (2626 South King St.); 3:00 P.M. For more info visit Revolution Books.
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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.

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