This Saturday and Sunday the grounds of Honolulu Hale will be teeming with lovers of books, music and dance. Scholarly panels and lively performances, opportunities to meet famous authors and get books at hugely discounted prices are just part of the draw for this year’s Hawai’i Book and Music Festival. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with a winner of this year’s Elliot Cades Award for Literature, Wing Tek Lum.
Wing Tek Lum will read from his two collections, Expounding the Doubtful Points and The Nanjing Massacre Poems, at 2pm Saturday in the Author’s Pavillion. In Mission Memorial Auditorium, you can see Adam Johnson, who wrote The Orphan-Master’s Son, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Kaui Hart Hemmings will also present her latest book since The Descendents, Possibilities, A Novel. Chris McKinney will present his new biography, The Red-Headed Hawaiian, and Don Wallace unveils his new book, The French House. Advance reviews have been terrific for Kamana Beamer's book, No Makou Ka Mana: Liberating the Nation.
Hawaiian language and culture will be celebrated by students of Aunty Maiki Aiu Lake led by Michael Pili Pang, Robert Cazimero, and Vicky Holt Takamine. Several Miss Aloha Hula are also scheduled to perform. There's lots of music scheduled and Mr. Steve, the national PBS KIDS host, is headlining the Keiki Stage.
Find books and music at great prices this weekend from 9:30 to 5 at the Hawai’i Book and Music Festival.
Check the Hawai’i Book and Music Festival schedule here.
In other literary award news, M. Thomas Gammarino has also won a 2014 Cades Literary Award and the Ka Palapala Po'okela Award winners can be found here.
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Expounding the Doubtful Points; Bamboo Ridge Press (1987), The Nanjing Massacre Poems; Bamboo Ridge Press (2013)