Celebrate Reading

2012 Special Guest Author: Gail Tsukiyama

Celebrate Reading is an annual event sponsored by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, . In the past, it has attracted prominent guest authors like Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game), Christopher Moore (Lamb, Fluke) and Markus Zusak (The Book Thief). Even more important to its mission is that it has attracted student participation from public schools around the state. The goal is to encourage readers and writers of all ages to get together and celebrate reading, writing and critical thinking. The events are free and open to the public. Come listen to award winning authors and talk story about books and reading.

Want to be a writer? Celebrate Reading is a fantastic opportunity to interact with successful authors!

Gail Tsukiyama Reading

Date: April 19, 2012
Admission: Free and Open to the Public
Location: University of Hawaii at Manoa campus, Art Auditorium
Time: 5:30 p.m.

Gail Tsukiyama is the bestselling author of six novels, including Women of the Silk, The Samurai’s Garden, and The Street of a Thousand Blossoms.  Her novels reflect both her Chinese and Japanese heritage, richly revealing cultures and histories filled with tradition and change, loss and renewal, and love and family.  She has been the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence.  Her latest novel, A Hundred Flowers, will be out in August 2012.

Big Island Celebrate Reading Festival General Information:

Date: April 21, 2012
Admission: Free and Open to all people grades 6 and up
Location: Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Guest Authors and Poets:

  • Gail TsukiyamaWomen of the Silk, Street of a Thousand Blossoms
  • Kate Elliott, Cold Magic, Cold Fire
  • Sue CowingYou Will Call Me Drog
  • Mark PanekBig Happiness
  • Cathy Song, Picture Bride and School Figures
  • Matthew Kaopio, Up Among the Stars
  • Jon Osorio, Storyteller and MC

Celebrate Reading-Maui General Information:

Date: April 23, 2012
Admission: Free and Open to the Public
Location: University of Hawaiʽi, Maui College
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Guest Authors and Poets:

  • Patricia Wood, Lottery
  • Wing Tek LumExpounding the Doubtful Points
  • Chris McKinneyThe Tattoo, Mililani Mauka
  • Sue CowingYou Will Call Me Drog
  • Mark PanekBig Happiness
  • Gail TsukiyamaWomen of the Silk, Street of a Thousand Blossoms

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  • Hershinow

    The Big Island Celebrate Reading Festival is being held on Saturday at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy, and the festival will have Jon Osorio, story-teller and song-writer, as its emcee. The poet on the Big Island will be Cathy Song, Kate Elliott will be our visiting science-fiction/fantasy writer, and Matt Kaopio will be talking to readers of his fiction series that celebrates Hawaiian culture.  For detailed information on neighbor island festivals and the kick-off reading by Gail Tsukiyama at the UHM Art Auditorium on Thursday 19, at five thirty, please write to  Lorna Hershinow at hershinow@gmail.com