Sunday, February 11, 2001
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Posted on: Sunday, February 11, 2001

Lit Beat

Special Events

"For the Love of Words," 7:30 p.m. reception, 8 p.m. reading, tomorrow, Kumu Kahua Theatre; readings by Nora Okja Keller, Juliet S. Kono, Cathy Song, Lois-Ann Yamanaka with performance by John H.Y. Wat and music by Chris Planas, a benefit for Bamboo Ridge Press; members only (membership is $10); reserve tickets at 626-1481 or e-mail

Black History Month Tribute, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Borders Ward Centre, talk story with the "Sweet Potato Pie Man" and entertainment, with Miss Nubian Hawaii Rebecca Kearse and Miss Teen Nubian Hawaii Onique Williams as hosts. Free.

For writers

Weekend Writers’ Retreat, "Writing for Power, Heart and Vision," with instructor Tom Peek, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 24 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 25, Volcano Village, the Big Island. Topics for exploration: being true to the story, revising with an open heart, preparing for publishing, making lifestyle commitments to writing. Cost: $115, including morning tea, Saturday night fireside chat, Sunday lunch. Information: (808) 967-8222.

Koolau Writing Workshops, "Writing in a Multicultural Setting" with featured speaker writer Nora Okja Keller, 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 3, Hawaii Pacific University’s Kaneohe campus; workshops on nonfiction, poetry, fiction, scriptwriting, sponsored by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through the Hawaii Literary Arts Council. Donation: $10. Information: Patrice Wilson, 544-1107; 544-9340. Deadline: Feb. 28.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Winter Conference, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Pacific Beach Hotel, Grand Ballroom Makai; features Delacorte Press editor Wendy Lamb; "Dreamcatcher" author Jen McVeity; writer-illustrator James Rumford; and writer Graham Salisbury. Conference theme: "Dude, Where’s My Contract?" Fee: $62 members, $72 nonmembers. Information: 955-4742, e-mail

Book Signings

Mark Rauzon, author of "Isle of Refuge," noon today, Borders Ward Centre.

Lois-Ann Yamanaka, author of "Father of the Four Passages," 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Bestsellers Bishop Square.

Craig E. Burgess, author of "The Green Wave and The Navy: The History of the USS Benfold," 2 p.m. Feb. 18, Borders Ward Centre.

MacKinnon Simpson and John Brizdle, authors of "Streetcar Days in Honolulu," noon Saturday, Waldenbooks Ala Moana; 2 p.m. Saturday, Waldenbooks Pearlridge; 11 a.m. Feb. 24, Waldenbooks Windward Mall; 3 p.m. Feb. 24 Barnes & Noble Kahala Mall; 6 p.m. Feb. 24, The Gallery at Ward Centre; 1 p.m. Feb. 25, Waldenbooks Kahala Mall; 12:20 p.m. March 1, Bestsellers Bishop Square.

Reading Groups

Hawaiian Language Reading Group, read and discuss works in Hawaiian with Kalama Cabigon of the Hawaiian Language Resource Center, 7:15 p.m. every Monday, Barnes and Noble, Kahala Mall.

Multicultural Readers Group, meets 6:30-8 p.m., fourth Monday of each month, 1802 Keeaumoku St., American Association of University Women.

African-American Literary Book Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m., second and fourth Mondays monthly, First Hawaiian Tower, 1132 Bishop St., No. 1404; reservations. 528-5037.

Literature Readers Group, 7 p.m., second Tuesday of each month, Borders-Ward Centre. 263-8091.

Chateaubriand Book Study Group, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Golden Phoenix, 1251-B South King St. 593-1249.

Bestsellers Reading Group, 7 p.m., second Wednesday of each month, Borders-Waikele.

Romantic Borders, 7 p.m., second Thursday of each month, Borders-Ward Centre.

Romance Readers Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., second Thursday of each month, Borders-Waikele.

For Keiki

Children’s Storytime, 10-10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Unity Church of Hawaii Bookstore, 3608 Diamond Head Circle. 735-4436 ext. 310.

Barnes & Noble Storytime, 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays with craft and storytime, 10:30 a.m. every Thursday, 2:30 p.m. every Saturday, 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. 737-3323. Today: Hawaii storytellers share in a craft and storytime event.

Keiki Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Saturdays; Pajama Storytime with the Mouse, 7 p.m. Friday Borders-Waikele.

Young Author’s Sharing Group, grades one through six, 10 a.m. every second and fourth Wednesday, Borders-Waikele.

Kids’ Story Corner 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Keiki Storytime/Kids Kraft Korner, 11 a.m. Saturdays, Children’s Amphitheater, Borders-Ward Centre.

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