Book Sale, hardcover nonfiction books 75 cents each, plus other items at discounted prices offered by the Friends of Pearl City Library, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Pearl City Public Library; free admission. 453-6566.
Aloha Shorts, weekly radio show with readings of short stories from local authors, 5 p.m. Mondays, on Hawaii Public Radio station KIPO 89.3 with host Cedric Yamanaka. www.hawaiipublicradio.org/aloha shorts.htm.
Talk Story Radio, weekly show hosted by Jeff Gere, 5:30 p.m. Mondays on Hawaii Public Radio station KIPO 89.3 FM, 7 p.m. Thursdays on KTUH 90.3 FM. This week, James McCarthy reads his "The Blackbird Express," accompanied by Leslie Kline on violin. www.talkstoryradio.com.
Poetry Slam Workshop for Teens, ongoing Youth Speaks Hawai'i workshops in written and spoken word for students ages 13-19, working with members of the HawaiiSlam team, 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, The ARTS at Marks Garage; free. 387-9664.
Every Child Ready to Read, parents and caregivers can learn the importance of early literacy and how to develop pre-reading skills for newborns to age 2, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mililani Public Library; free. Register: 627-7470.
An Evening of Work by Y York, readings from the author's play "Nothing Is the Same," plus rapped monologues from York's adaptation of "Othello," and the author reading selections from her current work, " ... and L.A. is Burning," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Kumu Kahua Theatre; free. 389-5176.
Mark Panek author of "Gaijin Yokozuna: A Biography of Chad Rowan," talks about his biography of Akebono, 3-4:40 p.m. Thursday, UH-Manoa Kuykendall 410; free. 956-3774. (See author booksignings below.)
Karen Anderson signs "The Hawai'i Home Book," noon-1 p.m. today, Borders, Waikele. 676-6699. Also, 2-3 p.m. today, Borders Express, Town Center of Mililani, 623-2138.
Lopaka Kapanui signs "The Legend of Morgan's Corner and Other Ghost Stories of Hawai'i," 2 p.m. today, Borders, Ward Centre. 591-8995.
Patricia Laurel signs "Only If You Can Find Me," 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday, Bestsellers, Bishop Square. 528-2378.
Mark Panek signs "Gaijin Yokozuna: A Biography of Chad Rowan," noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Borders, Ward Centre. 591-8995. Also, 2:30-3:30 p.m. today, Barnes & Noble, Kahala. 737-3323.
Jean Watanabe Hee signs "Hawai'i's Best Salads, Sides & Soups," 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Borders, Ward Centre. 591-8995.
Writers', Poets' and Playwrights' Group, share your work and discuss writing, 6 p.m. today, Borders, Ward Centre. 591-8995.
O'ahu Arts Center seeks entries in fiction, nonfiction and poetry for its third annual writing contest for cash awards. One entry per category, $10 per entry. Prospectus: www.oahuarts center.org, 848-7632. Deadline is Nov. 10.
Tiny Tales for Tiny Tots, stories, fingerplays, songs and a craft to take home, for 4 and younger, 9-9:45 a.m. and 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Kalihi-Palama Public Library. 832-3466.
Keiki Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Saturdays, Borders, Waikele. 676-6699.
Preschool Craft & Storytime, 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall (737-3323) and Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center (949-7307).
Read Me a Story, books read by volunteer storytellers, 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Keiki Reading Room in Gallery 31 (lower level of Banyan Court); for 12 and younger and their parents; free for children, included with admission price of $7 for parents. 532-8700.
Keiki Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Borders, Ward Centre. 591-8995.
Preschool Storytime, stories read aloud, sing-along songs and a simple craft, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 25, Wahiawa Public Library. 622-6345.
Play Mornings, educational toys for children to explore, 10 a.m. Thursdays through Sept. 28, Kapolei Public Library. 693-7050.
Bee Readers, stories read by members of Farrington High School Key Club, for children of all ages, 3-3:30 p.m. third Thursday of each month, Kalihi-Palama Public Library. 832-3466.
Saturday Storytime, 11 a.m. Saturdays, Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall. 737-3323
Saturday Morning Storytime, 11 a.m. Saturdays, Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center. 949-7307.
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