Read to Children, Kuhio Elementary seeks adults who can read to and tutor students in grades K-3; training available; call for additional information: 973-0085.
Hawaii Literacy Promotion, during the month of August, all O'ahu Borders stores will be accepting newly purchased books that customers may select from a "wish list" provided by Hawaii Literacy and donating them to the literacy program; contact your local Borders bookstore for a list of books and how you can purchase books for Hawaii Literacy: Ward Centre: 591-8995, Waikele: 676-6699, Pearlridge: 487-1818, Windward Mall: 235-8789.
Book Sale, books and other media at reduced prices to benefit the library's programs; 12-5 p.m.; Aug. 13, Kahuku Public & School Library; continues 12-8 p.m.; Aug. 14 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 15; free admission; 293-8935.
Talk Story Radio, weekly radio show, hosted by Jeff Gere; 5:30 p.m. Mondays; broadcast on Hawaii Public Radio station KIPO 89.3 FM, 7 p.m. Thursdays; on KTUH 90.3 FM; this week: Storytelling Class with stories from Gere, Adam, Cini, Akaka and Vince Esquire; www.talkstoryradio.com.
Youth Speaks Hawai'i, slam poetry workshops, hosted by Kealoha, TravisT, Melvin, Darron, and Lyz; 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays; The ARTS at Marks Garage; free; 387-9664.
"Pacific Overtures," talk by Alan Cheuse of National Public Radio on the images of Hawai'i and the South Pacific in American fiction; 7-9 p.m.; Aug. 16; UH-Manoa, Yukiyoshi Room (Krauss Hall 012); free' 956-8246.
John Pugh, mural artist, gives a presentation on his work and signs "Murals of John Pugh: Beyond Trompe L'oeil;" 5 p.m.; Aug. 15; Cupola Theatre at Honolulu Design Center; free.
J. Ian Sample signs "Once a Warrior: Hawai'i Football on the Field and Off the Record;" 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Aug. 16; Bestsellers, Bishop Square; 528-2378. Also, 12-1 p.m.; Aug. 18; Borders, Pearlridge (487-1818) and 2-3 p.m.; Aug. 18; Borders, Ward Centre; (591-8995).
"Scene Making: Writing Workshop with Alan Cheuse," two-day class with the host of "Voice of Books" for NPR's "All Things Considered" in the art of writing effective scenes and the elements of narrative rhythm in a variety of literary genre; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Aug. 17-18; UH-Manoa Webster 103; $225 general, $15 for high school juniors and senior and college students; register: 956-8400.
The Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts seeks applications from nonprofit organizations on O'ahu for grants to create original art, between the dates of Dec. 1 and Nov. 30, 2008, in the fields of dance, theater, music and literature, which would benefit residents on O'ahu; hand-deliver or mail by Aug. 23 to MOCA, 530 S. King St., room 404, Honolulu, HI 96813. Information and applications: 523-4674, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maui Writers Conference, meet agents, editors, publishers and studio executives and writers including Michael Arndt, Bobby Moresco, Pamela Wallace W.S. Merwin, Lisa Nichols and Buzz Bissinger; Aug. 31-Sept. 3; Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa; $695 kama'aina rate until Aug. 15; also, the conference is proceeded by a six-day retreat in fiction, non-fiction or screenwriting, Aug. 25-31; $1295 kama'aina rate until Aug. 15; 808-879-0061, www.mauiwriters.com.
Literature Readers Group, 7 p.m. Aug. 14; Borders Ward Centre; free; 591-8995.
Keiki Storytime; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Saturdays; Borders, Waikele; free; 676-6699.
Preschool Craft & Storytime; 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays; Barnes & Noble, Kahala; free; 737-3323.
Preschool Craft & Storytime; 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays; Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana; free; 949-7307.
Read Me a Story, books read by volunteer storytellers for 12 and younger and their parents; 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; Honolulu Academy of Arts; free for children, included with admission price of $7 for parents; 532-8700.
Keiki Storytime; 10:30 a.m.; Wednesdays; Borders, Ward Centre; free; 591-8995.
Keiki Storytime, for ages 2-5; 11-11:30 a.m.; Wednesdays; Kailua Public Library; free; 266-9911.
Children's Storytime, listen to stories and learn a simple craft, for ages 3 and over; 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays; Kaimuki Public Library; free; 733-8422.
Send announcements, with contact name and phone number, to: Lit Beat, Island Life, The Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802; fax 525-8055 email@example.com, with "Lit Beat" in the subject line.