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Posted on: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Celebrate books and authors at Saturday festival

Advertiser Staff

Book worms of all ages from 12 to 80 are welcome to Celebrate Reading: Book Club & Literature Festival, a free event 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa Art Auditorium.

Interested participants are asked to read at least a couple books from this year's reading list (see list below), then attend the event to discuss their reading and writing experience with the authors.

Writers attending are: Neal Shusterman, Terry Trueman, Chris McKinney, Rodney Morales, Lisa Linn Kanae, Patricia Wood, Robert Barclay, Linda Nagata, Kate Elliott, Nora Okja Keller, Mike Tsai, Brandy McDougall, Mahealani Perez-Wendt, Joe Tsujimoto and David Stannard; performance poet Kealoha and Hawaiian storyteller Nyla Fujii-Babb will also attend.

Choose between a dozen conversation options during three 45-minute breakout sessions at 10 a.m., 10:55 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Craft-conversation topics include writing poetry, writing the short story, writing from research, writing the novel, creating voice and writing science fiction. The event will open and close with reading performances.

This year's book list: "Unwind" and "The Schwa Was Here" by Neal Shusterman, "Tattoo" and "Mililani Mauka" by Christopher McKinney, "Uglies, Pretties, Specials" series by Scott Westerfeld, "Stuck in Neutral, Cruise Control & No Right Turn" by Terry Trueman, "Lucky Come Hawaii" by Jon Shirota, "When the Shark Bites" by Rodney Morales, "Islands Linked By Ocean" by Lisa Linn Kanae, "Lottery" by Patricia Wood, "The Mosquito Coast" by Paul Theroux, "The Salt-Wind" by Brandy McDougall, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Flight" by Sherman Alexie, "Honor Killing" by David Stannard, "A Single Shard" and "When My Name Was Keoko" by Linda Sue Park, "Memory" and "Skye Object 3270a" by Linda Nagata, "Bone Hook" by Ian MacMillan, "Melal" and "Hawaii Smiles" by Robert Barclay, and "Uluhaimalama" by Mahealani Perez-Wendt.

For more information on this Hawaii Writing Project outreach opportunity and to register, email Lorna Hershinow at hershinow@gmail.com, call 239-9726 or visit www.hawaii.edu/hwp.