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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Coming Soon at the Hawaii Theater: "TiQri, The Little Snow Fox"

‘Ōhi'a Productions is launching their new literature to stage Story Surfers program designed for very young audiences at Hawaii Theatre this month, as part of the Theatreʻs thriving education program led by Eden-Lee Murray. The play has been adapted from Belknap Publishing's second Pacific Rim Calabash Book, TiQri, The Little Snow Fox, by its primary author, Tamara Montgomery, especially for Story Surfers, who will tour schools with the show this fall after its gala launch at Hawaii Theatre. 

The performance is interactive, with stage sets by the extraordinarily talented Michael Furuya and acting by some of the best performers in Hawaii!  Join authors Tammy Montgomery and Jodi Parry Belknap for a book autograph session and to say hello after the show in Hawaii Theatreʻs Weyand Room. 

This first in a new series for very young children from ’Ōhi'a is a special one, at  a special time during the day (Tuesday, September 21 at 11AM) ideal for home schoolers, grandparents and guardians. There are special prices, too. Keiki under 4 are free, and adult prices are very reasonable. 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Grab some tissues...the most moving declaration of love...

Kristian Anderson, a video editor from Syndney, Australia, has been going through intensive chemotherapy for cancer that has metastasized to his liver. He enlisted the (small) help of screen star Hugh Jackson and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to create this birthday video for his wife, Rachel.

His prognosis remains uncertain.
  
WARNING: HAVE TISSUES HANDY




Rachel's Birthday Video from Kristian Anderson on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

And the Nobel goes to...


The Sexiest Dance Moves for Men Identified: http://news.discovery.com/human/sexiest-dance-moves-men.html#mkcpgn=rssnws1

Dr. Disco (and his sidekick, Assistant Professor Party) from Northumbria University in the U.K. filmed 19 poor shmoes dancing to a disco beat, created dancing avatars, then showed the film to 37 heterosexual women to evaluate their level of attractiveness. He said the "experiment broke new ground."

Doh! I'm already thinking I went to the wrong university.

Next on his research agenda? Filming dancing women and getting men to judge them. Good luck on finding able and willing research subjects.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Children’s Writing Class at UH Outreach

For those interested in writing children's nonfiction, this sounds promising (I'm thinking of going):

Michael Elsohn Ross, a science educator and an award-winning author of more than 40 books for children on nature, science, and art will be teaching a two-session noncredit evening course UH called ‘Writing Your Children’s Book’ (Event ID: P11028). The class will meet on November 4 (Thursday) and 9 (Tuesday) from 6 to 9 p.m. in Kuykendall 303, and the course fee is $65. Michael describes the class as follows: “Discover the wide variety of styles and formats of current books, and pick up some useful writing and publishing tools from an author with extensive experience in the field. Participants will have a chance to write and edit short pieces, as well as get an overview of the publishing process.”
Michael, who works as a naturalist in Yosemite, presents at schools and conferences throughout the U.S. and internationally and teaches writing workshops. See his website at www.bugauthor.com. (While we don’t know Michael personally, he’s an SCBWI member, and the Regional Advisor where he lives recommends him highly.) Register online at www.outreach.hawaii.edu/noncredit/registration.asp, or call 956-8400.

And for those not familiar with SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Hawaii's website, check out their online publication, Trade Winds.

This issue features helpful writing and publishing tidbits from the SCBWI Conference in L.A., as well as summary of what local publishers in Hawaii (Island Heritage, Mutual Publishing, Bess Press) are seeking.

Book Launch: Plenty Saimin, by Feng Feng Hutchins

The celebration will begin Sunday, September 26th, 2010 at 3 p.m. inside Native books. Light refreshments, books, friends and family. Fresh noodle packets of saimin from the Sun Noodle Company will be given away with the first 25-signed copies.

Book Launch Celebration And Signing

Native Book/ Na Mea Hawaii
Ward Warehouse (Ewa end)
1050 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Hi 96814
www.nativebookshawaii.com

Stories, Storytellers and Their Place in Our Lives

Join Mission Houses Museum on Tuesday,  Sept 7 , 2010 at noon for its monthly "Historic Bites" luncheon lecture in the Chamberlain House Kitchen.

Curator Elizabeth Nosek introduces the museum's program theme for the upcoming year - Talk Story: Legends, Myths & Fables.   The museum looks forward to seeing how universal themes and characters appear throughout the world helping us to understand our place in it.



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