Suddenly there are many events erupting this Spring. One of two April literature events to watch for (the next will be announced soon) is below:

On April 12, 9am-2pm at the UH Campus Center Ballroom, 17 of the 21 authors whose work will be discussed during the 11th Annual Celebrate Reading Festival will gather to allow Hawai`i readers and writers age 12 and up the opportunity to participate in over a dozen free conversations.

Some sessions will be led by authors, such as one by novelist Pat Wood who will talk about Lottery (long-listed for the UK Orange Prize), a poetry session led by UH’s Frank Stewart, a workshop about writing for newspapers and magazines by Jim Lynch, Kate Elliott talking about writing fantasy, Cynthia Kadohata on moving research into fiction, and Darrell Lum and Lee Tonouchi on writing Pidgin short stories.

And of course some will be facilitated by others connected to the works (but not the author him/herself), such as a discussion about two Khaled Hosseini novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, where Diana Saidy will team up with Barack Obama’s sister Maya Oetoro-Ng.

Contact Lorna Hershinow at 239-9726, or consult http://www.hawaii.edu/hwp.

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