Everything Books: 03-28-19

  • "Murder from Scratch" by Leslie Karst.

Meet local authors at this month’s Words and Wine

Join local authors for the monthly Words and Wine Event hosted by Kona Stories Book Shop at 6 p.m. Tuesday. This event is free to the public and offers a chance for you to meet and greet some of Hawaii’s favorite authors and artists while you enjoy complimentary pupu and wine. April’s featured authors are: Gary L. Ivey, Leslie Karst and Mike Taylor.


Ivey began writing “Backlash” in 2000 and published the first edition in 2011. The novel was followed in 2018 by the release of “Backlash 2: Justice Denied.” Ivey also recently finished a biblical novel called “Thine is the Kingdom” about the reign of King Saul and the rise of King David.

The daughter of a law professor and a potter, Karst learned at a young age, during family dinner conversations, the value of both careful analysis and the arts—ideal ingredients for a mystery story. Karst, her wife and their Jack Russell Terrier mix split their time between Santa Cruz and Hilo. Karst’s last book, “Death al Fresco,” was recently nominated for the prestigious Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery of 2018.

Mike Taylor left his life in the wilderness of Montana to live on the Big Island. At the Aloha Theatre and Café, Taylor was the esteemed technical director and racked up an impressive number of productions in his eleven years. Mike has completed his first three novels; “A Thousand Sleeps,” “Plentiful” and “Malama Ko Aloha (Keep The Love),” the passionate, loving, often brutal story of Hawaii Island after the death of Kamehameha the Great and the coming of the missionaries. He is presently working on his fourth novel, “Double Cross,” set in Montana Territory in the 1890s.

This event starts at 6 p.m. with an informal meet and greet merging into a more formal book presentation from each author and concluding around 8 p.m. after a Q&A session. Dress is casual aloha wear. Kona Stories is located in the Keauhou Shopping Center.

Info: Call Brenda or Joy at 324-0350.

Hawaii Writers Guild to present Writers’ Voices

Hawaii Writers Guild will present its April Writers’ Voices reading from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Thelma Parker Memorial Library, 67-1209 Mamalahoa Highway, in Waimea.

Writers’ Voices is an evening of original readings by Guild members. Readers at the April Writers’ Voices will include Guild members Dr. Heather Rivera, Duncan Dempster, Jada Tan Rufo and Cecilia Johansen.

Rivera will be reading from her latest novel, “Twice Again,” the story of a woman’s unusual empowerment after her death from violent domestic abuse.

Dempster, a Guild member and its webmaster, will be reading from his newly completed novel, “Where are You?,” a sequel to his debut novel, “Chapel on the Moor.” Steeped in mystery, the story unfolds with touches of fantasy.

Rufo, who spent 14 years as an English as a second language teacher in China, will read from her memoir “Banana Girl,” a record of her adventures as an Asian-American woman in a foreign land.

Johansen, a Kailua-Kona resident and former host of Writers’ Voices, will read from her recently-completed historical novella, “The Captain and the Lady,” which demanded a life of its own after starting out as a segment of a historical novel based on Johansen’s ancestors.


Pictures and stories of past readings are posted on the Guild website at http://www.hawaiiwritersguild.com/guild-news.html.

Info: For additional information or directions contact Joy Fisher at 238-0551.

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