Basically Books—the literary hub of Hilo—hosted four Big Island writers for its “A Touch of Mystery” event on Halloween. The well attended reading featured a portentous dream, an armed kidnapping, the search for a missing musubi mogul, and a murder on the active lava flows of Kilauea.
Authors Tom Peek, Justina Taft, Al McDermid, and Frankie Bow.
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Tom recently met with University of Minnesota undergraduates who were asked to read Daughters of Fire before immersing themselves in the rich cultural milieu of Hawaiʻi. Their professor invited Tom to surprise them with an impromptu author visit at a paʻina (Hawaiian party) in the Big Island town of Pahala during their three-week cross-cultural exploration to the islands in May 2015. (Photos by Dr. Ryan Goei, students, and Tom Peek.)
Victoria Mudd, Academy Award winning producer of “Broken Rainbow” and “Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion,” recently endorsed Daughters of Fire, calling the novel “an enthralling ride that introduces the reader to virtually all of the forces at work in Hawaiʻi today:”
“From the historical to the scientific, the spiritual to the political, to corruption and eruptions, this carefully researched thriller MUST be made into a film! I can think of no more effective way to inform the public of what is really going on in Hawaiʻi.”
University of Minnesota undergraduates were asked to read Daughters of Fire before immersing themselves in the complex cultural milieu of Hawaiʻi during their three-week cross-cultural exploration to the islands in January 2015. Tom, who grew up in Minnesota, attended their Big Island welcoming paʻina (traditional Hawaiian feast) on the slopes of Mauna Loa in Pahala.
Nineteen first year students visiting Hawaiʻi from Albion College (www.albion.edu) in Albion, Michigan were asked by their professors to read Daughters of Fire as part of their pre-trip cultural and geological orientation to the islands. On the first day of their week-long exploration, Tom fielded questions and comments from the students over breakfast following their dawn trek to the rim of Kilauea caldera. (Photos by Dr. Suellyn Henke)
Writers with tales to tell, poems to create, or essays to share can obtain seasoned guidance from Tom in his popular and insightful workshop Empowered by the Pen! It's a Saturday of liberating exercises that stir creative juices and stimulate the wild regions of the mind. The Big Island's renowned Volcano Art Center will host Tom's workshop on January 21, 2015 at its lovely Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.
Tom helped one of Hawaiʻi’s renowned independent bookstores, Kona Stories (www.konastories.com), celebrate their 8th birthday on Small Business Saturday, November 29, 2014. Brenda McConnell and Joy Vogelgesand opened their Kona bookstore back when Borders was the Big Island’s giant competitor—and outlasted that mainland corporate seller through courage, creativity, and love for the West Hawaiʻi community.
Tom joined acclaimed Maui authors Jill Engledow and Wayne Moniz at this year’s Made in Maui Festival on November 7 and 8 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului (http://www.madeinmauicountyfestival.com). Nine-thousand people attended the Friday/Saturday extravaganza--including residents, visitors, and wholesalers from Hawaiian and the continent on the lookout for new and exciting Hawaii-made products.
Writers with personal stories to tell can obtain seasoned guidance from Tom in his popular and insightful workshop Writing Family History and Personal Memoir, a day of liberating exercises designed to get one’s true-life tales onto the page. The workshop, offered by the Big Island’s Volcano Art Center, will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Tom will "talk story" on KVMR Radio’s acclaimed Kanikapila Hawaiian Music Show with Michael Keene—Sunday, August 31 at 10:30 AM California time (7:30 AM in Hawaiʻi). Michael's popular program is a Northern California fixture, bringing the music, culture, and aloha of Hawaiʻi to Golden State listeners for decades.
Live stream Michael’s show at http://www.kvmr.org/player or, in California, tune in to 89.5 FM.