Literary events in two of Hawaiʻi Island’s most beautiful towns—Volcano Village on Kilauea and Hawi in North Kohala—celebrated the critical success of Daughters of Fire, recipient of numerous positive reviews and winner of a Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association.
American colleges and universities have begun using Daughters of Fire in their courses, providing students with a deeper and more up-to-date understanding of contemporary Hawaiʻi and the deepening cultural conflicts that emerged after the islands became a US state in 1959.
A deep and lively discussion of Daughters of Fire took place at the Keauhou Shopping Center courtyard (in front of the Kona Stories bookstore) on Saturday afternoon, January 28. The Kona chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Kona Stories sponsored the reading, discussion and book signing. (Photos by Catherine Robbins)
Award-winning author Mark Panek joined Tom in Hilo for an evening reading and discussion of their two post-statehood novels, Panek’s Hawaiʻi and Peek’s Daughters of Fire. The event, held downtown at Basically Books, was part of Hilo’s “Red and White Night” holiday extravaganza.
Tom Peek’s North American Author Tour (October – November 2013)
Beginning mid-October 2013 Tom Peek will be on tour in the Western and Midwest regions of the United States as well as British Columbia, Canada. Check below for locations and dates. Times listed are local times. And please head over to our Facebook Page to let us know you'll be attending one of Tom's readings and to invite your Facebook friends.
This summer Daughters of Fire made its off-island debut at Book Expo America, the largest U.S. publishing event of the year. Many thousands attended the three-day extravaganza, held May 30 – June 1 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan Island. There Tom introduced the novel to members of that North American and international crowd, talking with booksellers, librarians, and various other book industry representatives. Mahalo to the friendly sales reps at SCB Distributors—Koa Books’ North American distributor—for hosting Tom at their lively and colorful booth!
The Independent Book Publishers Association (IPBA)—the largest not-for-profit trade group in the U.S. book industry—recognizes excellence and innovation in independent publishing with its annual Benjamin Franklin Awards, named in honor of America’s most cherished publisher/printer.
Daughters of Fire was featured at the May 18-19 Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival (www.hawaiibookandmusicfestival.org), the state’s premier literary and musical event. Tom went over to Honolulu a couple of days early for two festival-related media interviews and an additional reading for a Honolulu group—and all that was before the festival began. All in all, it was an event-filled four days in Honolulu!
Tom reads at the Waikiki Outrigger Canoe Club
Back by popular demand, Tom read from Daughters of Fire at Basically Books in Hilo during the 50th Merrie Monarch hula festival, his third reading at this Hilo literary landmark. During the lively discussion, he also talked about his "writing journey," beginning long ago on a backwaters island in the Upper Mississippi in Minnesota and culminating with his experiences in Keaukaha and on Kilauea and Mauna Kea.