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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.
Tom read from Daughters of Fire and signed copies of the novel March 13-17 at four Oʻahu venues, including an Oʻahu book club, the Kapolei Public Library, Barnes & Noble’s Kahala Mall store, and at Hawaiʻi’s oldest bookstore, Revolution Books in Honolulu. The Barnes & Noble event was cosponsored with the Pacific Writers Connection (www.pacificwriters.org) as a bookfair to raise funds for the nonprofit literary organization.
Tom will read from Daughters of Fire at three public events on Oʻahu—in Kapolei on March 13 and in Honolulu on the weekend of March 16 and 17. For details please see the poster below or check out Koa Book’s Facebook link here: Facebook Events Page.
Tom will also meet privately with a Honolulu book club that chose Daughters of Fire for their monthly selection.
About three dozen people attended a lively discussion of Daughters of Fire at the monthly meeting of the Kona Library Book Club on Tuesday morning, February 19th. The longstanding group met on the lanai of the Kailua-Kona library. The novel is wildly popular among Hawaiʻi's library readers, who wait weeks for one of the state's many copies to become available.
Tom visited Kauaʻi from January 23 to January 29 to introduce his novel to Kauaʻi residents and visitors. He kicked off the book tour with three interviews on Kauaʻi’s legendary community radio station KKCR, which stirred a number of people to come to the readings. Mahalo to Kaʻiulani and Donovan, hosts of “Songs of Sovereignty”; Tracey, host of the “Kauaʻi Vibrations” program; and Jonathan and Dave, hosts of the “Out of the Box” drive-time show. Tom then did three readings and book signings—in Hanapepe, Kapaʻa and Kilauea.
In January Tom returned to Maui to read from Daughters of Fire in Lahaina, Kapalua and Kahului, receiving warm receptions at each venue. A big mahalo goes out to Koa Books Publisher and Editor Arnie Kotler who arranged the readings and accompanied Tom to each event.
Lahaina on Friday evening
A lively, overflow crowd gathered in Volcano Village on Saturday night, January 12th to hear Tom read several excerpts from Daughters of Fire. Consumate host Ira Ono catered a lovely party for those who joined the author at Ira’s Volcano Garden Arts gallery and café (www.volcanogardenarts.com).