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Past: Saturday June 3, 2023

Poetry Reading with Amanda Galvin Huynh

Join us at da Shop for an afternoon of poetry with Amanda Galvan Huynh. She will read from her newest collection Where My Umbilical is Buried. Galvan Huynh explores what it means to be a daughter of a grieving mother, orphaned at sixteen, and the ways trauma passes down to the next generation. Q&A plus book signing to follow.

Past: Saturday May 20, 2023

Book Launch Party: Char Siu

For fans of Scott Kikkawa's detective series that started with Kona Winds and left us eager for more after Red Dirt, the wait is over! Join us to celebrate the release of his third new novel Char Siu (Bamboo Ridge Press) and meet the author of noir himself. There will be a scintillating conversation with Scott and Noe Tanigawa about the book, its depiction of Honolulu's territorial history; and the author's writing process, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Past: Saturday May 13, 2022 @ 2:00 p.m.

Writers in Conversation: Pamela Rotner Sakamato & Claire Chao on family stories

As part of da Shop's AAPI Heritage Month recognition in May, we are honored to host local writer and educator Pamela Rotner Sakamoto. As the author of Midnight in Broad Daylight, she will be in conversation with another local writer and author of Remembering Shanghai, Claire Chao about the experience of writing family stories. Join us for an enlightening, lively talk story that includes the personal touches on Asian American history we can individually or collectively relate to.

Saturday April 29, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Independent Bookstore Day 2023

It's the biggest party of our year in celebration of da Shop's 5th Anniversary and Indie Bookstore Day!

Shop from LOCAL MAKERS including Jahier Studio, Kakou Collective, Meristic Designs, and Tamiko Claire Ceramics. MEET THE AUTHOR, Scott Kikkawa and his new book, Char Siu. And join us for BIRTHDAY CAKE at 2:00 p.m.!

Past: Sunday April 16, 2023

da YA Book Club

We are starting a book club!

Join us for our first meeting, featuring This Is How You Lose the Time War! Everyone (age 18+) is welcome for meaningful discussion, community, and snacks (yes!). Enjoy the special BOGO 40% off - buy two copies, one for you and one for a friend (discount code BOGO40). RSVP is encouraged but not required. To join the book club email list for the latest news and schedule, call or email da Shop!

Past: Saturday April 15, 2023

Talk Story w da Editor Lee Tonouchi

Hawaii's very own Lee Tonouchi has edited the first-of-its-kind anthology of writings by Okinawan writers, artists and creators. CHIBURU, published by Bess Press, is an innovative collection of diasporic Hawaii Okinawan literature that explores stories and expressions about Okinawan identity, culture, values, and history, all in the context of also growing up or living in Hawaii. Stop by to talk story with Lee and other special guests at this book talk and signing.

Past: Saturday March 18, 2023

Author Talk by Mike Malaghan: A Question of Loyalty

Join us for another literary afternoon this time with author Mike Malaghan as he discusses his second novel from the Picture Bride trilogy by Watermark Publishing. Book signing to follow the talk story. Don't miss this chance to immerse yourself in the stories of WWII as well Japanese and pre-statehood Hawaii history.

Past: Saturday February 25, 2023

Writers in Conversation: Lilith Walks ~ a dialogue between two writers and a dog

Come to da Shop for a heartfelt author talk and book signing with Susan Schultz, author and co-founder of Tinfish Press, as she discusses her latest book Lilith Walks. Schultz will share conversation with local poet/writer Timothy Dyke and her four-legged companion Lilith, who inspired the book. Join us for a fun afternoon in exploration of life in all its multitudes that can happen on the daily walks with one's dog!

Past Saturday December 17, 2022

Holiday Jam-a-Long

Bring your 'ukulele (not required) and your holiday spirit for some merriment and local-style caroling together! Led by musician Jody Kamisato, kids can learn all the favorites from Jingle Bells to Mele Kalikimaka, and of course, the one-and-only Numbah One Day of Christmas song counting down all da gifts from Tutu! This keiki hour also includes making Christmas cards and ornaments with local illustrators Tammy Yee and Jon Murakami (Mutual Publishing) topped off with milk and cookies!

Past: Saturday December 10 @ 2:00 p.m.

Ryka Aoki @ da Shop!

da Shop is honored and excited to host author/poet Ryka Aoki for a book talk and signing. Presented in conversation with fantasy writer Kate Elliott, they will be discussing Ryka's innovative and magical novel Light From Uncommon Stars.

Past: Sunday December 4, 2022

Bamboo Ridge Book Party • Snaring New Suns

Calling all sci-fi and fantasy fans! Bamboo Ridge has created the first-of-its-kind anthology of LOCAL short stories across speculative genres. Come celebrate their newest issue and meet some of the writers and editors behind this amazing collection.

Past: Saturday December 3, 2022

Keiki Story Time @ da Shop: Holiday Edition

Local author Mary Lou Sanelli has published her first children's story ~ Bella Likes to Try. A little girl named Bella is looking for that one thing she could be good at. She tries different sports and activities until she takes a ballet class and auditions for The Nutcracker show. This is a great story about children exploring their interests and persevering. A craft, simple dance demo, and book signing follows the author's reading.

Past: Saturday November 26, 2022

KIK/Small Business Saturday

Shop at da Shop plus over 40 different local businesses to kickoff the official holiday season. Enjoy 20% of your in-store purchase as well as browse unique gifts from local makers at our warehouse pop-up market.

Past: Saturday November 19, 2022

Keiki Story Time @ da Shop • Mahalo Edition

Mutual Publishing co-hosts this story time just in time for the season of thanksgiving and blessings with their new picture book Leilani Blessed and Grateful. A craft and author signing to follow the reading.

Past: Saturday November 12, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Lee Cataluna: Author Talk & Book Signing

Presented in partnership with Bamboo Ridge, da Shop is honored to host Lee Cataluna––Hawaii's most prolific contemporary playwright––in celebration of her newest collection of works. Flowers of Hawai‘i includes the title play and three others (Aloha Attire, The Great Kaua‘i Train Robbery, and Uncle’s Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is Cancelled Tonight).

Past: Saturday October 22, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

Keiki Story Time @ da Shop with Alohasaurus

Celebrate a new keiki book launch by BeachHouse Publishing! Join us for author Vera Arita's Alohasaurus story time. After the reading and craft, get your book signed by the author.

PAST: Friday October 7, 2022, 5:00 p.m.

Julian Aguon in conversation with Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘opua

Chamorro human rights lawyer and defender from Guam, and now author of a new edition of his book, Julian Aguon, will be here for the final stop of his mini U.S. book tour. Come by and meet Julian and/or talk story about No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies, a moving collection of essays that gives ode to the earth and to indigenous peoples everywhere––especially Pacific Islanders––and is a call for social and environmental justice now.

PAST: Saturday October 1, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

Keiki Story Time @ da Shop • Aloha Edition

Lucky we live Hawaii! Join author of Punky Aloha, Shar Tuiasoa, along with Jody Kamisato of Ukulele Hale for a fun-filled time of stories, jam-along music, and LOTS of aloha. P.S. There's gonna be some yummy treats by Fine Time Shave Ice, too! Don't miss this special story time hour!

PAST: Saturday September 24, 2022

da Shop Talk: A Writing Life in Hawaii

Join us for a casual talk story with some of Honolulu's working writers. Meet Don Wallace, Christy Passion, Scott Kikkawa, and Jeffrey Higa who will share about what it is like being a published writer with a day job. From the hustle to the reality of writers' block, this bookish hour is perfect for those aspiring to have a writing career, or for anyone who enjoys talking shop about all things literary. Authors will be available to sign their books afterwards. Free to the public. Note: This is NOT a writing workshop, but there will be time for Q & A.

Past: Saturday September 10, 2022

Keiki Story Time @ da Shop

A double feature story time with A Shape Shifting Adventure in Hawaii by Daniel Frates AND Haku and Sam by Shane Petosa-Sigel (Beachouse Publishing)

Join local authors Daniel Frates and Shane Petosa-Sigel who will read from their picture books. There will be a craft and both authors will be available to sign books after the reading.

Past: Saturday August 27, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

Keiki Story Time @ da Shop

Local author Tammy Yee will read from her new book The Angel of Santo Tomas, which tells the story of the courageous Dr. Fe del Mundo, a filipino woman who overcame hardships to become a pediatrician and humanitarian. Her life is an example that will inspire children to pursue science and medicine with the heart to help others, especially the less fortunate. Craft and book signing to follow the reading.

Past: Saturday August 13, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

Keiki Story Time @ da Shop

Join us for a very special story time with author/librarian Gabrielle Ahuli‘i Ferreira Holt, who will read a series of Hawaiian legends adapted for even the youngest of readers. Join us for a reading, craft, book signing, then treat the whole family to some popsicles by Pop Box Hawaii at this family-friendly, fun time!

Past: Saturday August 6, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Reflections in Stone and Bronze: Exploring Hawaii's HIstory Through Scuplture ~ Book Talk & Signing

In partnership with Mutual Publishing, we are pleased to host local author Cheryl D. Soon, Ph.D. for a discussion of her new book. Presented as a conversation between Dr. Soon and State Librarian Stacey Aldrich, we will dive into the fascinating history of sculptures as the "silent storytellers" throughout Hawaii. There will also be live music by Peter Apo, who will share his interpretations of songs written by the various musicians whose statues are described in the book.

Past: Wednesday July 27, 2022, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Civil Beat Book Club • The Mailbox Conspiracy In-person discussion

Join the Honolulu Civll Beat community for a free moderated book club event with author Ali Silvert. Come ready to share thoughts and ask questions about the story behind the story of the book. This meet-up takes place in da Shop's warehouse.

Past: Saturday July 23, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

Keiki Story Time @ da Shop

Featuring Milo's Endless Drawing Pad by Sheri Tamamoto in partnership with Beachouse Publishing

Join local author Sheri Tamamoto who will share a story about a boy named Milo who learns how to overcome obstacles and frustration to express his creativity and curiosity about the world. Aunty Sheri will be available to sign books after the reading.

Past: Saturday July 16, 2022 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Carbon Almanac • Worldwide Book Signing

Be part of a historic book signing: Independent bookstores across the globe will collaborate on Saturday, July 16 to break a world record for the most authors to sign a book in person in one day. Richie Biluan, a contributor from Hawaii, will sign books here in Kaimuki. Richie will also be showcasing a collection of black-and-white keiki photography she has taken over the last three years on Molokai and Oahu. Don't miss this unique book event! Learn more about the event here>>

Past: Friday July 8, 2022 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Kapaemahu Book Signing @ Bishop Museum

da Shop, in partnership with Bishop Museum, will host a book signing at the first talk of the Kapaemahu Speaker Series: Hidden in Plain Sight: The History of The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu in a Changing Waikīkī. Hear a conversation about the first written version of the moʻolelo, its loss, rediscovery, and restoration—all in the context of the rise of tourism, militarization, and the erosion of Hawaiian cultural identity throughout the 20th century. Meet the authors after the discussion and get your first-edition copy signed! Register here or learn more about the event.

Past: Thursday July 7th, 2022 11:00 a.m. HST

Civil Beat Book Club: The Mailbox Conspiracy Virtual Discussion

Join the Honolulu Civil Beat community for a free moderated book club event on The Mailbox Conspiracy. There will be two sessions: A virtual Q&A with the author Alexander Silvert and D.C. Reporter Nick Grube as well as a separate in-person book club discussion hosted by Nick Grube at da Shop's warehouse in Kaimuki. Buy the Book and Register for the virtual event or the in-person discussion.

Past: Saturday July 2, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

Keiki Story Time @ da Shop

Featuring The Bravest Opihi by Juliet Kono in partnership with Beachhouse Publishing

Come hear the story of a young girl and her brother who venture out too far into the deep ocean. Suddenly a giant eel, the Great Puhi, grabs her brother and pulls him under. Frantic, Nani, his sister, turns to the sea creatures for help. A story for all ages about being brave and working together. Aunty Juliet will be available to sign books after the reading.

Past: Saturday June 25, 2022 10:00 a.m.

Keiki Story Time @ da Shop

Featuring Alphabet Hukilau in Hawaii by Vera Arita in partnership with Beachhouse Publishing.

Join author Vera Arita for a hukilau at the beach! Cast our nets into the sea and watch what we catch from A to Z! This storytime is a fun way to learn the alphabet and a few facts about some of Hawai‘i’s colorful and amazing sea life. For ages birth to 5 years, but all are welcome. Aunty Vera will be available to sign books after the reading.

Past: Sunday, June 12th, 2022 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. HST

Book Reading & Signing: The Long Corner by Alexander Maksik

It is early 2017 in New York City, Donald Trump is President, and Solomon Fields  finds himself disillusioned by the hollowness and conformity of American life and language. Once brimming with dreams and ideals instilled in him by his eternally bohemian grandmother, Sol now finds the senseless jargon he produces at work seeping into all aspects of the world around him--and most disturbingly, into the art that his beloved grandmother taught him to revere. 

da Shop is pleased to host an author reading and signing with Maui-based novelist Alexander Maksik. He will appear in conversation with D. W. Wilson, Kailua-based author of 14 Miles. Preorder The Long Corner

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Past: Saturday, June 11th, 2022 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. HST

Book Launch & Storytime: Punky Aloha by Shar Tuiasoa

Meet Punky Aloha: a girl who uses the power of saying aloha to experience exciting and unexpected adventures! Inspired by Shar’s own childhood on O‘ahu, Punky is a Polynesian girl who carries her culture in her heart and in everything she does. Young readers will love to follow this fun character all over the island of O‘ahu.

Join us at da Shop: books + curiosities for this special story time with author/illustrator and inspired creator of the Punky Aloha brand, Shar Tuiasoa, in celebration of her new book!  Preorder Punky Aloha

Past: Tuesday June 7th, 2022 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. HST

Book Launch: Nuclear Family by Joseph Han

Set in the months leading up to the 2018 false missile alert in Hawaiʻi, Joseph Han’s profoundly funny and strikingly beautiful debut novel is an offering that aches with histories inherited, and reunions missed, asking how we heal in the face of what we forget and who we remember.

da Shop, in partnership with Counterpoint Press, will be launching local author Joseph Han's debut novel, Nuclear Family. Come meet the author, hear a discussion of his book with Anjoli Roy, and get your first-edition copy signed! Preorder Nuclear Family

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Past: Wednesday May 4th, 2022 @ 2:30 p.m. HST

Virtual Author Talk: Mieko Kawakami & her new release All the Lovers in the Night


da Shop, in partnership with Third Place Books and Europa Editions, is pleased to present Japanese novelist Mieko Kawakami in a discussion of her latest novel, All the Lovers in the Night, translated into English by Sam Bett and David Boyd. Kawakami will be joined in conversation by Katie Kitamura, the author of Intimacies, one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2021 and a finalist for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize. Meri Joyce will interpret.

Past: Saturday April 30th, 2022 11am-2pm HST


Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday of April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different.

This year, da Shop is thrilled to have Adam J. Kurtz and Jane Mount as special guests. They will be here from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. signing their books and selling other fun stuff they make. Check out all the unique merch and receive gifts with a book purchase that you can only get on IBD. Not before. Not after. Nowhere else.

Local artisans Jahier Studio and Beachcake are also popping up with an array of handmade goods such as enamel pins, embroidery, and ceramics.

This free event does not require an rsvp. Just show up and enjoy the day with us!

Past: Saturday April 2nd, 2022 11am-4pm

da Shop's 4th Birthday Party

Join the festivities all day long, including a birthday sale (25% - 50% off + Bess Press warehouse sale), a pop-up by Jana Lam Hawaii, and ono food by Papi's Empanadas and Via Gelato.

Storytime and book signings by Aunty April of Keiki Kaukau and Chris Caravalho of Mana Comics happening at 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Don't miss out!

Past: Wednesday March 30th, 2022 6:00PM HST

Civil Beat Book Club: Kipuka

Kīpuka: Finding Refuge In Times Of Change from Bamboo Ridge Press is a book of poetry and prose about living in contemporary Hawaii. Civil Beat's digital producer, Kuʻu Kauanoe, hosts an in-person book club discussion at da Shop's warehouse.

The night will start off with an hour-long book club discussion, followed by a half hour for writing and sharing.

Covid Protocols: At the moment, proof of vaccination will be required to attend the in-person portion of this event. Event details are subject to change.

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Past: Saturday December 18, 2021 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Surprise Pop-Up with Artist Lauren Trangmar

Artist Lauren Trangmar will be popping up in our warehouse on Saturday, December 18th from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Come browse matted prints, greeting cards, shirts, assorted stickers and get some holiday gifts checked off your list! Lauren's art is inspired by the lifestyle, culture and natural elements of Hawai‘i life.

Artist Bio: Lauren Trangmar is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer with roots in Hawai‘i and New Zealand. She specializes in highly detailed illustrations that often reference the conventions of historical, scientific illustration with a contemporary, whimsical twist. Themes that are explored in her most recent work include the relationship between storytelling, culture, myths, history, art, science, and the study of natural history.

Saturday November 27, 2021 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Scott Kikkawa's Red Dirt Signing & Small Business Saturday

Scott Kikkawa, author of Kona Winds and new release Red Dirt, will be signing books at da Shop's Small Business Saturday Sale. Signed books make extra special gifts!

Local artisan pop-ups by Beachcake (ceramics) and Mamanu (handsewn keiki goods) along with the Waikiki Curry food truck add to the holiday shopping festivities.

Keep-it-Kaimukī's Small Business Saturday community is all about supporting our local neighborhood businesses. Check out deals & discounts throughout Kaimukī by following @keepitkaimuki or visit

Past: Wednesday November 24th, 2021 5:30PM HST

Civil Beat Book Club: The Value of Hawai'i 3

Join the Honolulu Civil Beat community for a free moderated book club event for the 2021 release, The Value of Hawai'i 3: Hulihia, the Turning. This discussion will be moderated by Civil Beat's Julia Steele. Details for registration will be posted when available.

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Past: Wednesday September 29th, 2021 5:30PM HST

Civil Beat Book Club: Food and Power in Hawai'i

Join the Honolulu Civil Beat community for a free moderated book club event for Food and Power in Hawai'i: Visions of Food Democracy. This discussion will be moderated by Civil Beat's Claire Caulfield. Details for registration will be posted when available.

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Past: Thursday August 5th, 2021, 5:00PM HST

Virtual Author Talk: Radar Girls

Join us for a special moderated author talk with Sara Ackerman to celebrate her anticipated upcoming new release, Radar Girls!

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Past: Wednesday July 28th, 2021 5:30PM HST

Civil Beat Book Club: Nānā I Ke Kumu, Vol.3

Join the Honolulu Civil Beat community for a free moderated book club event for the 2020 release, Nānā I Ke Kumu, Helu ʻEkolu Vol. 3. This discussion will be moderated by Civil Beat's Kuu Kauanoe.

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Past: Wednesday June 30th, 5:00PM HST

Civil Beat Book Club: When You Trap A Tiger

Join the Honolulu Civil Beat community for a free moderated book club event for When You Trap A Tiger by local author Tae Keller. This book was recently awarded the Newbery Medal for distinguished children's literature. This discussion will be moderated by Civil Beat reporter Suevon Lee. Details for registration will be posted when available.

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Past: Saturday June 19th, 2021, 3:00PM HST

Virtual Author Talk: Calabash Stories

Join us for a da Shop special talk-story with Calabash Stories author Jeffrey Higa! Calabash Stories is an unforgettable collection of lucid stories deeply rooted in his Japanese-Hawaiian heritage, in the tradition of Gabriel García Márquez and Maxine Hong Kingston. This event is free and hosted virtually.

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PAST: Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 5:30PM HST

Author Talk & Civil Beat Book Club: Murder Leaves Its Mark

Join us and Civil Beat for a free double-feature event! We kick off at 5:30pm with a moderated Author Talk with Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl and Civil Beat's Claire Caulfield, followed immediately by the book club discussion on Zoom. Link for the zoom discussion provided upon registration.

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Past: Sunday, December 6th, 2020 2:00 - 3:00p HST

Virtual Author Talk: All the Love in the World!

ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD is a debut prose collection by award-winning poet Cathy Song. The deeply personal, interconnected short stories follow highlights in family history across continents and generations. All the Love in the World has quickly become a local bestseller. This event will be moderated by Mindy Pennybacker and have time for audience questions. Click the link below for more information and to register!

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Past: Sunday, December 6, 2020 3:00 - 4:00PM HST

Virtual Author Talk: Intellectual Anarchy

Local scientific innovation firm Oceanit CEO, Patrick K. Sullivan’s new book asks: How do we move the future from the distant horizon to the present day? We need Intellectual AnarchyTM. Dr. Sullivan’s book describes how the Intellectual AnarchyTM methodology followed at Oceanit for the past 35 years has generated disruptive solutions to “impossible” problems. Join us for this special talk story, moderated by our own David DeLuca, to learn more!

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Past: Wednesday December 2, 2020 5:00 - 6:30PM HST

Civil Beat Book Club: An American Sickness

Join Civil Beat's Book Club for a discussion about "An American Sickness" hosted by health reporter Eleni Avendaño. "I picked this book up before the pandemic to better understand how to navigate the health world... Elizabeth Rosenthal breaks down how we as patients and consumers can better understand the system and the historical underpinnings of how we got here." Free for all.

Saturday November 21, 2020 2:00PM HST

Virtual Author Talk! Kona Winds

Local author Scott Kikkawa will host a talk story about his popular debut novel. KONA WINDS is a hard-boiled noir murder mystery set in Honolulu in 1953, when Hawai'i was changing from a racially stratified, near-feudal plantation colony to the multi-ethnic 50th State. Free virtual event.

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October 14th, 2020 5:00 - 6:30p

Civil Beat Book Club: Murder Casts a Shadow

Free virtual event! In honor of October, we chose a mystery thriller: "Murder Casts A Shadow," by local author Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl. Book Club meeting is virtual and free. Stay tuned for the link to sign up.

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Sunday September 27, 2020 2:00PM HST

Virtual Author Talk! Aloha Rodeo by David Wolman

PAST: August 23rd, 2020 2:00PM

Virtual Author Talk! Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sarah Ackerman

Moderated by Don Wallace, Sarah speaks about her latest WWII historical fiction novel, her research process and the parallels between war-time Hawaii and pandemic-Hawaii. 

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PAST: August 5th, 2020 5:00PM

Civil Beat Book Club: Nine Lives by Dan Baum

The hidden history of the haunted and beloved city of New Orleans, told through the intersecting lives of nine remarkable characters.

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PAST: May 10th, 2020

Virtual Author Talk: Wave Woman by Vicky Durand

Wave Woman is a charming and intimate biography, a love letter from a daughter to her progressive mother who broke glass ceilings with simple curiosity and desire. Both award winning surfers, Vicky takes us through a fascinating presentation of Betty's life, then we have a moderated talk story about the book with Honolulu Magazine's Don Wallace.

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Past: April 25th, 2020

Virtual Author Talk: Sharks in the Time of Saviors

Written by Kawai Strong Washburn, this talk story is moderated by Honolulu Magazine's Don Wallace. Kawai and Don talk story about the author's upbringing, inspiration for the novel, and also field questions from event attendees. Kawai will also read several passages from his book and provide detail about their meaning, construct and more.

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