Letters: About “Captain Cooked”

Famed Tiki artist Brad Parker and best-selling author S. P. Grogan are hosting a joint signing event at the Royal Kona Resort, 75 5852 Ali’i Drive, February 20th, 4 p.m. to sunset. Parker created the book cover for Grogan’s new mystery,Captain Cooked. The mystery novel will be signed by both artist and author and those purchasing Captain Cooked will also receive a free signed poster of the book cover artwork. Brad Parker, Big Island artist in residence, is well known for his brightly colored Tiki motifs, found in multi-media designs including art, prints, and even Body Glove swim wear and beach towels/mats. One well known work is “Bela Lugosi drinks a Zombie.” Many of his creations will be on display and available for purchase. His work can be viewed at www.TikiShark.com. S.P.Grogan is the best selling author of Vegas Die. His latest mystery, Captain Cooked, according to a reviewer, is ‘if Janet Evanovich morphed into Rachel Ray while filming a remake of Perils of Pauline’. Subtitle is “Hawaiian Mystery of Romance, Revenge and Recipes.” Captain Cooked has recipes from 25 of the top chefs and restaurants on The Big Island, and the book even has an embedded GPS treasure hunt for those who wish to tour the island. More about his work can found at www.CaptainCooked.com, or by clicking here..

Any help you can give us to remind your fan base that Mr. Grogan will be on island on a book signing tour.  A portion of book sales proceeds goes to Big Island Food Basket Program.
What is important is that the story features all local contacts, top island chefs and restaurants, tour of island, and local artists. showcased like Kathy Long, Herb Kane, and Brad Parker.
H. Addison, publisher

Saturday, February 19th Borders Bookstore in Kailua-Kona 10:30 am

Saturday, February 19th at Basically Books in Hilo 2 pm

Sunday, February 20th  10am, Big Island Geocachers at Island Lava Java restaurant — Open to Public

Tuesday, March 1st, Kona Stories in Kailua-Kona 6 pm

East Hawaii News — Join BIPC To Raise Money For Library Books

image courtesy of Pins and Ashes

(Media release) — In a continuing effort to foster literacy, the Big Island Press Club has launched a campaign to help replenish the children’s book collections at three East Hawaii public libraries just in time for Christmas.

“Learning and loving to read is a key element to a discriminating public, and for a lot of children, the public library is their first exposure to vast choices in reading,” BIPC president Stephanie Salazar said.

BIPC board member Brandon Haleamau proposed raising the funds after learning of the need to replace worn-out books at the Hilo, Naalehu, and Pahoa public libraries.

“Librarians said many of  the books are just worn out and they need to replace them, but their funds are limited,” Haleamau said. Read more

Dispatches From Curt — Gerbil Wheels And Other Musings

Art by Miriam Levenstein

Art by Miriam Levenstein

By Curtis Narimatsu

Kevin Hickman Steadman’s extraordinary “Gerbil Wheels” book backdrops Kevin’s Alaska fishing cruise where he reminisces about life and history.

“Gerbil Wheels” published in October 2009 by Kevin Hickman Steadman (born December 7, 1953) denotes running for fun and pleasure, as with a runner’s high, and Kevin’s extraordinary run into life’s unseen horizons reveals secrets about ourselves which only audacious exploration brings. Kevin picked his book title “Gerbil Wheels” from waitress Dawn on the Tustumena ship during Kevin’s week long Alaska fishing trip with his dad. This fishing trip is the backdrop for Kevin’s wondrous reminiscences on his family and on history. Dawn repeated what Dawn’s mother said when Dawn was a child, “If you don’t do anything adventurous, the days, weeks, and months mix together to become years, and it’s like a gerbil’s wheel; you can’t tell one year from the next. But by doing exciting things, you can remember different years and parts of your life. It may not be for everyone, but it makes sense to me.” (page 175 of Gerbil Wheels)

The irony of Gerbil Wheels is its contradiction, what Gerbils love is not what we perceive — life almost always is opaque, not crystal clear. Read more