Nationally acclaimed author Jon Shirota, whose Lucky Come Hawaii was the first novel by an Asian American Hawai‘i author to become a bestseller, will be back in the Islands for several public appearances sponsored by the Manoa Foundation. Lucky Come Hawaii will be released in a new, revised edition in late November by Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing and University of Hawai‘i Press.
Thursday, November 5, 3:00-4:30 pm: University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Kuykendall Hall, Room 410. Shirota will talk on the Okinawan sense of place in his writings, including those in the latest Manoa journal, Voices from Okinawa.
Thursday, November 5–Sunday, December 6, various times: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street, Downtown Honolulu. Performances of Shirota’s play, Voices from Okinawa.
Monday, November 9, 5:00-6:00 pm: UH-West O‘ahu, Kuhialoko Lanai (E-Building). Shirota’s talk, “Akisamiyo! From a Pig Farmer to a Writer” will follow a reception at 4:00. This event is part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the UHM Center for Okinawan Studies.
Friday, November 13, 7:00 pm: Kapi‘olani Community College, Ohi‘a Building. “A Conversation with Jon Shirota” will be hosted by Chancellor Leon Richards; part of KCC’s International Week celebration. Entertainment by Okinawan dance and sanshin performers.
Visit Voices from Okinawa Online for more information on Jon Shirota and his work.