Basically Book’s calendar of events in Hilo. Information about our local book talks, signings, live Hawaiian music, cultural events, and more!
Events in March 2019
- Lehua Parker Author Event
Lehua Parker Author Event
Come join us at Basically Books with Lehua Parker as she talks about her book Niuhi Shark Saga:
Set in modern Hawaii, the Niuhi Shark Saga is a young adult magic realism trilogy appropriate for grades 5 and up. It tells the story of Alexander Kaonakai Westin–Zader to his friends–and his ‘ohana. Author Lehua Parker is originally from Hawaii and a graduate of Kamehameha Schools.
- Children's Books by Gill McBarnet
Children's Books by Gill McBarnet
We are so excited to have Maui author and illustrator Gill McBarnet here that we are staying open late on Friday! She will be reading from her children’s books, many of which highlight sea creatures. The Whale Who Wanted to be Small, The Whale’s Tale and The Wonderful Journey are a timely celebration of whale season. Her latest book, The Magical Journey from Hawaii takes readers around the world. Free coloring sheets will be available for the keiki.
Gill (“Jill”) McBarnet was born and raised in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa. She and her Hawaii-raised husband Terry moved to Maui in 1983 where she wrote her first children’s book about whales. With a background in both teaching and publishing in Zimbabwe, Gill has applied these skills to writing, illustrating and publishing the 14 books she has written to date. The McBarnet family’s book business has existed for more than 3 decades.Gill draws inspiration for her stories from the people, animals and lifestyle that surrounds her, particularly her children (Eddie, Will and Tara) who have been giving her ideas since they were “tiny tots”. Watching Mom illustrate her stories, Gill’s children were inspired to do their own “picture stories”. Whenever she can, Gill enjoys visiting Hawaii’s schools and libraries. In addition to reading her stories, she sometimes talks about the publishing process – a simplified version of what it takes to produce a book. In turn, it’s a pleasure to see the illustrations and stories that children produce.