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Waialua Library Hosts March Authors Night

Despite the iPhone epidemic, people still write books that get printed, and Waialua Library will showcase four of them, along with their local authors, at its annual Authors Night at 6:30 p.m. March 7.

Sponsored by the Friends of Waialua Library, the free program includes door prizes, refreshments, an autograph session and talks by the authors. Featured are:

* George and Willa Tanabe and Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawaii. The Waialua couple are authorities on Japanese art and religion, and offer a thoroughly researched volume with 350 color illustrations.

* Waimea Williams and Aloha Mozart. The award-winning Honolulu author writes of a Hawaiian woman lured from her island home to the competitive world of opera in 1960 Salzburg, Austria. While there, Maile gains success as a singer but must battle cultural differences and the complex nature of politics, love and ambition.

* Courtnie Chang and Kolohe Iole, a children’s book about a mischievous rat who scares a family, taunts the cat and ruins furniture. However, Kolohe learns a valuable lesson when the family tries to capture him in a sticky trap. The Kaneohe writer relates valuable lessons with engaging illustrations by Ron Borresen.

* Gabe Baltazar Jr. and If It Swings, It’s Music. The legendary musician from Waialua has penned his autobiography, sharing the highs and lows of his music career that began in the late 1940s and sees the saxophonist become one of the few Asian Americans to play with, and become, an acclaimed jazz artist.

For more information, or to request ADA accommodations, call 637-8286.

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