"Words and Wine" is a monthly event held on the First Tuesday of each month at the Kona Stories Bookstore located in the Keauhou Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona (the west side of our island) where the public can come to meet and support local writers while having fun.
There are 3 or 4 authors present at each event. Each author gives a 15-20 minute presentation or reading about their work and last evening I was one of 4 authors presenting at this popular and well attended event.
Photo above: My fellow presenters, Richard G. Diedricks and his wife on left - Bill Helbing and Cathy Hammond on right. Sitting next to Bill is Renée Robinson, who wears two hats...one as publisher of Bill's book as well as being my editor with Ke Ola Magazine.
Joy & Brenda, owners of the store, host a lovely table of appetizers and wine during the event. Chairs are arranged facing the back of the store and each author is given a small table towards the front where they can place their books and sign them for any attendee interested....After all the authors finish their presentation, everyone has a chance to mingle, talk, and get books signed.
A view of the attendees. When everyone settles, we counted about 54 people. It was a very receptive and fun crowd!
Photo above: Kona Stories co-owner Joy introducing the authors
Photo above: Signing copies of my "From Soup to Nuts" Cookbook
There was a lovely young lady attending who sat next to my table and had me sign a book for her and wrote me a little note saying "Your freezing tips are worth the price of the book alone!"...later I found out this lovely young lady, who barely looks like she is out of her teens, was Tiffany Chow, a University of Toronto and Baycrest neurologist, neuroscientist, educator and author of the book "The Memory Clinic."
Mahalo for the opportunity to present my book to your readers, Brenda & Joy! We had a wonderful evening!