‘We Go Jam’ At WCC Li­brary

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander -

A unique gath­er­ing of au­thors and mu­si­cians is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs­day at Wind­ward Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s Li­brary Learn­ing Com­mons, of­fer­ing a full menu of lo­cal cul­ture and sound.

As part of the col­lege’s Out Loud at the Li­brary se­ries, the event marks the re­cent re­lease of the book We Go Jam: Cel­e­brat­ing Our Mu­sic, Our Sound­scape, Our Hawaii with guest read­ers, book sales and sign­ings and mu­sic by WCC’s own TRiO stu­dents.

Hawaii Coun­cil for the Hu­man­i­ties, pub­lisher of the 118- page soft­cover an­thol­ogy, will give away 10 of the books to the best en­trants in an in­for­mal “Write to Win” con­test. (Stu­dents and the pub­lic are invit­ing to write 100 words or less about what a song, or mu­sic, means to them and bring it to the Jam.)

We Go Jam is a col­lec­tion of 36 is­land writ­ers shar­ing their po­ems, short sto­ries, oral his­to­ries, lyrics and es­says. Con­trib­u­tors ex­pected to at­tend are Puakea No­gelmeier, Thelma Chang, Calvin Hoe of Hakipuu, Aiko Ya­mashiro and Jerry San­tos, both with Wind­ward roots, and ed­i­tor Su­san Yim. We Go Jam is avail­able for $14.95 at Na­tive Books/ Na Mea Hawaii in Ward Ware­house, or for $10 at Thurs­day’s pro­gram.

“Noth­ing brings us to­gether quite so whole­heart­edly as does mu­sic,” stated HCH ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Bob Buss, “con­nect­ing us to a place and telling sto­ries about our­selves and the world around us.

“We Go Jam is a pure hu­man­i­ties project, and we are happy to join WCC in cel­e­brat­ing the mu­sic of Ka­neohe and Wind­ward Oahu.”

The mu­sic be­gins at 6 p.m. in the li­brary breeze­way, and the read­ings, mu­sic and talk story por­tion will run from 6:30 to 8 in its first-floor atrium. WCC’s award-win­ning poet and English teacher Janine Oshiro co­or­di­nates the Out Loud pro­grams.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 235-7374.

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