WEST HAWAII TODAY | BIG ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT SCENE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016 | 5 EVERYTHING Nonfiction book club meets this week Kona Stories hosts a nonfiction book club discussing “Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble” by Marilyn Johnson at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Book groups are free if books are purchased at Kona Stories, or a $5 donation is requested. Johnson, the author of two acclaimed books about quirky subcultures “The Dead Beat” (about obituary writers) and “This Book Is Overdue” (about librarians), brings her irrepressible wit and curiosity to bear on yet another strange world, that of archaeologists. In the book, Johnson tracks archaeologists around the globe, digging alongside experts on an 18th century sugar plantation and in a first century temple to Apollo. Info: Brenda or Joy, 324- 0350, www.konastories. com. Big Island author pens book, plans book signing Big Island resident and author Jeffrey L. Gross recently released “Waipio Valley: A Polynesian Journey from Eden to Eden.” A book signing is planned 1-3 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel lobby in Kailua-Kona. Described as a groundbreaking book packed with information and knowledge, Gross tells the journey of the Polynesians, the “nomads of the sea,” across a third of the circumference of the Earth. The book takes readers on a journey from Kalana i Hauola, the biblical “Garden of Eden” located in Sumer, Mesopotamia, across the Pacific Ocean where the Polynesians resided on numerous tropical island paradises such as Raiatea Island, Tahiti, home of the Taputapuatea Marae, the most holy temple in Polynesia, before reaching Hawaii Island and Waipio Valley; the last Polynesian “Garden of Eden.” Gross is an architect living on the Big Island. Born in Washington, D.C., he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and first lived in the Hawaiian Islands during the late 1970s-80s, when he became interested in Polynesian history and traditional culture that led to the research for this book. The book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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