Book Pavilion: ReadAbility at Pac Rim


Book Pavilion
Monday, October 9, 2017 to Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Start Time: 

8:00 AM

End Time: 

9:00 PM
The Modern Honolulu

The first-ever literary showcase at Pac Rim brings together writers and readers to celebrate storytelling, literacy and the creative spirit. Book Pavilion is a curated engagement of illuminating conversations at the intersections of disability, diversity and wordcraft.

In an intimate salon-style setting, book lovers will explore recent writing from award-winning, bestselling and emerging literary voices in fiction and nonfiction alike. Our lineup features author presentations, panel discussions, dramatic readings, poetry jams, cooking demos, memoir writing workshops and more.

Books inspire and empower people of all abilities to share their stories and to use storytelling to spark enlightened change. Stay tuned for updates about Book Pavilion 2017. Spread the word!

Call for Proposals - Book Pavilion

The first-ever literary showcase at Pac Rim will be held October 9-11 in The Modern Honolulu’s Study Lounge and other inviting spaces. Book Pavilion brings together writers and readers to explore disability and diversity themes across various forms of the written word. Speaker applications are now open. If you are a writer, have a book or story and can illuminate our global community of disability and diversity stakeholders, we want to hear from you. We’re especially eager to solicit proposals from scribes interested in sharing practical skills.

How To Workshops

Book Pavilion is a parley to explore storytelling ideas, but it's also a classroom to exchange pragmatic instruction. Through supportive "How To" workshops, conference-goers will learn the essentials of the expressive arts and enhance their chances of publication. Topics range from drafting and submitting a professional article to creating dimensional fictional characters to penning a resonant memoir. Other sessions include a hands-on panel about comic books, a poetry writing masterclass and a literacy seminar. Led by bestselling authors and creatives as well as experts whose scholarly work appear in leading journals, sessions will address writing anxieties and habits and how to avoid common mistakes that scholarly writers make when submitting articles to journals. 

A snapshot of of one the Book Pavilion’s many panels!

Comic Book Cover: Mana Double Feature

Panel Discussion #1: Let’s Get Graphic

The pantheon of superheroes abounds in outsiders with different abilities. Whether literally or symbolically, themes of diversity and disability are intrinsic to comic book culture. How are characters of varied backgrounds and capacities represented in this popular genre? What goes into making their stories come to life? How can graphic arts and comics enhance your personal or professional communications? Join top talents of the Hawaiian Comic Book Alliance on a creative adventure and crack the secrets of sequential art.


Photo: Christopher Caravalho

Christopher Caravalho, Founder, Mana Comics; creator, 'Aumākua Guardians of Hawaii.’ Christopher Caravalho is an , independent self published comic book creator and Founder of MANA COMICS. He grew up on Oahu and is a full time Police Officer for the Honolulu Police Department. In his free time he writes and draws comics. Mana Comics features Heroes from Hawaii and celebrates cultural and ethnic diversity which is a reflection of Local Life in Hawaii.

Photo: Stacey Hayashi

Stacey Hayashi, author/illustrator, Journey of Heroes. Stacey Hayashi is a Hawaii-based serial entrepreneur and founder of the successful PainaGirl family of websites, which includes Hawaiian Wedding Shop. A former software engineer before starting her own companies, Stacey is one of the earliest pioneers in the development of internet-based businesses focused on the manufacturing and distribution of Hawaiian products, and brings a formidable set of planning and operational skills to both her technology-based businesses as well as the multitude of social and advocacy enterprises that she devotes her time to. Her historically accurate manga Journey of Heroes, which she wrote and published in 2012, is internationally-acclaimed, garnering media attention in the US, Japan, Italy and France. In addition to her manga, she has executive produced two films (short narrative and documentary) about Herb Yanamura, Military Intelligence Service linguist, and the Battle of Okinawa, which screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2015. She is currently screenwriter and executive producer for the unnamed 100th/442/MIS origins film project for the 442nd RCT Foundation.

Stacey is an expert on the 100th, 442nd, and MIS veterans, and has been a featured speaker at numerous events, book signings, and venues, among them: the 100th Infantry Battalion anniversary banquet, the Joint Memorial Service (100th/442nd/MIS) at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center (Maui), Seattle Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall for the Nisei Veterans Foundation, the Japanese American National Museum, Building 640 at the Presidio (MIS Museum part of the National Park Service), the Hawaii Army Museum, Bruyeres City Hall (France), Nagasaki University (Japan), the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, and Living History Day featured author at the Pacific Aviation Museum as well as many book signings at the Pacific Historic Sites Pearl Harbor Visitors Center.

Photo: Napua Ahina

Napua Ahina was born in Honolulu and spent a lot of time in the hospital when she was a kid. Even though she was too young to read, she used to buy Archie comics from the gift shop just to look at the art. Years later she finally read her first comic book, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TPB, from the public library. She became obsessed with comics (mostly Marvel Comics) and transformed into a full-fledged comic book geek... and even ended up having a superhero themed wedding!

For 15 years she had a career in graphic design and web development. And in the last few years she started digital painting as a hobby just for fun. It was only because of the encouragement and support of Sam Campos that she was inspired to turn her hobby into a profession. She is currently coloring Pineapple Man's new graphic novel "Old School Lock Up," does collaborative work with the Hawaiian Comic Book Alliance, provides flat colors for an award-winning comic series, and was recently picked up by a small publisher on the mainland. 

Photo: Roy Chang

Moderated by Roy Chang, Editorial Cartoonist for MidWeek and author/illustrator of Aloha Pepe. Roy Chang is an art teacher, editorial cartoonist and freelance illustrator. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and earned his Masters in Education degree from the the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He is also a two time Pa'i award winning Editorial Cartoonist for MidWeek, Hawai'i s largest read non-daily newspaper.

Masterclass: Writing Diverse Characters for TV with Caitlin Parrish

Photo: Caitlin Parrish

Got an idea for a TV series? To advance it, you'll need a script. Explore the ABC's of television writing with a Supergirl writer/producer whose TV credits also include Under the Dome--and whose movie The View from Tall is screening at Pac Rim. Caitlin Parrish will relay creative tales from the writers room: crafting strong female protagonists, adapting popular comic properties and using science fiction and fantasy tropes to tell stories about social justice in today's political climate. She is a recipient of the Humanitas Award for her original television pilot Painkiller, and her most recent pilot, Red Line, is being developed by Warner Brothers television with Greg Berlanti and Ava DuVernay. 

Writing for Disability Studies: A Workshop with Journal Editors

Photo: Ally day

Journal editors Jay Dolmage (Canadian Journal of Disability Studies), Kim Nielsen and Ally Day (Disablity Studies Quarterly) will lead a 90-minute workshop on writing for peer review publications in Disability Studies. Participants are encouraged to bring an abstract and outline of a current project to workshop.

The workshop will begin with introductions from the editors and an overview of how journals work with authors from initial submission, through peer review and onto publication. Following this, the editors will present, in multiple formats, key strategies for writing for peer review.

In the second half of the session, participants will move into small break-out groups to workshop their own material, guided by the editors who will circulate among groups to provide suggestions and answer questions.

Learn more about this workshop

What's Your Story? Easy Recipes for Writing Memoirs

With Jessica Fechtor

Photo: Jessica Fechtor

Jessica Fechtor is an author, blogger and PhD candidate in Jewish Literature at Harvard University, where she has received numerous awards for her research and teaching. 

Her bestselling memoir Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home won the 2015 Living Now Book Award and drew critical acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, and The Forward, among other outlets. Fechtor writes the popular food blog, Sweet Amandine, and her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Tablet. She holds a B.A. in music from Columbia University, and Masters degrees in Jewish literature from Oxford and Harvard Universities. A resident of San Francisco, she has taught writing to adults and high school students around the country, and spoken at Harvard Medical School and the University of Hong Kong about the doctor-patient relationship.

Learn more about Jessica Fechtor

 Into the Magic Shop: Breakfast with James Doty

Photo: James Doty

James R. Doty, M.D., FACS, FICS is a Clinical Professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University and founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), a part of the Stanford Institute of Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart published by Penguin Random House in 2016. This award-winning book about the extraordinary things that can happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart, has been translated in 19 languages.

Learn more about James Doty

How Artificial Intelligence Is Making Mental Health Care Smarter

With Dr. David Luxton, author of Artificial Intelligence in Behavioral and Mental Healthcare

Photo: David Luxton

Dr. David Luxton’s research and writing are focused in the areas of technology-based psychological treatments, telehealth and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) applications in mental health care. Much of his work has centered on telemental health with an emphasis on clinical best-practices. He has also conducted extensive research in the areas of military psychological health and suicide risk and prevention. Dr. Luxton is Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several federally funded clinical trials. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Washington State.

Learn more about David Luxton

Art-book Salon

With Tom di Maria, author of The Creative Growth Book: From the Outside to the Inside: Artists with Disabilities Today

With four decades under its belt, The Creative Growth Center in Oakland, California is the world's largest art center for people with disabilities. First seen as people with disabilities and next as outsider artists, its talented community now enjoys flourishing careers as acclaimed contemporary artists, designers and fashionistas. Join the Center's director in an illustrated talk tracing  the co-evolution of the disability rights movement and the expanded interest in self-taught art.

Masterclass: Documentary Scriptwriting with Todd and Jedd Wider

Crafting your story is an essential part of making a film, even a non-fiction one. Learn how at this insight-jammed workshop with Oscar-winning producers whose directorial debut God Knows Where I Am  is a New York Times Critic's Pick. The Wider brothers will also dissect specific solutions to narrative challenges and  offer  strategies for writing and planning a doc.

Todd and Jedd Wider have produced numerous critically and  commercially successful documentary features such as Alex Gibney's  Academy and Emmy- and Academy Award-winning  Taxi to the Dark Side,  Emmy Award-nominated  Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer and  Emmy Award-winning Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. Additional trophy magnets include Morgan Spurlock What Would Jesus Buy?  and Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon's  Emmy Award-nominated Semper Fi: Always Faithful, among many others.

Todd Wider was a Columbia University trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon, focusing on cancer surgery. He was active in the passage of the Women's Health and Cancer Act of 1998, federal legislation signed into law by President Bill Clinton which mandated insurance coverage for breast cancer reconstruction, and was named for his patient. He also was a volunteer surgeon for Victims Services, an organization providing surgery to victims of abuse, and was a volunteer surgeon at Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City, where he helped establish the initial triage center. His social activism continues to galvanize others and to direct Wider Film Projects towards documentary work that can effect serious change.

Color picture of Jedd Wider

Jedd Wider graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and received his law degree from Tulane University School of Law.  He is a partner at a prominent international law firm in New York, a Board Member of the not-for-profit New York Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and a long term supporter of Facing History in its fight against intolerance.  Through his dedication to social issues and volunteer legal work, Jedd has assisted abused women, victimized children, evicted tenants in poverty stricken regions, and elderly prisoners including those wrongfully convicted and victimized by racial discrimination.  Jedd's knowledge and appreciation of the law and international legal systems along with his lifelong dedication to social justice has contributed a strong investigative approach to their films and helps to influence the selection and direction of subject matter for Wider Film Projects.