Remember those good 'ole days over at Cafe 2600 when we'd all get together either with a "live" or "Skyped-in" author for new book releases?  Well, they're back with infinitely more class and opportunity. Savant Books and Publications has negotiated, starting 1 September 2011, an every Sunday Author/Book Release Party at Clubhouse Makino from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Clubhouse Makino (formerly Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu just across the Ala Wai Canal from Waikiki and easily accessible by tourists) is located at the corners of Kapiolani Boulevard and Kalakaua Street. It's an idea location for our parties as we can easily accommodate up to 40 visitors at any moment in time, as well as sign/dedicate book, and display/sell our titles. Our first "test" event was 7 August with Dr. Zachary M. Oliver's FALLING BUT FULFILLED: REFLECTIONS ON MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES (Savant 2010), where we had a combined author/book party and book award ceremony (his book won the 2010 Neurobiological Learning Society's Choice Award).

Approximately 20 people attended. Zach sold $60 in books, signed/dedicated several more, and Savant sold a copy of G. Amati's AMMON'S HORN. Not bad for the first test, and certainly enough to encourage us to make the event a regular one for Oahu residents and visitors.

Our second "test" event will spotlight Daniel S. Janik's A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) on 21 August and will again be a combined author/book party and book award ceremony (the book was awarded a 2011 Hollywood Book Festival Award). We're busy working on publicity for the "regular" events beginning in September.

Our first "regular" event will be an author/book party for WAVELENGTHS - 2011 SAVANT ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY which was just release last week. We hope to Skype in various poets to talk with attendees. I'm currently accepting requests from Savant authors for author/book parties with or without awards ceremonies for September and October.

Having an author/book party presence in Honolulu is the first step in a major project to have author/book parties in five major cities throughout the USA. Then Canada. Then Europe. Finally Asia. One step at a time.

Daniel S. Janik
Savant Books and Publications