September 26, 2006
Author of Neo-Noir Portland-based Mysteries to Visit Driftwood
Driftwood Public Library welcomes author Lono Waiwaiole as the second speaker in its fourth annual Dark and Stormy Night Mystery Series. Mr. Waiwaiole will be visiting the library on Thursday, October 12th at 4:00 p.m. to talk about his work as a mystery writer. The event will be free and all are invited to attend.
Lono Waiwaiole was born in San Francisco and spent his childhood moving up and down the West Coast, a rollercoaster ride that took him to 15 different schools by the time he graduated from high school in Portland, Oregon.
Lono is half Hawaiian, a quarter Italian and a quarter something his family refers to as Pennsylvania Dutch. This tangled web has a significant impact on the way he looks at people – in his life and in his writing.
Lono teaches social studies and English in Portland, Oregon. He has also worked as editor of a weekly newspaper, associate editor of a regional magazine, director of publications and sports information at a small liberal arts college, and as a professional poker player--a career which might have lasted longer had he been a little better at it.
Lono's debut novel, Wiley's Lament, was named a finalist for the 2003 Oregon Book Awards for fiction and an Anthony award for best first novel of 2003.
The Dark and Stormy Night mystery series is open to the public and free. It is sponsored by The Driftwood Public Library Foundation, Chinook Winds Casino and Resort, Blackfish Café and Mossy Creek Pottery. Special thanks is also extended to Marcy Taylor whose help in organizing the Mystery series is invaluable.