Kawai Strong Washburn

The Student Multicultural Center in partnership with the Forest Grove Library presents, "An Evening with Kawai Strong Washburn," as part of AAPI Heritage Month. The author will read from Sharks in the Time of Saviors and answer questions from viewers. His groundbreaking debut novel folds the legends of Hawaiian gods into an engrossing family saga; a story of exile and the pursuit of salvation.

Join this livestream with the Minneapolis-based writer, whose groundbreaking first novel, Sharks in the Time of Saviors, was named one of the best books of the year for 2020 by the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Powell's Books and Barnes and Noble. The novel was also included on President Obama's list of favorite books of 2020.

 In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific Ocean. When a shiver of sharks appears in the water, everyone fears for the worst. But instead, Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark, marking his story as the stuff of legends.

Join the presentation on the Forest Grove Library's Facebook page or YouTube starting at 6:30 p.m. This program is free and open to all.

Contact Us

Jean Garcia-Chitwood | Director, Student Multicultural Center
503-352-2715 | Jean.garcia@pacificu.edu