Saturday, April 21, 2012

Shadowing the Librarian for Sisters in Crime Hawaii


Crime Fiction Author, Honolulu Resident, Gail M Baugniet,
 Is a Library Staffer for a Day
Takes Part in Sisters in Crime’s
“Booksellers and Librarians Solve Mysteries Every Day” Event

Gail eagerly awaiting ten o'clock!
                 
Honolulu—Gail Baugniet, author and member of Sisters in Crime/Hawaii and Sisters in Crime, Inc.—an international organization founded to support the professional development of women writing crime fiction—will work as a volunteer staffer at The Makiki Community Library in Honolulu on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. as part of a “Booksellers and Librarians Solve Mysteries Every Day” celebration.
Makiki Community Library Librarians
The event, produced by Sisters in Crime, is designed to thank librarians and booksellers for 25 years of support of the mystery genre. Sisters in Crime was established with an organizational meeting held in New York City in the spring of 1987.

 “I am very excited about spending time at The Makiki Community Library,” Baugniet said. “In helping readers find their way to the right book at the right time, librarians solve mysteries every day.”

On April 21, a select group of Sisters in Crime member authors will be volunteering in bookstores and libraries in their hometowns—from Albany, New York, to Honolulu, Hawaii, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., local time. In addition, SinC’s more than 3,000 members worldwide are gearing up to go into libraries and bookstores on that day to personally thank the booksellers and librarians they find working behind the counters and in the stacks. 

Gail Baugniet is working on the second novel in her Pepper Bibeau mystery series. Her first novel, FOR EVERY ACTION There Are Consequences, is available in print format at The Makiki Community Library, and is also available at Amazon.com in print and e-book format. 

While at The Makiki Community Library on April 21, Baugniet will be shadowing Librarian Wendy Maxwell as she assists library patrons and performs the daily tasks required to keep the library running smoothly.
Wendy demonstrating to Gail
the Internet card catalog system
The Makiki Community Library is located at 1527 Keeaumoku Street in Honolulu. The library is open on Wednesday from 2 to 6 pm and Saturday/Sunday from Noon to 4 pm. The Makiki Community Library phone number is 808-522-7076.

Sisters in Crime is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary year. The organization is made up of more than 3,000 members and 48 chapters worldwide—authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians and others who love mysteries. Sisters in Crime is online at www.sistersincrime.org.


Friday, April 6, 2012

GANGSTERS and GOODFELLAS #MysteryInCrime


 
They proudly answered to the name of mobster, hoodlum, or wiseguy. Notorious gangsters such as Al Capone and Frank Lucas dealt in illegal commodities, convinced they hurt no one.

These men and their henchmen grew rich selling Prohibition liquor from Canada or heroin during the Vietnam War. They took over cities, Chicago or Manhattan, by bribing police, aldermen, even judges.

Often, outlaws were immortalized and ‘goodfellas’ were glamorized. Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker held up gas stations and banks, killing twelve people in the process. A former Texas Ranger, Frank Hamer, had to follow them across nine states before ending their reign in a Louisiana ambush. In such cases, the good guys got justice, while the goodfellas just got dead.

Frank Lucas served time for distributing narcotics, and his stash of two hundred and fifty million dollars was confiscated. Later, he helped convict three-quarters of Manhattan’s Drug Enforcement Agency.

But when a gangster from Harlem, Henry Hill, was arrested for cocaine trafficking, he ratted out the Mafia before entering the Federal Witness Protection Program where, rumor has it, he is living a life of luxury.

Is this proof that crime does not pay, but living on the government’s dime does?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Chan - Chang in Honolulu

Charlie Chan is a fictional character based on an actual Honolulu Police Department detective. Chang Apana, known by this localized version of his Chinese name Chang Ah Ping, was born on the Island of O’ahu in 1871. He spoke fluent Hawaiian but never learned to read. As a paniolo, Hawaiian cowboy, he regularly carried a bullwhip. Later he joined the police force as its only Chinese member.


Detective Chang patrolled areas of Chinatown, working on opium-smuggling and gambling cases. He also helped find people with leprosy who were then transported to the colony on Molokai. One story has the detective rounding up forty gamblers and marching them to the police station, with only his bullwhip for backup.


The author of the Charlie Chan detective novels, Earl Derr Biggers, changed the racial stereotype of Chinese characters to less resemble villains like Fu Manchu. His first novel, The House Without A Key, is set in Honolulu. The restaurant of the same name, in the Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki Beach, faces the Pacific Ocean with a beautiful view of the volcanic landmark, Diamond Head.



Don’t you find it interesting that Mr. Biggers based his rotund, mild-mannered sleuth on the bullwhip-wielding, sinewy HPD detective?