MAY 2019

This month we have TWO authors dropping by Pasifika First Fridays to showcase their novels.

FIRST GUEST stopping by on Friday will be the incredible Michelle Tago. Michelle is an afakasi (half-caste) born and raised in American Samoa in the village of Nu'uuli to a Samoan dad and a Palagi (Caucasian) mom. As the middle child of five siblings, she loved to lose herself in books. While eating lots of chocolate. She passed on her love for reading and story telling (and chocolate!) to her four daughters. She plans to continue writing for children, middle schoolers, and young adults so that Pasifika children around the world can see themselves in stories written for and about them by someone who is "them." Michelle currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, four daughters, and two dogs, dreaming of returning to the ocean to feel the sand between her toes. Her newest book, Persons of Shadows will be available for purchase on site.

SECOND GUEST of the night will be the amazing writer and blogger, Kalani Tonga. Kalani's latest project and forthcoming book, Brave Pasifika Women - a book series featuring stories of brave, innovative, inspiring and contemporary Pacific women.The project, set to launch this summer, is designed with the specific goal of getting these stories into the hands of the populations that most need support: incarcerated and economically disadvantaged youth. Her project plan includes donating books to every juvenile detention center in the Salt Lake City area, as well as to all of the libraries and schools in the Salt Lake City area that are near large populations of Pacific Islanders.

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Michelle Tago

Michelle Tago

Michelle is an afakasi (half-caste) born and raised in American Samoa in the village of Nu'uuli to a Samoan dad and a Palagi (Caucasian) mom. As the middle child of five siblings, she loved to lose herself in books. While eating lots of chocolate. She passed on her love for reading and story telling (and chocolate!) to her four daughters. She plans to continue writing for children, middle schoolers, and young adults so that Pasifika children around the world can see themselves in stories written for and about them by someone who is "them." Michelle currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, four daughters, and two dogs, dreaming of returning to the ocean to feel the sand between her toes.

As Keaka's visions bring back painful memories of their crazy mother and broken-hearted father, she risks losing herself to the chaos within. When their grandmother is put into a coma brought on by an ancient Hawai'ian curse, Keaka and her brother, Alika, must go on a perilous journey seeking help from the gods to save what is left of their family. With strength from Alika and an unlikely stranger, the trio must find a way to destroy a sacred artifact that will bring Mama back from her never-ending sleep or face being alone forever.

Kalani Tonga

Kalani Tonga is a mother, author, and blogger. Kalani's latest project and forthcoming book, Brave Pasifika Women - a book series featuring stories of brave, innovative, inspiring and contemporary Pacific women is set to launch this summer. The project is designed with the specific goal of getting these stories into the hands of the populations that most need support: incarcerated and economically disadvantaged youth. Her project plan includes donating books to every juvenile detention center in the Salt Lake City area, as well as to all of the libraries and schools in the Salt Lake City area that are near large populations of Pacific Islanders.