Local Author's "Samoa" to Debut at Oceanside Library
June 12, 2012
In recognition of the City's annual Samoan Cultural Celebration, the Oceanside Public Library invites readers to meet Samoa author Robert Shaffer at the Civic Center Library Community Rooms, 330 N. Coast Highway, on Saturday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m. Samoa, an epic saga that tells the story of the islands and their people, is the result of meticulously detailed interviews with Samoans, extensive research in Pacific-region libraries, and Shaffer’s experience living, sailing, paddling, and walking in the footsteps of the novel’s characters. Books will be available for signing and purchase. This free event and all Library programming is supported by the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library. For more information on Library programs and events, please visit www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 435-5600.
Shaffer has been closely associated with Samoa and its people for 50 years. He has lived in Samoa for 22 of those years, first starting in 1964. In 1969 he began three years serving as a Peace Corps volunteer on the island of Savai’i, where he began researching the historical and cultural material for the novel Samoa. Shaffer is fluent in the Samoan language, including the dialect of chiefs, one of a very few non-Samoans to have mastered that artful language. He currently resides in Oceanside, California.
( News Release )