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Surfing memoir selected by museum book club

William Finnegan’s Pulitzer-prizewinning memoir, “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life,” will be the subject of a book talk and gallery walk from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 25 and Jan. 28 by the Honolulu Museum of Art’s book club.

After discussing the book, which recounts the author’s youthful adventures in Hawaii and his lifelong, global pursuit of waves, participants will take a docent tour of artworks relevant to “Barbarian Days.”

The book club meets in the lecture room beneath the Palm Court at the museum, 900 S. Beretania St. It’s free with museum admission ($10 for nonmembers). Visiti honolulumuseum.org or call 532-8700.

February’s selection is “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi.

HAWAII AUTHOR SHARES IRAN EXPERIENCES

Tom Klobe, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a remote area of Iran in the mid-1960s, will give a talk titled “Becoming Tom of Iran: Life in an Iranian Village” at 2 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Diamond Head Room of Kahala Nui, 4389 Malia St.; 218-7001.

Going to Iran from Hawaii was the first of many culture shocks for the fresh college graduate. Klobe will speak about his experiences and reflect upon an idealistic era.

A museum exhibit designer and professor emeritus of art at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Klobe will have copies of his book, “A Young American in Iran” (Peace Corps Writers, $19.95), available for sale and signing.

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