Special Author Event Villages of Kapolei Recreation Center Conference Room February 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Author Alain Gunn will be at the Kapolei Book Club to speak about his novel, If Pigs Could Cry. The story, which takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii, merges medical horror, science fiction, and current events to bring up disturbing questions regarding medical experimentation on animals, the meat industry, and what makes us human. Meet the author and join the discussion! Books will be available for purchase.
Alain Gunn’s writing benefits from a diversity of experience. He is a surgeon, an educator, a military officer, a hospital administrator, a scientist, and a world traveler. His publications include newspaper articles, textbook chapters, scientific research, short stories, and novels. He has published four novels to date: A Tale of Two Planets, Red Exodus, If Pigs Could Cry, and The Honey Bee. He also contributed a short story to Mystery in Paradise: 13 Tales of Suspense. His service in the US Army spans more than twenty years, including the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. Following his military career, he was Chief surgeon and chief of the medical staff at Shriner's Hospital where he treated patients throughout the Pacific basin. A Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in Hawaii and Texas, he has lectured or worked in over thirty-five countries, on every inhabited continent. He serves on the editorial board of one orthopaedic journal, reviews submissions to two others, and is author or co-author of more than forty scientific articles published in orthopaedic or genetic journals. Born and raised in Lakewood, Ohio, he currently lives in Honolulu. He is married and has three children. Hobbies include scuba diving, underwater photography, ocean kayaking, playing banjo in a jazz band, and singing in a choir.
After Brad Crenshaw’s daughter, Lani, dies while awaiting a heart transplant, he closes his practice as a pediatric cardiologist. Dr. Crenshaw turns to the laboratory, in an attempt to honor Lani’s memory by creating an unlimited source of transplantable hearts, thus ensuring that other parents and patients do not have to face the same agony his family has endured. His plan is to substitute human DNA in the genomes of cloned swine to make their hearts more compatible with human hosts. After thirteen such substitutions, he is near to complete success. But the cloned swine resulting from the fourteenth substitution demonstrate unexpected changes that threaten his research, his family, his Hawaiian community, and ultimately, the future of humanity.