Amy’s BBQ on the banks of the Truckee River is an annual event for Squaw Valley staff at her summer home. This year I discovered that she’s a big fan of Brudda Iz (Kamakawiwo’ole) whose ‘ukulele version of “Over the Rainbow” has become a world-wide classic. Amy is learning to play ‘ukulele herself, and we sat outside to review chord changes, not such a problem for Amy because she once took years of piano lessons. It was a real pleasure to give her a copy of my novel, which she remembered well from when we were starting out together in a San Francisco writers’ workshop. I extended an invitation from the Hawaii Book and Music Festival for Amy to attend as next year’s featured author, and hope she will come to enjoy that lovely event.