Author Publishes Scientology Novel

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The Symphony of Leif by Hawaii author Paul Y. Csige makes its debut at bookstores throughout the U.S.

The Symphony of Leif (CsiMec, Inc. 2010) by Hawaii author Paul Y. Csige made its debut in U.S. bookstores this month. Distributed by Ingram Books and also available for Kindle, the novel is a coming of age story about a boy from the Big Island of Hawaii who is sent away to a Scientology boarding school in the Pacific Northwest. Desperate to escape his current school and his domineering father, Leif says “Aloha” to his island home. At first blush the Lamia School seems to be a dream come true, but soon Leif discovers darker and more sinister intentions than educating young minds.

Paul Csige was dubbed, “a scarily talented young fellow from Kailua-Kona who seems able to do just about anything,” in a review of The Symphony of Leif by Burl Burlingame in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. In addition to his recently released first novel, Csige, age 28, has had a successful career as a composer and film maker. In 2009 he collaborated with renown Polynesian artist and historian, Herb Kawainui Kane, to produce an hour long animated film, Voyagers: The First Hawaiians (Guiding Star Pictures, LLC 2009) an adaptation of Kane’s 1976 book Voyage: The Discovery of Hawaii (Island Heritage). Csige directed, edited and animated over 300 of Kane’s works of art for the film in addition to composing and recording the original musical score. Voyagers: The First Hawaiians aired on PBS in 2010 and is currently available in DVD.

Paul Csige was commissioned by The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra to compose an original opus for the symphony’s January 2008 performance in Hawaii. Again collaborating with Herb Kane, a multi-media recording of the concert earned the Aloha Accolade Award for Excellence from the Honolulu International Film Festival.

Paul Csige is currently working on a second novel, a concerto, and a live action feature movie scheduled for filming in Hawaii in the summer of 2011.

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