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Naomi Hirahara


Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award–winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series, which feature a crime-solving Japanese American gardener and atomic-bomb survivor. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo daily newspaper, Ms. Hirahara has produced several nonfiction books on the Japanese American experience and California horticultural history. Her middle-grade novel, 1001 Cranes, was chosen as an Honor Book for Youth Literature by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. She is currently at work on another middle-grade novel about the history of Terminal Island for the Port of Los Angeles, as well as a new mystery series for Penguin Berkley featuring a 22-year-old female hapa LAPD bicycle cop.

Speaker Events

Friday, July 5

Poetic License? Nikkei Writers and the Representation of History [AUDIO]
Naomi Hirahara, Author
Joy Kogawa, Writer
Juliet S. Kono, Associate Professor, Leeward Community College
Stephen H. Sumida, Ph.D., Professor of American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington

Time: 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Redwood A & B
Topic: Speaking Up