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Series: Books & Conversations

All programs are free for JANM members and included with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.


Saturday, September 7, 2019
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Iced in Paradise—Naomi Hirahara’s New Hawai‘i Mystery


Iced in Paradise is the newest book from Edgar Award-winning author Naomi Hirahara. In this mystery, follow Leilani Santiago and her family on the island of Kaua‘i as they manage a shave ice shack. When Leilani goes to work one morning, she stumbles upon a dead body, a young pro surfer who was being coached by Leilani’s estranged father. As her father soon becomes the prime murder suspect, Leilani must find the real killer and somehow safeguard her ill mother, little sisters, and grandmother while also preserving a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend in Seattle.

Join Naomi Hirahara for a discussion about her love of shave ice and why she made the Garden Isle the location of her new novel. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo, Hirahara has published several nonfiction books on the Japanese American experience in addition to her mystery novels and books for younger readers.

Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Iced in Paradise will be available for purchase at the JANM Store.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, November 2, 2019
2:00 PM—3:00 PM

Author Discussion—The Storm on Our Shores by Mark Obmascik


Deeply researched and movingly told, Mark Obmascik’s The Storm on Our Shores is an intimate tale of tragedy and redemption. The true story follows two World War II soldiers—a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant—set during a brutal Alaskan battle in which the sergeant discovers the medic’s revelatory and fascinating diary that ultimately changed some Americans’ perception of Japan.

The Storm on Our Shores is a national bestseller; the story it tells was featured on the television program 60 Minutes earlier this year. Additionally, artifacts related to this story are currently on display at JANM. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Obmascik for a discussion about this book followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

The Storm on Our Shores will be available for purchase at the JANM Store.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

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