2008 National Conference » Speakers

Naomi Hirahara


Naomi Hirahara, born and raised in Southern California, is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series (Summer of the Big Bachi, Gasa-Gasa Girl, and Snakeskin Shamisen), which features a Japanese American gardener and atomic-bomb survivor. A previous editor of The Rafu Shimpo newspaper, she also has produced seven nonfiction books on local horticulture and Asian American history. Her short stories are in three anthologies: Los Angeles Noir, A Hell of a Woman, and The Darker Mask. Delacorte will release her middle-grade book, 1001 Cranes, in August 2008. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum and the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Her website is www.naomihirahara.com.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Past Present: How Children’s Book Writers Make History Relevant for Young Readers
Naomi Hirahara, Writer
Cynthia Kadohata
Uma Krishnaswami, Author
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Mineral Hall F & G, 3rd Floor
Topic: Youth-Friendly

From Camp to Community: Japanese American Health Care
Kenneth Babamoto, Pfizer Health Solutions
Naomi Hirahara, Writer
Gwenn Jensen, Consulting Anthropologist & Oral Historian
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Capitol 7, 4th Floor
Topic: Diversity, Democracy, and Social Justice