6/12 — Little Tokyo Library Author Luncheon

June 12 — The Friends of Little Tokyo Branch Library and the Little Tokyo Branch Library will sponsor their 24th Author Recognition Lunch honoring Naomi Hirahara on June 12, 2010.

Hirahara’s fourth Mas Arai mystery, “Blood Hina,” was released in hardcover by St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne Books on March 2.  Other books in the series, which feature a

Naomi Hirahara

Japanese American gardener and atomic bomb survivor who solves crimes, includes “Summer of the Big Bachi,” “Gasa-Gasa Girl,” and the Edgar Award-winning “Snakeskin Shamisen.”  Her crime short stores are featured in “Los Angeles Noir, Los Angeles Noir 2:  The Classics,” “A Hell of a Woman,” and “The Darker Mask.”  Her book for younger readers, “1001 Cranes,” was chosen as an Honor Book for the Youth Literature of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in 2009.  She also contributed a mystery serial, “Heist in Crown City” to Asahi Weekly, an English-language weekly in Japan.

A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in international relations and a former editor of The Rafu Shimpo, she is the president of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America.  Her Web site is www.naomihirahara.com.

Event date:  June 12, 2010
Location:  Little Tokyo Branch Library, 203 So. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, 90012
Bento Lunch ($15):  11:30 a.m.
Program Begins:  12:30 p.m.
Please contact Kiku Matsumura at (310) 397-8118 for more information.