May 7 — The Author/Artist Faire sponsored last year by the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California was such an overwhelming success that the board of the JAHSSC has set an encore event for Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
It will be hosted by the City of Torrance Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, the site of last year’s faire, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, at Madrona Avenue and Torrance Boulevard, south of the James Armstrong and George Nakano theaters.
“The Torrance Public Library is pleased to co-sponsor the second JAHSSC Author/Artist Faire,” stated Dana Vinke, senior librarian. “Last year’s event was very successful and it was inspiring to see so many people come together to celebrate and explore the rich history and culture of local Japanese Americans. The library welcomes the opportunity to connect people with books and authors.”
“We had a big hole last year with no children’s books, so we extended invitations to recognized authors in this genre in our community,” said Iku Kiriyama, chair of the event. Among the 21 participating authors, those new to this event include:
Janet Mitsui Brown (“Thanksgiving at Obaachan’s”), Cynthia Kadohata (“Kira-Kira”), Kaleigh and Kimberly Komatsu (“In America’s Shadow”), Chiz Judy Sugita de Queiroz (“Camp Days, 1942-1945”), Dr. Mikio Sankey (“Support the Mountain: Nutrition for Expanded Consciousness”), Sunny Seki (“The Tale of the Lucky Cat”), Stan Terasaki (“Ghosts for Breakfast”), Amy Uyematsu (“Stone Bow Prayer”), Shig Yabu (“Hello, Maggie”) with illustrator Willie Ito, and Barbara Balzadua (“Boy of Heart Mountain”).
For questions regarding this free event, contact Kiriyama at (310) 326-0608 or email [email protected].