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Naomi Hirahara, born and raised in Southern California, is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series, which features a Japanese American gardener and atomic-bomb survivor who solves crimes (SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI, GASA-GASA GIRL, SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN, BLOOD HINA and STRAWBERRY YELLOW).

MURDER ON BAMBOO LANE, her new mystery series with a female twentysomething LAPD bicycle cop, was released with Berkley Prime Crime in spring 2014. Her next in the series, A GRAVE ON GRAND AVENUE, will be released in April 2015.

She also has penned a middle-grade novel, 1001 CRANES, which was chosen as an Honor Book for the Youth Literature of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in 2009.

A former editor of the largest Japanese American newspaper in the U.S., she also has released a number of nonfiction works. A number of her short stories have been included in various anthologies.

Genres: Historical Mystery, Mystery, Cozy Mystery, General Fiction
   1001 Cranes (2008)
   Shaken (2011) (with others)
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
   Distinguished Asian American Business Leaders (2002)
   Life after Manzanar (2018) (with Art Hansen and Heather C Lindquist)
   We Are Here (2022)
   Terminal Island (2024) (with Geraldine Knatz)
   A Child's Introduction to Asian American and Pacific Islander History (2024)
Series contributed to
Black Cat Weekly
   96. Black Cat Weekly #96 (2023) (with others)
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2007) : Snakeskin Shamisen
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2019) : Hiroshima Boy
Edgar Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2019) : Hiroshima Boy

Naomi Hirahara recommends
Redemption (2023)
(Eva 'Lightning Dance' Duran, book 1)
Deborah J Ledford
"Deborah J. Ledford has artfully woven the voices of multiple characters connected to the Taos Pueblo to create a pattern of stories that illuminate the challenges as well as the enduring power of Native American women. The rhythm of daily life is evident in Ledford's lovely, intimate prose. I eagerly await the new adventures of Eva Duran, who will, no doubt, unearth more mysteries in the buried layers of New Mexico."
Killing Me (2023)
Michelle Gagnon
"You'll be biting your nails until the very last page! Killing Eve meets Dead to Me - this thriller is a perfect combination of horror, laughter, and sisterhood. Michelle Gagnon has served us a tour de force and I want more."
Time's Undoing (2023)
Cheryl A Head
"In Time's Undoing, Cheryl Head establishes herself as a literary star. The clarity of her storytelling unravels the hard truths of racism against Black people in this nation, and how the fight against such injustices is a constant, intentional choice. A must-read novel that is sure to be embraced by a wide audience."
The Adventure of the Castle Thief (2023)
Art Taylor
"Art Taylor is our present-day Edgar Allan Poe. His carefully crafted tales dig into the darkness of human desires and loneliness. This short story collection is beautifully arranged, first lulling us into delight and then surging into a madness only seen behind closed bedroom doors. A definite must-read!"
City Under One Roof (2023)
Iris Yamashita
"Electric and fast-paced, this debut thriller is a testament to Yamashita's skills as a storyteller. There's no escape from the isolated Alaska setting for either the murder investigator or the reader. I fell down the rabbit hole and couldn't come out until I read the final page."
Mother Daughter Traitor Spy (2022)
Susan Elia MacNeal
"Lovers of Los Angeles history will be captivated by this little-known story of local spies infiltrating Southern California-based Nazi cliques around World War II. . . . A fascinating spy novel."

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