In celebration of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
Sponsored by Kings County Library & Kings Art Center
Hirahara was born in Pasadena by parents who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in WWII. She received a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations at Stanford University. As a reporter and editor of a Japanese-American newspaper, Hirahara wrote about the issues of reparations to Japanese-Americans who were removed from their homes and sent to camps during WWII. In 1966, Hirahara took creative writing in Wichita, Kansas, on a fellowship. She authored two biographies for the Japanese American Museum: An American Son: The Story of George Aratani, Founder of Mikasa and Kenwood; and A Taste For Stawberries: The Independent Journey of Nisei Farmer Manabi Hirasaki. Hirahara turned to writing mysteries featuring curmudgeonly Japanese-American gardener Mas Arai. The books include Summer of the Big Bachi, Gasa-Gasa Girl, and Snakeskin Shamisen, which won the Edgar Allen Poe Award. She is also the author of a middle-grade book, 1001 Cranes...
Kings Art Center
605 North Douty Street
Saturday, May 23, 2009
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Information: 582-0261 x104