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. Books in this series have been translated into Japanese, Korean and French. 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, was 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 United States, she also has released a number of nonfiction works. A number of her short stories have been included in various anthologies.
Mas Arai-Mania: An Interview with Naomi Hirahara
Steph Cha speaks with author Naomi Hirahara about her Mas Arai series, the tension between Korea and Japan, and how crime fiction can help explore identity....