Building Literary at the Small Press Book Festival

By Brian Dunlap

20190927_172515Last Saturday, the first annual Small Press Book Festival took place at the Wende Museum of the Cold War, in Culver City. It was a day to celebrate, promote and connect with Los Ángeles’ independent publishing community. Founded by Mark Lipman, poet and publisher of local independent press Vagabond, the Festival’s “goal is to promote and foster communication and the diversity of voices through literature and the arts as an integral part of the on-going work of building” literary community and community as a whole.

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Pasadena Native Naomi Hirahara and L.A. Native Walter Mosley Nominated for Edgar Awards

By Brian Dunlap

HiroshimaBoyCvrFinal-medium-copy-250x393Pasadena Native Naomi Hirahara and L.A. native Walter Mosley have both been nominated for a 2019 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, Hiroshima Boy, and Best Novel, Down The River Unto The Sea, respectively. For Hirahara it’s her second Edgar Award nomination, her first being for Snakeskin Shamisen, which won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. Mosely has been nominated twice before for Best Novel, in 1993 for White Butterfly and in 2013 for All I did Was Shoot My Man and was nominated for Best First Novel in 1991 for Devil in a Blue Dress.

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CEMENTING HER REPUTATION

Naomi Hirahara joins an exclusive club — Vroman’s Walk of Fame.
By J.K. Yamamoto
From: Rafu Shimpo

naomi-handsPASADENA — The atmosphere in front of Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena last Saturday afternoon was reminiscent of a Hollywood paparazzi fest.

With dozens of well-wishers taking photos and videos, local mystery author Naomi Hirahara placed her hands in cement and signed her name to become a part of Vroman’s Walk of Fame.

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