Naomi Hirahara

Naomi Hirahara is an Edgar Award-winning writer and editor based in Pasadena, California.  The first book in her MAS ARAI series was a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize, was also nominated for a Macavity mystery award. The first book in her latest mystery series won the T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award.

She has also written, edited, and published several nonfiction books, largely about the Japanese American experience.  She was formerly an editor of The Rafu Shimpo newspaper, the largest Japanese American daily in the United States.  Naomi was the recipient of a Brody Arts grant from the California Arts Council and a literary fellowship from the Milton Center at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.  An earlier version of Summer of Big Bachi was a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize in 2000.

She has a B.A. in international relations from Stanford University.  Her father is a gardener and atomic-bomb survivor.

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