We are very excited to announce author Walter Mosley as our next honoree to immortalize his handprints and signature in the Vroman’s Author Walk of Fame! We are so thrilled to honor Walter with this dedication and to celebrate all of his wonderful work and there is a special significance this year with it coinciding with Vroman’s 125th Anniversary.
Join us on November 9th at noon for the dedication. After the dedication please stay for a special conversation between Walter Mosley and previous honoree Naomi Hirahara, followed by a reception in honor of Walter Mosley and in celebration of Vroman’s 125th Anniversary.
About Walter Mosley: Walter Mosley is one of America's most celebrated and beloved writers. A Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, he has won numerous awards, including an Edgar Award for best novel, the Anisfield-Wolf Award, a Grammy, a PEN USA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and several NAACP Image awards. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. His short fiction has appeared in a wide array of publications, including The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Playboy, and his nonfiction has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and The Nation. He is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series, including most recently Charcoal Joe.
About Naomi Hirahara: Naomi Hirahara is an award-winning mystery novelist and nonfiction writer of the Japanese American experience in the United States. She is most well known for her Edgar Award-winning Mas Arai mystery series, which features an Altadena-based gardener and Hiroshima survivor. The final mystery in the series, HIROSHIMA BOY, was published this spring by Prospect Park Books. Her first Mas Arai novel, SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI, is currently being developed into an independent film. She is also the creator of the Officer Ellie Rush series and a new mystery set in Hawai’I, which will be published in September 2019. The city of Pasadena awarded her a cultural affairs grant to help develop a historical thriller.
A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo newspaper, curator of historical exhibitions, and consultant for media productions, she has also published noir short stories, middle-grade fiction and nonfiction books, including TERMINAL ISLAND: LOST COMMUNITIES OF LOS ANGELES (Angel City Press) and LIFE AFTER MANZANAR (Heyday). A graduate of South Pasadena High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University. A native of Altadena, she currently resides in Pasadena with her husband, Wes, and Jack Russell Terrier, Tulo.