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"On Noir" with mystery writer Naomi Hirahara, accompanied by mood music!

Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Monday, February 27, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)

"On Noir" with mystery writer Naomi Hirahara,...

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Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email
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5:15-6:15pm Docents available to discuss the site
6:30-7:30pm Reading with music

Mystery author Naomi Hirahara takes us on a tour of her unique vision of noir in this reading and author discussion. She is accompanied by mood music from a jazz trio and a special guest musician.

Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of the ‘Mas Arai’ mystery series (Blood Hina, Summer of the Big Bachi, Gasa-Gasa Girl, and Snakeskin Shamisen), featuring a Japanese American gardener who’s also an atomic-bomb survivor. A previous editor of The Rafu Shimpo newspaper, Naomi, a graduate of South Pasadena High School, has also produced nonfiction books on horticulture and Asian American history.  Her short stories are featured in Los Angeles Noir, A Hell of a Woman, and The Darker Mask.

Kicking off two months of noir-themed programming at the Santa Monica Public Library, Raymond Chandler's The Lady in the Lake was chosen as the 2012 Citywide Reads book. The master of hard-boiled detective fiction's 1943 novel was hailed by Time magazine as “an astringent, hard-bitten, expertly constructed and convincingly characterized story.” The novel finds Chandler’s hard-nosed detective Phillip Marlowe investigating the disappearance of a doctor’s wife, and as with all of the private dick’s cases the mystery gets more tangled and complex with every turn of the page. Set partially in “Bay City,” Chandler’s stand-in for Santa Monica, The Lady in the Lake is unusual for the author in that it also takes Marlowe outside of his standard beat of Los Angeles.

Santa Monica Citywide Reads is a community reading program that invites residents of and visitors to Santa Monica to read the same book and then come together in book discussions and special events to talk about it. Citywide Reads will begin in late February 2012 and continue through March 2012, and will feature free public book discussion groups led by volunteer facilitators and held in libraries, bookstores, coffeehouses, and other venues. Related special events are being planned, including an exciting slate of best-selling contemporary mystery authors influenced by Chandler, local history programs, film noir movie screenings, and much more.

For more information about Citywide Reads, visit or call the Santa Monica Public Library at 310-458-8600. On Noir is also part of the new Noirfest Santa Monica; info at their facebook page and

Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy before every Beach=Culture evening, from 5:15-6:15pm.

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email We appreciate your keeping in touch!

Directions: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway, a half mile north of the California Incline and a half mile south of Chautauqua Blvd. Plenty of public parking is available - enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. The facility is easily accessible by foot or bike from the beach bike path, although the Beach closes at sunset. There is ample bike parking at racks throughout the site - remember to bring your own lock.

Parking: For Beach=Culture events after 5:30pm through April, there is a flat $5 parking charge at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Please display your receipt in your vehicle. For daytime and weekend fees, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit, or call 310-458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours.

Have questions about "On Noir" with mystery writer Naomi Hirahara, accompanied by mood music!? Contact Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

When & Where

415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
Santa Monica

Monday, February 27, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)

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Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. We look forward to seeing you! 

The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit

See Getting Here & Parking for directions, parking fees, bike information, and more! 

If you have any questions, please email or call (310) 458-4904 for the Guest Services desk at the Beach House.

Click to join the Beach House email lists or the Cultural Affairs Division lists for info on other arts programming, including artist opportunities, annual festivals, weekly arts events around town, or monthly updates from the Civic Auditorium and the Miles Playhouse.

The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program.

The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.

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