"On Noir" with mystery writer Naomi Hirahara, accompanied by mood music!
Monday, February 27, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)
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 http://smpl.org/Citywide_Reads.aspx 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 http://www.noirfestsm.com.
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