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Author Luncheon with Naomi Hirahara & Julia Walton

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Central Library - Lower Level Theater Entrance - Room C/D

7111 Talbert Avenue

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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Join us for our November Author Luncheon with bestselling authors Naomi Hirahara & Julia Walton

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Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is served at 12 Noon

Books sales and signings will take place after the author presentations.

The Author Luncheon is held in Room C/D at the Huntington Beach Central Library, Lower Level. Please use the Theater Entrance.

To register by mail and pay with cash or check please visit our website to download our registration form. You may also register in person (cash/check only) at the Friends Gift Shop inside the Central Library.

About our guests:

Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award–winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series, including Summer of the Big Bachi, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and one of Chicago Tribune’s Ten Best Mysteries and Thrillers; Gasa Gasa Girl; Snakeskin Shamisen; and Hiroshima Boy. Ms. Hirahara is also the author of the LA-based Ellie Rush mysteries. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo newspaper, she has co-written non-fiction books like Life after Manzanar and the award-winning Terminal Island: Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor. 

Julia Walton is the author of Words on Bathroom Walls (now a major motion picture available on Amazon Prime), Just Our Luck, and On the Subject of Unmentionable Things (Coming Summer 2022). She received an MFA in creative writing from Chapman University and a BA in History from UC Irvine. Julia lives with her husband and children in Huntington Beach, CA.

Clark and Division - Naomi Hirahara

Chicago, 1944: Twenty-year-old Aki Ito and her parents have just been released from Manzanar, where they have been detained by the US government since the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, together with thousands of other Japanese Americans. The life in California the Ito family were forced to leave behind is gone; instead, they are being resettled two thousand miles away in Chicago, where Aki’s older sister, Rose, was sent months earlier and moved to the new Japanese American neighborhood near Clark and Division streets. But on the eve of the Ito’s reunion, Rose is killed by a subway train.

Inspired by historical events, Clark and Division infuses an atmospheric and heartbreakingly real crime fiction plot with rich period details and delicately wrought personal stories Naomi Hirahara has gleaned from thirty years of research and archival work in Japanese American history.

“Searing . . . This is as much a crime novel as it is a family and societal tragedy, filtering one of the cruelest examples of American prejudice through the prism of one young woman determined to assert her independence, whatever the cost.”

—Sarah Weinman, The New York Times Book Review

A beautifully written novel. A telling and touching story that echoes across the decades. Naomi Hirahara uses the past to inspire us to be relentless in doing the right thing, right now.”

—Michael Connelly, bestselling author of the Harry Bosch series

Just Our Luck - Julia Walton 

"Bad luck follows lies." That was the first rule for life that Leo's Greek grandmother, Yia Yia, gave him before she died. But Leo's anxiety just caused a fight at school, and though he didn't lie, he wasn't exactly honest about how it all went down . . . how he went down. Now Leo's father thinks a self-defense class is exactly what his son needs to "man up."

"Leave the Paros family alone." That was Yia Yia's second rule for life. But who does Leo see sitting at the front desk of the local gym? Evey Paros, whose family supposedly cursed Leo's with bad luck. Seeing that Leo is desperate to enroll in anything but self-defense class, Evey cuts him a deal: she'll secretly enroll him in hot yoga instead—for a price. But what could the brilliant, ruthless, forbidden Evey Paros want from Leo?

“Leo’s singular voice keeps pages turning and chuckles coming but also communicates a wealth of insight on topics from mental health stigma to toxic masculinity. . . . A masterpiece and a delight.” —Kirkus ReviewsStarred Review

“A feel-good story, with shades of Holes and The Karate Kid, useful for readers who appreciate tales of an awkward outsider-turned-hero with acknowledged weaknesses and unexpected strengths.” —Bulletin

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Central Library - Lower Level Theater Entrance - Room C/D

7111 Talbert Avenue

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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The Friends of the Huntington Beach Public Library hosts monthly author events, authors luncheons, yearly field trips, an annual Valentines Tea's and a annual Wassail Party for our members. To support the efforts of the Friends of the Huntington Beach please visit our website to see how you can help. www.fotlhb.com

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