Naomi Hirahara at the Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties

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Riverside, CA 92506

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Cellar Door Bookstore and Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties present Naomi Hirahara, author of CLARK AND DIVISION.

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We're pleased to present a conversation with author Naomi Hirahara, hosted by Riverside's Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties, to discuss her new book Clark and Division, on sale August 3!

Aki Ito is just like any other gal in 1944 Chicago, or at least that’s what she wishes. The war rages on in both Europe and the Pacific, young men are drafted, and rations are tight, but Aki is also Nisei, first generation Japanese-American. Her family was recently released from Manzanar and relocated to Chicago where her sister, Rose, had been sent months before. The day before Aki and her parents arrive in Chicago, Rose is killed by a subway train. The police say she committed suicide, but Aki doesn’t believe it and vows to find out just what happened to Rose Ito. A beautifully rendered snapshot of a tragic time in American history, a heartbreaking crime that speaks volumes to today, and a gutsy heroine who fights for truth, from herself, and from the world that has turned so topsy-turvy.

To join, please order a copy of Clark and Division from Cellar Door Bookstore (click here to pre-order online) or register for the event here to add a donation (suggested is $5, but pay what you can).

About the Author:

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. She 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. The Stanford University alumna was born and raised in Altadena, CA; she now resides in the adjacent town of Pasadena, CA.

*Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, Cellar Door Bookstore is maintaining the following policy for in-person events:

All attendees must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result (within 48 hours) at the door.

All attendees must wear a mask covering both their nose and mouth when inside at all times.

In order to keep both our staff and our community safe, anyone who refuses to follow these rules will be asked to leave. Thank you.*

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