BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.6535@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20220326T000000Z DTEND:20220326T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<strong><span style="color: #c21313\;">In person: $16 General A dmission / FREE for Members</strong>\n\n<strong><span style="color: #c2131 3\;">Virtual: $5 General Admission / FREE for Members</strong>\n\n<strong> <span style="color: #c21313\;">\n</strong>\n\nJoin award winning Japanese American authors Naomi Hirahara (An Eternal Lei) and Sarah Kuhn (From Litt le Tokyo\, with Love) in discussion of their recently released books that explore the power of young women and the significance of place.\n\n<strong >\n</strong>\n\nAbout An Eternal Lei by Naomi Hirahara:\n\nIt’s the midd le of the pandemic and Hawaii has been virtually closed to tourists. So wh en Leilani Santiago and her young sisters save a mysterious woman wearing an unusual lei from drowning in Waimea Bay in Kaua’i\, questions abound. Who is she and where did she come from? Leilani suddenly finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when the lei is traced back to her b est friend\, the very pregnant Courtney Kahuakai\, and her family’s flow er business.\n\nWhile the woman is in a medically-induced coma at a local hospital\, Leilani sets out to discover her identity and her connections t o the island. She is drawn deeper into the mystery\, only to stumble into secrets that prove deadly. When Leilani’s investigation puts her family in danger\, her survival and the safety of those dearest to her will depen d on her sense of ingenuity and the strength of her island community.\n\n< strong>\n</strong>\n\nAbout From Little Tokyo\, With Love by Sarah Kuhn:\n \nIf Rika’s life seems like the beginning of a familiar fairy tale—bei ng an orphan with two bossy cousins and working away in her aunts’ busin ess—she would be the first to reject that foolish notion. After all\, sh e loves her family (even if her cousins were named after Disney characters )\, and with her biracial background\, amazing judo skills and red-hot tem per\, she doesn’t quite fit the princess mold.\n\nAll that changes the i nstant she locks eyes with Grace Kimura\, America’s reigning rom-com swe etheart\, during the Nikkei Week Festival. From there\, Rika embarks on a madcap adventure of hope and happiness—searching for clues that Grace is her long-lost mother\, exploring Little Tokyo’s hidden treasures with c ute actor Hank Chen\, and maybe . . . finally finding a sense of belonging .\n\nBut fairy tales are fiction and the real world isn’t so kind. Rika knows she’s setting herself up for disappointment\, because happy ending s don’t happen to girls like her. Should she walk away before she gets i n even deeper\, or let herself be swept away?\n\n<strong>\n</strong>\n\nAn Eternal Lei and From Little Tokyo\, With Love will be available in <a hre f="https://janmstore.com/">the JANM Store</a> starting March 22nd. Signed copies will be available.\n\n<a href="https://9644p.blackbaudhosting.com/9 644p/tickets?tab=2&amp\;txobjid=a861eb53-ed51-4fd3-be3d-b34ea93f205e">RSVP for In Person</a>     <a href="https://9644p.blackbaudhosting.com/9644 p/tickets?tab=2&amp\;txobjid=9eaa942b-b39c-4a01-8ee7-268c077430ac">RSVP fo r Virtual</a>\n SUMMARY:Author Discussion—Writing Heroes with Naomi Hirahara &amp\; Sarah Kuhn URL:/en/events/2022/03/26/author-discussionwriting-heroes-with-naomi-hiraha / END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR