BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20140517T000000Z DTEND:20140517T000000Z DESCRIPTION:Edgar Award-winning author Naomi Hirahara returns to JAMsj to i ntroduce&nbsp\;<em>Murder on Bamboo</em><em>Lane</em>\, the first in her n ew mystery series. This new series follows the exploits of Officer Ellie R ush\, a 23-year-old hapa bicycle cop for the LAPD.\n&nbsp\;&nbsp\;\n"I wro te this new series to present the real-world challenges of young people of color in an entertaining way\," said Hirahara\, who also writes the Mas A rai mystery series\, which features a Kibei Nisei gardener and Hiroshima s urvivor. "I also wanted to place downtown Los Angeles\, my beloved city\, on center stage."\n\nn&nbsp\;<em>Murder on Bamboo Lane</em>\, rookie cop E llie gets involved in the investigation of the murder of a Vietnamese Amer ican college classmate\, whose body is found on Bamboo Lane in Chinatown d uring the Lunar New Year weekend. Ellie's aunt\, Cheryl Toma\, happens to be the highest-ranking Asian American officer within the LAPD\, which both helps and challenges Ellie's aspirations to someday become a homicide det ective.\n&nbsp\;\nThe trade reviews of the new book have been uniformly po sitive:\n&nbsp\;\n<em>"Readers will want to see more of Ellie\, who provid es a fresh perspective on L.A.'s rich ethnic mix."</em>&nbsp\;--Publishers Weekly\n&nbsp\;\n<em>"The author has also done a fantastic job of creatin g a main character who is both warm and realistic as she tackles a murder investigation close to her heart. This novel is a wonderful read."</em>&nb sp\;--Romantic Times (four stars)\n&nbsp\;\n<em>"Hirahara's new series deb ut strikes just the right tone\, neatly tuned into the twenty-something se t. Her multi-ethnic cast promises a fascinating future for a cozy series t angling with serious topics."</em>&nbsp\;--Library Journal&nbsp\;\nCost: F ree with admission to the museum (non-members\, $5\; students and seniors over age 65\, $3\; JAMsj members and children under 12\, free).&nbsp\;\n\n Contact&nbsp\;<a href=" 1.0/mail/getBody?folderId=1&amp\;messageId=Nzg1NCFZM0hEUk7hFWBttMlkdX3DwNN t&amp\;purpose=display&amp\;bodyType=htmlNoExternals#">PublicPrograms@jams</a>&nbsp\;or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a spot.&nbsp\;\n\n&nbsp\ ; &nbsp\; SUMMARY:Meet the Author: Naomi Hirahara author of Murder on Bamboo Lane URL:/en/events/2014/05/17/meet-the-author-naomi-hirahara-author-of-murder/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR