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GuerrillaReads No. 37: Naomi Hirahara

Author Naomi Hirahara has deep roots in both Southern California and Japan. She’s written nonfiction, mysteries, middle grades lit and journalism for locally acclaimed Rafu Shimpo.

In this guerrilla reading, she takes us back to the first book in her Edgar Award-winning Mas Arai mystery series, Summer of the Big Bachi.

In an interview with NPR, Hirahara explained her crime-solving hero this way:

“I’m basically making a character like my father a hero,” Hirahara admits. “I think all the times I complained that my dad was a gardener and we couldn’t afford this trip or that trip, I’m trying to make up for it by creating this heroic, iconic figure that’s underestimated.”

For more, visit Hirahara’s website, or follow her on Twitter @gasagasagirl.

GuerrillaReads No. 35: Alicia Gaspar de Alba

Alicia Gaspar de Alba is the author of three novels, two collections of poetry and a short story collection. In this guerrilla reading, she reads from her mystery Desert Blood: The Juárez Murders. This book took both the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Novel and the Latino Book Award for Best English-language Mystery in 2005. Her novels have been translated into Spanish, German, and Italian.

You can learn more about Alicia and her work on her website.

GuerrillaReads No. 34: Dani Dixon

In this episode of GuerrillaReads, Dani Dixon reads from her forthcoming thriller, Precedent. In true guerrilla style, Dixon ends her reading with a startling cliffhanger.

Dixon is Creative Director at Tumble Creek Press and author of their comic book series, 13. More info available, whether you to prefer to like or follow.

GuerrillaReads No. 33: James Luna

Another fun children’s book guerrilla reading, this one by author James Luna. Illustrations in his bilingual book, The Runaway Piggy / El cochinito fugitivo are by fellow guerrilla reader Laura Lacámara.

If you need a little Mexican style hot chocolate to go with your delicious cochinito cookies, check out the Kid Stuff page on Luna’s website.

Run, little piggy, run!

GuerrillaReads No. 30: David Bueno-Hill

David Bueno-Hill is an LA-based writer and teacher. In this guerrilla reading, he reads from one of the books in his Mr. Clean series, Mr. Clean and the Barrio.

Bueno-Hill describes his writing this way:

These books are not just urban fiction. In my visions birds write poetry with broken wings and angel feathers darken when innocence is lost.  I mix politics, culture, and the Latino reality in my novels to advocate thinking and positivity within my readers.

Read more about Bueno-Hill and his work.