Tag Archives: mystery

GuerrillaReads No. 49: L.M. Quinn

L.M. Quinn‘s short story, The Red Lipstick, appears in the Latino young adult mystery anthology You Don’t Have a Clue. Kirkus Reviews said of the book,

Along with scary tales of murder, attempted murder and kidnapping, less violent crimes solved by young detectives include stolen auto parts, santitos (religious figurines) and costume jewelry—along with an encounter with possible ghosts and a vision of the enraged Aztec goddess Coyolxauhqui rising up over Venice Beach.

Quinn did a guerrilla reading from The Red Lipstick at the Tia Chucha’s 6th Annual Celebrating Words Festival.

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.