Strawberry Yellow

By Naomi Hirahara

ISBN: 978-1938849022
Release Date: March 5, 2013

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Thursday, February 21, 12:15-1 PM
Los Angeles Public Library, Thursdays@Central
Discussion with Andrew Leong, translator of LAMENT IN THE NIGHT
630 N. Fifth St., Los Angeles

Sunday, February 24, 4 PM
Event with Andrew Leong, translator of LAMENT IN THE NIGHT
Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

Sunday, March 3, 3 PM
Kinokuniya Bookstore
123 Onizuka St, #205, Los Angeles

Thursday, March 7, 7 PM
Vroman’s, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Saturday-Sunday, March 9-10
Tucson Festival of Books
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Monday, March 11, 7 PM
Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale AZ

Tuesday, March 12, 7 PM
Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena

Friday, March 15, 12:30 PM
Mysterious Galaxy, 2810 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach

Saturday, March 16, 2 PM
Book’em Mysteries, 1118 Mission St., South Pasadena

Sunday, March 17, 2 PM
Book Carnival, 348 S. Tustin St., Orange

Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 PM
Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver CO

Thursday-Saturday, March 21-23
Left Coast Crime, Colorado Springs CO

Sunday, March 24, 12 PM
Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet St., Houston TX

Saturday, March 30, 2 PM
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles

Saturday, April 6, 2 PM
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library
3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance

Sunday, April 21, 1:30 PM
Crime Fiction Panel @
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
in conversation with P.G. Sturges and Miles Corwin, moderated by Lee Goldberg
University of Southern California

Saturday, May 4, 1 PM
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth St., San Jose

Saturday, June 15, 2 PM
Sisters in Crime Author Program
Santa Monica Library-Ocean Park Branch
2601 Main St., Santa Monica, CA

Friday, July 5, 3:15-4:30 PM
Japanese American National Museum National Conference
Poetic License? Nikkei Writers and the Representation of History
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle WA

Sunday, July 7, time tbd
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Ave., Seattle, WA

Saturday, August 16, 2-4 PM FREE

Santa Monica Library 
The Elements of Mystery Panel: Moderating Discussions with Kim Fay, Samuel W. Gailey, Rachel Howzell Hall, and Don Passman
601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

Sunday, August 24, 2 PM FREE (Refreshments served beforehand at 1PM)
Panel on Mysteries Set in Asia and Asia America
Joint Event with Orange County Sisters in Crime and SoCal Mystery Writers: Moderating Discussions with Lisa Brackmann, Steph Cha, Kim Fay, and Timothy Hallinan
15500 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine, CA

November 13-16, tbd
Bouchercon 2014 
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 South Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA


In this fifth in the Edgar-winning series, author Naomi Hirahara has created a memorable protagonist unlike any other. Mas Arai is a Hiroshima survivor, L.A. gardener, widower, gambler, grandfather, and solver of crimes. In Strawberry Yellow, he returns to the strawberry farms of his youth in Watsonville, California and encounters murder, family intrigue, and danger. Was his cousin murdered because of the controversial new berry varietal he’d been developing? Is someone trying to kill Mas? Is there more involved in the GMO protests than just picket lines? In his quiet way, Mas gets answers.

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A Mas Arai Mystery
ISBN: 978-1-938849-19-0

“The complex interrelationships of this multigenerational Japanese American community and the fierce competition for control of the California strawberry industry make this a thoughtful and highly entertaining read.”
Library Journal

Read the full Library Journal (starred!) review here.

“In author Hirahara’s deft hands (she’s an Edgar winner), the human characters, especially Mas, always make for a compelling read.” —Mystery Scene Magazine

Read the full review here.

“Hirahara again wisely makes her unusual lead—and most unlikely—sleuth the focus.”
Publishers Weekly

“Mas, less an amateur detective than a cranky, accidental one, is what makes the story work…. His obdurance, his skill as a listener, and even his broken English are charming in a quirky, uncomplicated way.”

“Mas is the kind of character who not only entertains, but also expands the literary landscape.”Stanford Alumni Magazine

“A shrewd sense of character and a formidable narrative engine.”
Chicago Tribune

“A winning series.”
Seattle Times

“A compelling grasp of the Japanese American subculture… absolutely fascinating.”
Asian American Press


Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award–winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series. Nominated also for Macavity and Anthony awards, the novels in the series include Summer of the Big Bachi, Gasa-Gasa Girl, Snakeskin Shamisen, and Blood Hina. Her novel for younger readers, 1001 Cranes, won honorable mention in youth literature by the Asian/Pacific Librarians Association. Naomi has been a reporter at The Rafu Shimpo and a Milton Center Fellow in creative writing at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, and has written and edited many other books about gardening and Japanese American culture. Learn more at

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