Vroman’s Walk of Fame

“Your loyalties are clear when it comes to friends.”

I was very excited to witness Naomi Hirahara getting inducted into Vroman’s Walk of Fame this weekend. The Author Walk of Fame started in 2014 to honor authors with a special connection to the bookstore and the community. Other writers who’ve been honored include Luis Rodriguez, Michael Connelly, and Lisa See.

Hirahara immortalized her handprints and signature in concrete in front of Vroman’s, the iconic Pasadena bookstore. (She credits childhood Japanese calligraphy skills for her ease of writing.)

Besides creating the Edgar Award-winning Mas Arai mystery series, Hirahara has written stellar nonfiction, middle grade—and has even curated exhibits! I love how she inserts detailed, accurate local settings along with a wealth of history into her work.

Way to go, Naomi Hirahara!

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  1. A wonderful author and a terrific bookshop. Whenever I am in Pasadena I make the detour.

  2. I’ve never been to Pasadena, but I salute the bookstore for honoring authors.

  3. I’ve been to Vroman’s once but didn’t see this walk of fame. Great idea!

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