What are the special challenges that writers of color face in today's
literary marketplace? How do they get their voices heard beyond the narrow
confines of an 'ethnic' audience, to become more widely known to a majority
GLAWS is pleased to present a distinguished panel of authors of color
in a candid and inspirational discussion of their writing, their careers,
and how each one has overcome their own personal challenges to become
successful. No matter what you are writing you must attend this important
Special Speaker Event. Learn more at: www.glaws.org/sse/2012/10
Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai
mystery series, which features a Japanese American gardener
and atomic-bomb survivor who solves crimes. Her fifth novel
in the series, Strawberry Yellow, will be released in March
2013. She also has a book for middle-grade readers, 1001
Cranes, which was chosen as an Honor Book for the Youth Literature
of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.
She is currently at work on another middle-grade novel,
as well as a new mystery series for Penguin Berkley with
a twentysomething multiracial LAPD bicycle cop. Her mystery
novels have also been published in Japan and Korea.
Hirahara, born and raised in Southern California, is a former
editor of The Rafu Shimpo daily newspaper. Her web site is www.naomihirahara.com.
A. Olivas is the author of six books of fiction including
The Book of Want: A Novel (University of Arizona Press),
and Anywhere But L.A.: Stories (Bilingual Press). He
edited the landmark anthology, Latinos in Lotusland (Bilingual
Press), which brings together 60 years of Los Angeles fiction
by Latino writers.
Widely anthologized, his writing has also appeared in many
publications such as the Los Angeles Times, the El Paso Times,
Exquisite Corpse, The Jewish Journal, California Lawyer,
and New Madrid. He shares blogging duties on La Bloga
which is dedicated to literature by Latino writers.
Olivas majored in English literature at Stanford University
and earned his law degree from UCLA. Since 1990, he
has practiced law in the Public Rights Division of the California
Department of Justice. Olivas makes his home in the
San Fernando Valley with his wife and son.
Phillips’ latest novel is the Warlord of Willow
Ridge wherein a stranger with a shady past arrives at
a suburban housing subdivision and squats in a foreclosed
home. Publishers Weekly said of the book, “…the
author does manage to create a compelling protagonist who
suggests Donald Westlake’s classic antihero Parker
reincarnated with more heart, personality, and sex appeal.”
He has an original short story upcoming in the Heroin
Chronicles, and is co-editor and contributor to Black
Pulp, an original collection of African American characters
inspired by 1930s pulps, as well as the anthology Night
of the Insurgents, a collection of linked short stories
based on the actual attempt of rightwing businessmen to
overthrow FDR during the Great Depression. The anthology
features Operator 5, a super spy before Bauer and Bond
who was a mainstay of 1930s pulps. Both will be out
in Spring of 2013.
M. Pratt is a significant force in Hollywood. She’s
an American Director, Writer, television Executive Producer
and actress. She was Executive Producer of “The Net” for
USA network, co-Executive producer and head writer on iconic
NBC series the Quantum Leap and Tequila and Bonette for CBS.
She wrote for multiple television series including Quantum
Leap, Magnum, P.I., The Pretender and Airwolf. She made her
directorial debut with Cora Unashamed for the BBC, PBS and
Masterpiece Theatre's The American Collection.
Ms. Pratt is a five-time Emmy nominee, a Golden Globe nominee,
and recipient of The Lillian Gish Award from Women in Film,
The Angel Award, The Golden Block Award, and Six B.E.N. Awards.
From the award-winning series Quantum Leap to the internationally
acclaimed Masterpiece Theatre's Cora Unashamed.
Deborah M. Pratt’s vision is an inspiration to audiences
worldwide. A master storyteller with a spiritual dream for
a better world, Deborah M. Pratt breaks the mold of science
fiction and creates a genre of science fantasy with the soul
of the universe and a key to the human heart. Intricately
layered with scientific fact and fascinating detail, The
Vision Quest is a riveting journey into the future of our
world. The books have a spiritual theme and she is building
the worlds accompanying Web presence.
Her latest book, “EVE: Sins of the Nephelim” is
being published by Broad Lit and is due for release first
Ms. Moore is the author of Griffin's Daughter,
her debut novel and the first in her romantic fantasy Griffin's
Daughter trilogy, was named 2008 IBPA Ben Franklin Award
Winner for Best First Fiction. Griffin's Shadow, the
second book in the series, has been officially endorsed by
both Publisher's Weekly and The Library Journal. Both books
are available online at Amazon.com and at local booksellers
A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Moore received
her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University
of California at Davis in 1988. Dr. Moore lives and works
in Los Angeles, CA and in her spare time, she practices the
beautiful and ancient art of belly dance. She is also the
Vice-President of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society,
and Chairs several committees.
Destiny, the third and final volume of the Griffin's
Daughter Trilogy is now available in paperback direct
from the publisher. You can order a signed personalized
copy by going to www.ridanpublishing.com
Visit Leslie Ann's website at www.leslieannmoore.com/
The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is a non-profit
organization that provides a forum for writers of all disciplines to
meet and discuss the craft and the business of writing. GLAWS accomplishes
this through monthly meetings, discussion forums, critique groups, special
writer appearances, conferences, and other events conducted for the purpose
of educating and mentoring writers of all levels of expertise. GLAWS
Special Speaker Events are open to the public, and a great venue to meet
other writers and expand your expertise.