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"Writers Of Color"
Unique Perspectives Across
The Wider Literary Landscape

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 readership?

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:

Saturday, October 20, 2:30 pm

Paul S. Levine at GLAWSNaomi 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


Paul S. Levine at GLAWSDaniel 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.


Paul S. Levine at GLAWSGary 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.


Paul S. Levine at GLAWSDeborah 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 quarter 2013.


Leslie Ann MooreMs. 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 and at local booksellers everywhere.

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.

Griffin's 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

Visit Leslie Ann's website at


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.

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