2016 / Inaugural Little Tokyo Book Festival at Aratani Theatre, Sept. 24

The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and Shotokio Crew announce the inaugural “Little Tokyo Book Festival” for Saturday, September 24, from 10 am to 7 pm, in the Aratani Theatre and prepare to welcome over 30 authors.

The Little Tokyo Book Festival is the collaboration of JACCC and the Shotokio Crew, which is comprised of local, prominent community leaders who have a strong desire to bring Asian American writers and all people who love books to Little Tokyo.

The Little Tokyo Book Festival will feature three dynamic panels and two “round robin” style reading on the Aratani Theatre stage.

The Little Tokyo Book Festival will introduce new books written within the past 24 months as well as old favorites.

The program will feature panel sessions with:

Lily Havey (Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp),

20160922 LTBF Book Cover Todd Shimoda_Why Ghosts Appear

Todd Shimoda (Why Ghosts Appear),

20160922 TLBF Nick Nagatani Book Cover_Buddhahead Trilogy

Nick Nagatani (Buddhahead Triology),

20160922 LTBF Karen Ishizuka Book Cover_Serve the people

Karen Ishizuka (Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties),

20160922 LTBF Book Cover Sonoko Sakai_Rice Craft

Sonoko Sakai (Rice Craft),

20160922 LTBF Book Cover Sesshu Foster  World_Ball_Notebook

Sesshu Foster (World Ball Notebook),

20160922 LTBF Nina Revoyr Book cover LostCanyon

Nina Revoyr (Lost Canyon),

20160922 LTBF Book Cover Sarah KuhnHeroine Complex

Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex) and

20160922 LTBF Cynthia Kadohata Book cover_The thing about luck

Cynthia Kadohata (The Thing about Luck).


The schedule of the day is as follows:

10­ – 10:10am ­ – Opening Remarks

Nick Nagatani

Nick Nagatani

10:10­ – 11:20am ­ – “Past” Panel with Lily Havey, Nick Nagatani, Todd Shimoda and Naomi Hirahara as the moderator

11:30­ – 12:30pm ­ – “Little Tokyo”; Round Robin with Amy Uyematsu, Mia Nakaji Monnier, traci kato­kiriyama, Sunny Seki, Serena Kuhn, Mari Naomi

12:30­ – 1:45pm ­ Lunch Break / Book Signings on JACCC Plaza

Karen Ishizuka

Karen Ishizuka

1:50­ – 2:55pm ­ – “Community” Panel with Karen Ishizuka, Sonoko Sakai, Sesshu Foster and Oliver Wang as the moderator

Cynthia Kadohata

Cynthia Kadohata

3­ – 4:10pm – ­ “Identity / Self” Panel with Nina Revoyr, Cynthia Kadohata, Sarah Kuhn and Traise Yamamoto as the moderator

4:20­ – 5:35pm – LA Asian American Pacific Islander Authors Round Robin with Angela Penaredondo, Kenji Liu, Yumi Sakugawa, Taz Ahmed, Chiwan Choi, and Neelanjana Banerjee

5:40pm – ­ Closing Remarks

5:45­ – 7pm ­ – Book Signings on JACCC Plaza

7pm – ­ Open Reception on JACCC Plaza

Currently sponsors include Friends of Little Tokyo Library and Aihara & Associates Insurance Services. For questions regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Helen H. Ota at hota@jaccc.org