2023/10/26: Bowers Museum’s book club selects “Clark and Division” by Naomi Hirahara as October Selection: Onsite event with author set for Thursday, Oct. 26, 11 am – 1 pm

Books at Bowers: Touring Through the Pages

ONSITE | Books at Bowers: Clark and Division with Author Naomi Hirahara

Thursday, October 26, 11 am – 1 pm, at Norma Kershaw Auditorium, Onsite Book Discussion & Tour

Books at Bowers: Touring Through the Pages is a Bowers Docent Guild sponsored book club for Bowers Museum members. The October Book Club selection is the historical mystery novel Clark and Division. According to book critic Paula L. Woods writing for the Los Angeles Times, author Naomi Hirahara was “destined to write Clark and Division.”

Hirahara is uniquely qualified to write this crime mystery set in World War II directly after Japanese Americans were interned in camps like Manzanar and then resettled in cities like Chicago. She spent a decade as a reporter for Rafu Shimpo, LA’s daily Japanese American newspaper, covering news about reparations and redress for those interned in Japanese concentration camps.

Clark and Division follows the Ito family from their middle-class life in Los Angeles to internment and then resettlement in Chicago. Within the 312-page mystery, readers will learn about little known aspects of resettlement, follow clues to solve a real mystery, and enjoy a coming of age story. Clark and Division is paired with the traveling exhibit, Beyond the Great Wave: Works by Hokusai from the British Museum.

The October 26 in-person session will include a discussion with author Naomi Hirahara from 11 am – 12 pm followed by a tour of Beyond the Great Wave: Works by Hokusai from the British Museum from 12 – 1 pm.

Free for Bowers Members.  RSVP on Bowers.org. Space is limited to 30 Bowers Members per discussion. A confirmation email will be sent to participants prior to the event.
Questions? Email programs@bowers.org.