Authors to Gather for Inaugural Little Tokyo Book Festival


The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and Shotokio Crew will welcome over 30 authors at the inaugural Little Tokyo Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Aratani Theatre.


Amy Uyematsu

Amy Uyematsu


The Little Tokyo Book Festival is the collaboration of JACCC and the Shotokio Crew, which is composed of local, prominent community leaders who have a strong desire to bring Asian American writers and all people who love books to Little Tokyo. Members of Shotokio Crew — Naomi Hirahara, Sherry Kanzer, traci kato­kiriyama, Iku Kiriyama and Carolyn Sanwo — have been developing a new and different concept of a book festival that encourages literacy and literature in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

Not your typical run-of-the-mill book festival, the Little Tokyo Book Festival will feature three dynamic panels and two “round-robin” style readings on the Aratani Theatre stage. The theater will be transformed to provide intimate and interactive participation from writers, readers and participants.