Aug 12, 2010 — The protagonist of Naomi Hirahara's novels isn't a seasoned police detective or a private investigator — he's a gruff, 72-year-old gardener who lives in the hills above Pasadena, Calif. The Mas Arai character was inspired by Hirahara's father and guides readers into the hidden corners of L.A.'s Japanese-American communities.
Oct 22, 2009 — Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series centers on a smart-mouthed sad sack named Greg Heffley who just can't seem to win.
Oct 22, 2009 — Read an excerpt from the latest book in Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid series.
Oct 20, 2009 — Author Lisa See is drawn to books by Japanese-American women and the issues they tend to write about: love, race, identity, place and history — and its effect on the present.
Oct 13, 2009 — If a comic book about surviving middle school doesn't sound like a must read to you, think again. Critic Maureen Corrigan says that Jeff Kinney's Dog Days — the latest in his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series — hits home with any crowd.
Aug 9, 2007 — Children's books written to include black characters have become easier to find in recent years. But have they really gone mainstream? And what does it mean to write a culturally specific children's book?
Oct 19, 2005 — Two writers describe how their lives have been shaped: Kim Ponders was an Air Force pilot during the first Gulf War; and Nicole Lea Helget grew up on a turbulent Minnesota farm in the 1980s.