Lament in the Night
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Lament in the Night: An Evening of LA Pulp Authors


Lament in the Night is a reading series featuring Los Angeles based pulp/crime writers. The event also features the reading of sections from Lament in the Night, the groundbreaking book written by Shōson Nagahara, originally published in the 1920s in what is now Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

Hosted and curated by award-winning writer Naomi Hirahara.

Featuring Christa Faust and Wally Rudolph

Naomi Hirahara is the author of the Mas Arai mysteries, which include SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI, GASA-GASA GIRL, SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN, BLOOD HINA and most recently, STRAWBERRY YELLOW. 

Her new mystery series featuring a female bicycle cop with the LAPD will be launched in April 2014 with the first installment, MURDER ON BAMBOO LANE: An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery. She will be also continuing her Mas Arai mysteries.

Naomi is also the author of a middle-grade novel, 1001 CRANES, and numerous nonfiction works on Japanese American and Southern California horticultural history. Her most recent project is a book on the lost communities of Terminal Island before World War II, an Angel City Press project for the Port of Los Angeles.

Christa Faust is the author of several novels, including Choke HoldMoney Shot and HoodtownMoney Shot was nominated for an Edgar awardAnthony award and Barry award, and won a Spinetingler award in the Rising Star category.  She worked in the Times Square peep booths, as a professional dominatrix, and in the adult film industry both behind and in front of the cameras for over a decade, starring in dozens of racy fetish-oriented videos. She also wrote and directed a four-part bondage adventure serial called Dita in Distress, featuring world famous burlesque queen Dita Von Teese.  Faust is a film noir fanatic and an avid reader of classic hardboiled pulp novels, and an MMA fight fan. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.

Born in Canada to Jamaican immigrant parents and raised in Texas, Wally Rudolph smoked marijuana for the first time at the age of fourteen. The joint, rolled from the Book of Revelations of a pocket sized bible, was the start of a fifteen year affair with illicit drugs that took him back and forth across the American Midwest.

As an actor, he has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including Street KingsBang Bang, and most recently, Sons of Anarchy. In 2007, he was recognized by The Ford Theatre Foundation in Los Angeles as part of its New and Emerging Voices Reading Series for his collection of short stories, The World’s Princess. More of his fiction can be found in the literary journals, Milk MoneyLines+Stars, PalookaSlush PileThe Brooklyner, and Prospect Park Books 2013 fiction anthology, Literary:Pasadena.

His debut novel, Four Corners, published by Soft Skull Press is now on sale.