DALE FURUTANI (author of mystery books Death in Little Tokyo, Toyotomi Blades, Death at the Crossroads, Jade Palace Vendetta, Kill the Shogun and The Curious Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in Japan) is the first Asian American to win major mystery writing awards. He has won the Anthony Award and the Macavity Award and has also been nominated for the Agatha Award. He has written books with both contemporary Japanese American settings and historical samurai settings. His books have appeared on several bestseller lists including the Los Angeles Times and the Mystery Writers of America lists. His work has been praised by Booklist, the Washington Post and numerous other publications. Publisher's Weekly has called him "a master craftsman." Dale has spoken at the U.S. Library of Congress, the Japanese American National Museum. The Pacific Asia Museum, and numerous conferences. The City of Los Angeles named him as one of its "Forty Faces of Diversity." He has lived in Japan and traveled there extensively.
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