The Hot Off the Press (HOTP) Literary Reading, a program of the Filipino American International Book Festival, will be via Zoom this year. The event, sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library and PAWA will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021, 5–6:30 p.m. PT.
Hosted and Moderated by author Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Hot Off the Press Literary Readings have been showcasing Filipino and FilAm authors and their new books since 2011.
This year’s HOTP Literary Reading includes nine Filipino and Filipino American authors: Gina Apostol, Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, George Gonzaga Deoso, Caroline Sy Hau, Mae Respicio, Randy Ribay, Brian Ascalon Roley, Ricco Siasoco, and Lara Stapleton.
“Jeanne-Marie Osterman’s debut full-length poetry collection, Shellback (Paloma Press 2021), does the difficult work of using inventive and unflinching verse to deal with a lineage of familial trauma, alternating between the speaker’s father’s wartime experiences in World War II’s pacific theater, the difficulties of a childhood with a father who’s haunted by the war, and her aging father’s final days…”
Read the excellent review by Eric Steifel and the interview with Shellback author Jeanne-Marie Osterman here.
Check out the author website of the lovely and brilliant Lara Stapleton! Did you know that Lara co-created, with Rachel Watanabe-Batton, a television series set in antebellum New Orleans about mixed-race families, taboo and the color line, titled 1850? The project was selected for the IFP No Borders International Co-Production Market! And did you also know that Lara is co-owner of the Filipino restaurant jeepneyNYC which The New Yorker described as “the smartest and most gratifying”? A graduate of NYU’s creative writing program, Lara’s greatest pride, though, is for her students at Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York. Visit Lara’s website to find out more about the author of The Ruin of Everything, forthcoming from Paloma Press in the fall!
Please save the date for “The Ruin of the Human Zoo According to Stapleton, Murray, Apostol, Linmark”! November 4, 7pm Eastern, at KGB Bar in NYC.
Zack Linmark will be in conversation with Lara Stapleton, author of The Ruin of Everything, Sabina Murray, author of The Human Zoo, and Gina Apostol, author of The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata. Books and drinks will be on sale.