It’s a book launch party!

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.

The Ruin of Everything Virtual Book Launch!

Celebrate with us!

The Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. and Paloma Press are hosting a virtual book launch party to celebrate the release of Lara Stapleton’s short story collection, The Ruin of Everything.

Joining Lara are Filipino American writers Eileen Tabios, Beverly Parayno and Ricco Siasoco. Aileen Cassinetto and Edwin Lozada will host.

October 19, 5pm PST/8pm EST via Zoom & FB Live.

More information about the book here.

Ligaya Mishan reads The Ruin of Everything

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NYT food and culture writer Ligaya Mishan on Lara Stapleton’s The Ruin of Everything:

“Stories of racial ambiguity, of being in-between, “both hypervisible and unseen,” and love letters “to a modern generation of brown girls.” I covet galleys because they make me feel like I’m in on a secret; check out these stunners from @kylelucia + @daphnepalasia + @stapletonlara (“an Anaïs Nin of late capitalism’s bohemia,” per @gapostol — how’s that for a blurb!).”

Eileen Tabios on THE RUIN OF EVERYTHING

From award-winning author Eileen R. Tabios:

“If you could read only one of the nine short stories, “New” makes the release of the entire book worthwhile. And “Flesh and Blood” also passed my key test as not just a reader but a writer: the story made me want to run to my own pen or keyboard to write. The stories are engaging but the writing is also a writer’s writer’s delight: the characterizations are not just deep but sumptuous, structures are not just innovative but fresh, and narratives are both finely detailed but interspersed with psychological caesuras for maximizing the reader’s inhabitance.”

Forthcoming: The Ruin of Everything

Paloma Press is delighted to announce the forthcoming fall release of The Ruin of Everything, a short story collection by acclaimed Filipino American author Lara Stapleton! Ruin is now available for pre-order from Bookshop.org, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Book description:

The Ruin of Everything tells tales of abandoned children living in adult bodies. Bastards, bi-racial half-siblings, and orphans raised by aunts, they lose their last best love through brokenness like “the impossible loop in a stress dream.” Racial ambiguity abounds and confounds US color lines. Tones stretch from lugubrious sorrow to wicked dramedy. Obstinately fluid in architecture and identity, stories range from slick Hollywood glam to essayistic musings, from traditional immigrant realism, to rehearsals of autofiction that grow more metatextual as the book goes along. Just as we think we’ve learned how to read Stapleton’s stories, they shapeshift. And yet, the pieces reflect each other, a sad-clown funhouse hall of mirrors. Through wanton experiments with character, The Ruin of Everything asks us what is important to a tale and what it means to be American in country and continents. Lovers of Clarice Lispector and Luisa Valenzuela will find much to admire here. 

Advance words:

“An Anaïs Nin of late capitalism’s bohemia, Lara Stapleton writes like an oracle of an underworld—of miscegenated loves and translocated broken souls—of characters unaware or ruinously conscious—and she inscribes that world in us with lust and wit and always that deep joy that encompasses sorrows bred in the bone, the race, the colors of one’s skin, the heart, and of course the tongue: the word.”
Gina Apostol, author of Insurrecto

“With a keen eye for human ambitions and human frailties, Stapleton brings us the comic turmoil of characters steeped in the sorrows and absurdities of modern life; reaching for connection and erring, reaching for home and missing. Brimming with hard-edged loneliness, these stories reach into the underbellies of our deepest hopes and fears.”
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo, author of My Heart Underwater

“If you could read only one of the nine short stories, “New” makes the release of the entire book worthwhile. And “Flesh and Blood” also passed my key test as not just a reader but a writer: the story made me want to run to my own pen or keyboard to write. The stories are engaging but the writing is also a writer’s writer’s delight: the characterizations are not just deep but sumptuous, structures are not just innovative but fresh, and narratives are both finely detailed but interspersed with psychological caesuras for maximizing the reader’s inhabitance.”
Eileen Tabios, author of DoveLion

About the author:

LARA STAPLETON is the author of the short story collection, The Lowest Blue Flame Before Nothing (Aunt Lute), an Independent Booksellers’ Selection and a Pen Open Book Committee Selection. She is the recipient of a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant for Writers, a two-time winner of the University of Michigan’s Hopwood Award for Fiction and winner of the Columbia Journal Fiction Prize.

*Virtual book launch party on 10/19 at 5pm PST/8pm EST! Details here.