Flesh & Blood Book Party for TRoE!

It’s a Flesh and Blood book party!
October 22, 7:00PM Eastern
VON 3 Bleecker @ Bowery NYC

in celebration of the release of Lara Stapleton’s THE RUIN OF EVERYTHING!

Also featuring:

Ligaya Mishan, writer for The New York Times and T Magazine, and co-author with Chef Angela Dimayuga, of Filipinx: Heritage Recipes from the Diaspora


Nerissa S. Balce, Asian American Studies scholar and author of Body Parts of Empire

Reader review of The Ruin of Everything

Do you look for faces of people you know when you read? Or do you meander and pause in amusement when you recognize a face in a different name? Do you look for yourself?

This collection of short stories by Stapleton — her second — offers more than a dozen characters at the center and in peripherals who are at once distant and familiar. But the center, which often cannot hold, shifts constantly. There are hipsters and hitchers, blesseds and bastards, stars and solitaries, nurturing traumas and aspirations, regrets and redemptions.

Stapleton often eschews the traditional arc of storytelling. Some read like expanded character sketches, though the story is IN the characters. This is not to say the narratives lack emotions — they are embedded in each character, affirmed or denied by their respective coteries. After all, aren’t we the sum of all lives we touched and denied?

Stapleton reminds us that though sometimes each of us may be an island, we are only part and parcel of an archipelago. And if it’s true that it takes a village to raise a child, the same is true in creating a ruin.

—Victor Velasco

Lara Stapleton’s new website!

Lara Stapleton, photo credit: Renee Rogoff

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!

The Ruin Conversation at KGB Bar on 11/4!

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 on 10/19!

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


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!).”