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Filipino American Writers and their New Novels

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When May 02, 2011
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Royce 314
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Contact Phone 310-206-9163
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Filipino New Novels

Filipino American Writers and their New Novels: 
Jessica Hagedorn and R. Zamora Linmark

 
These two writers will present excerpts from their new works. They are two of the most read writers in the field of feminism, sexuality, Asian American, Filipino, postcolonial literature. This literary event is unique in that two leading queer, feminist, postcolonial writers have agreed to share the stage in presenting their new novels. 

DATE: Monday, May 2
TIME: 6 to 8pm
PLACE: Royce 314
ORGANIZED BY: Asian American Studies Department
COSPONSORS: Department of Asian American Studies, Mellon Foundation's Transnational Studies, and the UCLA Center for the Study of Women

R. Zamora Linmark is the author of a novel, Rolling the R's (1995), which he later adapted it for the stage. He has also produced two collections of poetry: Prime Time Apparitions (2005) and The Evolution of a Sigh (2008).Linmark's much awaited second novel follows the life of a queer Filipino who grew up in Hawai'i, who finds himself visiting the Philippines as an adult for the first time since his family immigrated. His new novel is entitled Leche.

About Leche:
After thirteen years of living in the U.S., Vince returns to his birthplace, the Philippines. As Vince ventures into the heat and chaos of the city, he encounters a motley cast of characters, including a renegade nun, a political film director, arrogant hustlers, and the country’s spotlight-driven First Daughter.  Haunted by his childhood memories and a troubled family history, Vince unravels the turmoil, beauty, and despair of a life caught between a fractured past and a precarious future.  Witty and mesmerizing, Leche explores the complex colonial and cultural history of the Philippines and the paradoxes inherent in the search for both personal and national identities. 

Jessica Hagedorn is the author of Dream Jungle, The Gangster Of Love, and Dogeaters, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She is also the author of Danger And Beauty, a collection of poetry and prose, and the editor of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home In The World. Her new novel, Toxicology, is forthcoming from Viking Penguin.It is set post-9/11, exploring relationships that have exploded in this post-9/11 era. Characters include queer women. 

On Toxicology:
Toxicology, revolves around two women who are neighbors in Manhattan’s West Village—Mimi, a filmmaker whose only screen credit is a notorious low-budget “slasher” movie, and who is on the prowl for inspiration and new material, and Eleanor, a reclusive, legendary writer of experimental erotic novels, who is close to eighty-years-old and addicted to cocaine and alcohol. Mimi and Eleanor’s worlds collide in unexpected ways as Eleanor grieves over the loss of her lover, the renowned painter Yvonne Wilder, and as Mimi confronts the challenges presented by the inexplicable vanishing of her drug-dealing boyfriend, Bobby. We also meet Mimi’s recently clean and rather out-of-it brother Carmelo, as well as her estranged and rebellious teenage daughter Violet. Casting an inexplicably dark cloud over everyone’s lives is the ghost of Agnes—an “illegal” and cousin of Mimi’s who might have been murdered by her New Jersey employers.  A bold, playful, and touching novel about the connection between creativity and self-destruction, Toxicology marks the welcome return of an original and compelling voice in American fiction.

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