Maxine Hong Kingston to Read at Stanford

Jan 27 (Wednesday), 7 pm

Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall

424 Santa Teresa Street

The Program in Feminist Studies proudly welcomes Maxine Hong Kingston to Stanford University for a reading of her work.

Click on this for directions to the Stanford Humanities Center.

Outstanding Woman

Marie Romero of Arkipelago Books, San Francisco

Last Saturday was the Growing Up Filipino, vol. 2 reading at the Bayanihan Community Center.

First, self would like to say that the Center is the heart of Filipino culture, a beautiful space that has hosted plays, readings, musical performances, most of them organized by Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) and/or KulArts.

One day last year, Mayor Gavin Newsom stood kibitzing in the back (self nearly fainted).

Harold Augenbraum read there when he was touring for his translation of Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere.

Self’s play-in-progress, In Which Menchit Attempts to Improve Her Fortune, was given its first staged reading there, in October 2008.  What a kick that was!  (Appropriately, the name KulArts gave to the event was “Butterfly Kicks:  A Weekend of Works in Progress”,  and the other playwrights whose works were being staged that weekend were Josef Anolin and Allan Manalo)

What makes the Bayanihan Community Center so wonderful is that it also houses one of San Francisco’s true gems, Arkipelago Bookstore.  Owned and operated by Marie Romero, this bookstore is a treasure trove of Filipino history books, Filipino cookbooks, Filipino poets, Filipino novelists  —  even Filipino barongs and ternos!  Last Saturday, among the books that caught self’s eye was a book called Kapihan.  Of course, it was all about Philippine coffee (another unsung treasure).  Self, upon learning that Marie was going to the Philippines next month, urged her to get in touch with self’s brother, who has his own coffee business.

There was also a World War II book which mentioned hubby’s grandfather (though it referred to him as a colonel when in point of fact he ended World War II as a brigadier general:  he organized the rear guard action during the army’s retreat to Corregidor).

Self ended up buying a book called Empire:  How Spain Became a World Power (as she is so fond of her current reading, Tacitus’ The Annals of the Roman Empire, and is just ga-ga over historical books in general)

Where would the Filipino community be without this space, and without Arkipelago Books?  Our culture would be so deprived.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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