Filipino American Literary Symposium This Saturday, 26 February 2011

How is a Symposium different from a Conference?  Self isn’t sure.

All she knows is:  it is FREEZING in self’s house here in Redwood City, probably a result of the 70-year-old floor heater (Self learned from the real estate agent who helped with the purchase that this house was built in 1939.  A certified antique!  Just like self!) having given up the ghost.  Self knows just what hubby will say:  We have no money!  Double up on your sweaters! Okey-dokey!

Here’s about the symposium, which Karen Llagas and Edwin Lozada helped organize.  Karen, aside from being a fab poet, has energy to the nth power.  If only self could bottle a little of that, for the days when she is shivering at her computer.  Edwin teaches at Woodside High School, apart from writing poetry and organizing and doing a gazillion other community-related work!


Saturday, 26 February 2011, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Union Center, San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco

Workshops open to all.

Costs for the whole day (sliding scale):

Students:  $25 – $30
General:  $35 – $40

Writing Workshops will be led by the following:

  • Randall Mann, Poetry
  • Barbara Jane Reyes, Poetry
  • Tony Robles, Short Story
  • Oscar Peñaranda, Short Story
  • Anthem Salgado, Blogging
  • Janet Mendoza Stickmon, Memoir
  • Allan Manalo, Playwriting

For more information and to register visit: or email:
Edwin Lozada:

Latest Book Deals Announced in Publisher’s Lunch Weekly, 23 February 2011

Latest deal announcements from Publishers Weekly :


  • Carol Rifka Brunt’s Tell the Wolves I’m Home, “the story of an unlikely friendship between two lost souls —  a lonely fourteen-year-old girl and the stranger who appears at her late uncle’s funeral —  and the ways in which their lives become intertwined as they each try to come to terms with their grief,” to Dial Press, at auction.


  • Lyndsay Faye’s The God of Gotham, “taking place in the summer of 1845, when the NYPD was founded and the Great Potato Famine hit Ireland, and how the two intersect when a reluctant young police officer must track down a brutal serial killer seemingly hell bent on fanning the flames of anti-Irish immigrant sentiment; and a second book in a continuing series,” to Amy Einhorn Books, at auction
  • Kristen den Hartog’s The Girl Giant, “part coming of age story, part portrait of a marriage, set just after World War II about a child giant whose affliction gives her the mysterious ability to see into the emotional secrets of her family’s past and present (also being published in Canada in April 2011 by Freehand Books under the title And Me Among Them), to Simon & Schuster for publication in Spring 2012


  • Actress Tatum O’Neal’s memoir Found:  A Daughter’s Journey Home, “a follow-up to her 2004 New York Times-bestselling memoir A Paper Life, part memoir, part Hollywood tell-all, part personal journey, a story of recovery and forgiveness, now sober following a drug arrest two and a half years ago, and an inspiring story of reconciliation between between beloved, albeit damaged, family members,” to William Morrow, for publication in June 2011

There were other fascinating deal announcements, such as first-time novelist Rhonda Riley’s Adam Hope, the “story of a young woman in Appalachia at the end of World War II, who is sent off to manage her aunt’s farm and discovers a mysterious stranger in the red clay mud, and begins a lifelong love affair” but, alas, self has to get started on giving on-line writing students feedback on their first writing assignments.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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