Signage: The Writing Center

What self saw scrawled in blue on the blackboard when she arrived at The Writing Center:

“I hadn’t completed my draft; therefore, I saw no point in going to class.”

Self would consider that an excellent sentence. What say you, dear blog readers?  So terse, yet so communicative.  And so completely honest.

Stay tuned.

Hey World, Zack Is Launching LECHE!

Zack in Pensive Mode

Self likes that picture, Zack.  Wow.

Here’s a review of Leche (Coffee House Press, May 2011) from Booklist:

Linmark delivers a harrowing tale of love, family, and cultural bewilderment, a sardonically funny and vibrant novel about one man’s journey to his past.  After winning a contest that grants him a VIP pass to the Philippine version of a Hollywood party, 23-year-old Filipino American Vince returns to his native country after living in Hawaii for 13 years.  But from the moment he first encounters the dreadful traffic, oppressive heat, and sheer chaos that make up life in Manila, Vince isn’t sure he’s ready to be back.  He quickly falls for Dante, a cab driver with a wife and three kids, and encounters an activist-actress nun, a celebrated filmmaker, and the country’s First Daughter.  Comprised of memories, irreverent tourist tips (“Three out of five Filipinos fall in —  and out of —  love every day”), scripts, picture postcards, bits of Philippine history, and dreams, Linmark’s novel reads like a bittersweet love letter to a vast and perplexing nation.  This is a story of heritage, sexuality, and self-discovery that is as riveting as its locale is complex.

Rave, rave, rave.

Self understands that the San Francisco book launch (details forthcoming, but it’s in late April) will feature Joel Tan reading excerpts from Leche with his inimitable Joel-Tan-Flair (Joel should take out a patent, self can’t get over his rollicking and impish X-rated off-the-cuff remarks that still can make her BLUSH.  Yes, you read that right, dear blog readers:  B-L-U-S-H) , and Wilma Consul impersonating Kris Aquino.

Here are the book launch particulars:

    Thursday, April 28
    7 p.m.
    Manilatown Heritage Center
    868 Kearney Street, San Francisco

Self promised hubby there would be lots of free drinks, so of course he consented to go.

Stay tuned.

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