Book Launching

Philippine PEN to launch Be Ye Steadfast, Poems of Carlomar Arcangel Daoana, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, and Allan Justo Pastrana

The Philippine PEN will host the launching of "Be Ye Steadfast. Poems of Carlomar Arcangel Daoana, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, and Allan Justo Pastrana" on 24 September 2016, Saturday, 5:00-7:00PM, at Solidaridad Bookshop, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila.

This collection is the eighth volume in Vagabond Press' Asia Pacific Poetry Series. It is edited and introduced by Dinah Roma, with cover art by Mark Andy Garcia. Vagabond, based in Tokyo and Sydney, is an independent literary publishing press which promotes new works by writers in Asia and the Pacific.

Daoana is the prize-winning author of four collections of poetry: "Loose Tongue, Poems: 2001-2013" (UST Publishing, 2014), "Clairvoyance" (UST Publishing, 2011), "The Fashionista's Book of Enlightenment" (DBW, 2009) and "Marginal Bliss" (University of the Philippines Press, 2002). He was awarded the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism by the Ateneo Art Awards in 2014. He writes a fortnight column in the Arts and Culture section of The Philippine Star.

Katigbak-Lacuesta is the prize-winning author of three books of poetry: "The Proxy Eros" (Anvil Publishing, 2008), "Burning Houses" (UST Publishing, 2013), and "Tropicalia: Poems and Translations" (in collaboration with Frances Cannon, Vagabond Press, 2016). She is the editor and co-creator of "Metro Serye," a fold-out zine featuring new writing and graphic art. She also co-edited a flash fiction anthology called "Fast Food Fiction Delivery: short short stories to go," in 2014.

Pastrana has his first book of poems entitled "Body Haul" (UST Publishing, 2011), which won the 2013 Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award.

Of these three poets, Roma writes in the introduction, "I am certain that in reading the enthralling poems of Carlomar, Mookie, and Allan—whether those readers be in Asia, Europe, North America, or elsewhere—they would find in them a rich evocation of the country and nation that is the Philippines. It is a geography and geographical construct that is as complex and slippery as the many distances traversed in the poems of places by Carlomar, of the intimate sphere that is all at once vulnerable and bracing as that of Mookie's, and the exacting intellectual ruminations of Allan."

The book launch is open to the public. Admission is free. For inquiries, please contact Solidaridad at (632) 2541086 or email philippinepen@yahoo.com.

 

Philippine PEN to launch Joel Pablo Salud's book of essays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Philippine Center of the International PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will launch Joel Pablo Salud's book of essays, "The Chief is in the House. My little journal of angst and peeves," on July 30, Saturday, 5 p.m., at the Solidaridad Bookshop, Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila.

Salud is acclaimed writer and journalist. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Philippines Graphic Magazine and a member of the Manila Critics Circle.

Published by the UST Publishing House, "Chief is in the House" is a collection of 50 essays that, according to the blurb, "displays a vast range of subjects—from the author's rambunctious world within the walls of the newsroom to controversies that hounded and continue to hound the country and the world at large. It's an experiment on humor, but one that puts context into what is otherwise needless verbiage."

This event is open to the public. Admission is free. For inquiries, please contact Solidaridad at (632) 2541086.

 

Philippine PEN will host the launch of "Lyrical Objects: New and Selected Poems" (UST Publishing, 2016) by Marne Kilates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philippine PEN will host the launch of "Lyrical Objects: New and Selected Poems" (UST Publishing, 2016) by Marne Kilates, on 27 Feb. 2016, Saturday, 5:00PM, at Solidaridad Bookshop, 531Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila. Open to the public. Admission is free.

 

PEN will launch Lakambini Sitoy's "Sweet Haven" (Anvil Publishing, 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally published in French as “Les Filles de Sweethaven,” “Sweet Haven” is Sitoy’s first novel and published in the Philippines by Anvil Publishing. It tells the story of how a woman’s dark past comes back to haunt her. Now based in Denmark where she’s a member of the Danish PEN, Sitoy is one of the Philippines’ most exc...iting contemporary voices in fiction. Her published works include the books “Mens Rea” (1998); “Jungle Planet” (2005); and “Sweet Haven” (France, 2011, and North America, 2014). Sitoy received the David T.K. Wong Fellowship from University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom in 2003. She was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2008, and has received a Manila Critics Circle National Book Award and numerous prizes in the annual Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. She holds an MA from Roskilde University in Denmark, where she resides and teaches English.

The booklaunch, which will be held on 30 January 2016, Saturday, at 5:00PM, is open to the public. Venue: Solidaridad Bookshop. Admission is free. For inquiries, please call Solidaridad at (632) 2541086. See More

 

Philippine PEN Journal | HEALING

The Healing PEN

AT A TIME WHEN year after year the country is battered by typhoons one more cruel than the previous, with floods, landslides, mudslides and storm surges, one wonders where or how the Filipino manages to get healed, spring back to life, and recover from the aftermath of death and calamity.

In this first issue of the Philippine PEN Journal, 22 members of the organization and a guest writer, through their poems, short stories and essays, point out or hint at sources of strength and resiliency, and wellspring of healing for the Filipino.

Philippine PEN Journal, edited by Herminio Beltran, Jr. was launched on the 57th Philippine PEN National Conference, December 2, 2014 at The Verdure, Multi-purpose Hall 5th Floor Henry Sy Sr. Hall, De la Salle University, Manila, Philippines.

Philippine PEN to hold book-club discussion on Dinah Roma’s third book of poetry

The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will launch and hold book-club discussion on award-winning poet Dinah Roma’s third book of poetry, “Naming the Ruins,” on 27 September 2014, Saturday, 5:00 pm, at Solidaridad Bookstore, 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila.

“Naming the Ruins” is published by Vagabond Press, an independent literary publishing press based in Tokyo and Sydney. It is part of Vagabond’s new Asia Pacific Writing Series which already includes three-poet volumes on China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Roma’s third collection is Vagabond Press’s first single-author book from the country. It was first launched in Sydney at Gleebooks on May 17. Roma also participated in two events at the Sydney Writers’ Festival which ran on May 19-25, 2014.

Roma is also the author of “A Feast of Origins” (2004) and “Geographies of Light” (2011), both published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. She is the Chair of De La Salle University Department of Literature.

Booklovers are welcome to the event. For inquiries, please call (632) 2541086, or email philippinepen@yahoo.com.

 

PEN to launch Lito Casaje's book of plays

THE PHILIPPINE CENTER of the International PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will hold a book-club discussion on writer-director Lito Casaje's collection of stage plays, "Mga Premyadong Dula," on Oct. 26, 5 p.m., at Solidaridad Bookstore, Padre Faura, Ermita, Manila.

Published by De La Salle University Publishing House, "Mga Premyadong Dula" collects Casaje's award-winning dramas, such as "Juan de la Cruz, New York" (about Filipino expats in Queens, New York, amid the HIV-AIDS outbreak and rallies against Marcos in 1984); "Editoryal" (set in Tagum, Davao, in 1985 and deals with the killing of crusading journalists); "Separasyon" (a feminist play whose original production starred Eugene Domingo); "Matrimonyal" (about an estranged couple); and "Padre de Familia" (an experimental play within a play).

The book-club discussion is open to the public. Call 2541068.

PEN to launch new Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta poetry book

The Philippine Center of the International PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will launch Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta's second poetry collection, "Burning Houses," on Sept. 28, 5 p.m., at the Solidaridad Bookstore, Ermita. Manila.

Published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, "Burning Houses" is the follow-up to "The Proxy Eros," the celebrated first collection of Katigbak's sensuous poetry published by Anvil Publishing.

Lawrence Ypil says of the new book: "Tradition is not written again but through. In this way is this book both elegy and praise."

Meanwhile, Luisa Igloria says, "In Burning Houses . . . , the poet continues the exploration of those themes which she first took up in 'The Proxy Eros': the lives of the body in love, in relationship with self and/ or other. In this new work, however, the poet's voice has acquired more complex richness, a resonance made possible by her willingness to deeply live the questions that language details."

The book launch is open to the public. Call Call 2541068.

PEN to launch Fe Aldave Yap's 'Global Filipino'

THE PHILIPPINE Center of the International PEN (Poets & Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will launch Fe Aldave Yap's "Global Filipino: Crossing Borders" on Aug. 31, 5 p.m., at the Solidaridad Bookstore, Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila.

Published by De la Salle University Publishing House, "Global Filipino" collects Aldave Yap's essays on Philippine languages and nationhood, language education in a multilingual context, literature and translation, culture and globalization, orthography, and coming up with a global dictionary.

PEN is holding book-club discussion on Aldave-Yap's book in connection with August as Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month).

Linguist, writer and teacher, Aldave Yap is former director general and commissioner of the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino. She is president of the University of Santo Tomas College of Education Alumni Association, Inc. and is the recipient of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award.

The public is invited. Call 2541068.

PEN launches Ferdinand Blumentritt and the Philippines: Insights and Lessons for Contemporary Philippine Studies by Feorillo P. A. Demeterio III

Philippine PEN will launch Ferdinand Blumentritt and the Philippines: Insights and Lessons for Contemporary Philippine Studies by Feorillo P. A. Demeterio III on 27 July 2013, Saturday, 5:00 pm at Solidaridad Bookshop, Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila.

This publication, by De La Salle University Publishing House and the Austrian Embassy Manila, commemorates the centenary of the death of Blumentritt (1853-1913), known hitherto for his friendship and correspondence with National Hero José Rizal.

The book reveals and explores another facet of Blumentritt, that of an exceptional scholar of Philippine history and culture, and a political critic especially of Spanish and US colonialisms. In the introduction, Demeterio asserts that the book “reconstructs the intellectual stature of Blumentritt by positioning him as a milestone in Philippine studies, a discourse which until now is still trying to soul search for its methodical and ideological niche in the sphere of local knowledge production.” It presents an intellectual biography of Blumentritt, his writings, and Demeterio’s astute insights and “lessons” for contemporary Philippines studies.

Demeterio is full professor of Filipino and director of the College of Liberal Arts Research and Advanced Studies at DLSU. He is the author of the book Ang Ideolohiyang Politikal ng Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines: Isang Pag-aaral sa mga Piling Pahayag mula sa Limang Panahon ng Kontemporaryong Eklesiastiko-Politikal na Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas (DLSU Publishing, 2012). His essays on hermeneutics, philosophy, Philippine history and cultural studies have appeared in various local and international journals.

The book launching is open to the public. The author will be present to talk about the book and to personalize your copy. For inquiry, please call Solidaridad Bookstore (632) 2541086.