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Monday, March 1, 2021



Hay(na)ku Exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library
By the Filipino American Center, Third Floor
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
This is a reprise of the Hay(na)ku Exhibit Celebrating its 15th Year Anniversary; More information HERE.



Zoom-Based Conversation/Launch of DOVELION: A Fairy Tale for Our Times
April 3, 2010
10 a.m. PST (California) Time; 1 p.m. New York Time; 7 p.m. Paris & Budapest Time
Conversation Between Eileen R. Tabios and Reine Arcache Melvin, before opening up Conversation to Zoom participants
Sponsor/Host: AC Books

Reine Arcache Melvin had helped edit DOVELION, Eileen R. Tabios' first novel, as well as provided the following advance words:

Erotically charged and intellectual, entertaining, always surprising, this virtuoso novel seduces with its layers, its characters, and its wide-ranging reflections on art, poetry, history, politics, and desire. The story circles around Elena, orphaned as a child in (the fictional country of) Pacifica and sent to live in the United States, where, as a young woman, she repeatedly seeks out a stranger for domination/submission encounters. What secrets about her country and herself is she trying to uncover, and how are they linked to Ernst, her nonbinary lover? How does her story — and that of her father, her mother, her daughter and grandsons — reflect and change the history of her homeland? The novel is structured like indigenous myth, where past, present and future do not exist, and where everything is present at once and connected to each other: fairy tales, the struggle against a dictator, poetics, colonialism, motherhood, gender identity, sexual passion, romantic love, and even a recipe for adobo. Eileen R. Tabios uses her pen like Elena uses her whip, provoking tenderness through intense sensation as well as illumination through sensuality and a passionate, hungry mind. 

Reine Arcache Melvin, born and raised in Manila, is a Filipina-American writer and the author of A Normal Life and Other Stories and The Betrayed (Ateneo de Manila University Press). The Betrayed won both the National Book Award and the Palanca Grand Prize for the Novel. A Normal Life won the National Book Award for fiction, and was translated into French and published as Une Vie Normale (Esprit des Peninsules, Paris). She has an MFA in Writing and Literature from Warren Wilson. She received first prize in the Philippine Graphic Literary Awards and a Standard Chartered Bank fellowship to the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, and has been a participant and panelist at the Ubud Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf, the AWP Conference in the U.S., the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London), and other literary events and festivals. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary reviews and anthologies in the United States, France and the Philippines. She has worked as a journalist, translator and editor for various international publications, including the International Herald Tribune; co-edited literary reviews in New York and Paris; and edited an anthology of contemporary Philippine poetry. She lives in Paris.




Eileen Tabios @ Tenderloin Museum (Kelsey Street Press Reading)
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