Bound by Hxstory: Insurrecto and other stories

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Join us for a reading in celebration of Gina Apostol’s critically-acclaimed new novel Insurrecto - one of Publisher Weekly’s best books of 2018, “witty and stylish” according to NPR, and a “bravura performance” proclaimed the NY Times and Asian Review of books - following the journey of two women, an American filmmaker and Filipino translator, and their dueling accounts of a dark and forgotten massacre in Samar during the Philippine-American War. This special afternoon highlights stories located in the heart of the Philippines and the United States, illustrating the often untold and intertwined histories of both nations. Gina Apostol will be joined by Bay Area-based Elaine Castillo who will read from her novel America is Not the Heart. Apostol and Castillo will be in conversation following the readings. 

Before Gina Apostol's fourth novel, Insurrecto, hit the shelves, Publishers' Weekly named it one of the Ten Best Books of 2018. Insurrecto was also named Buzzfeed's Best Books of 2018 and Autostraddle's 50 Best Feminist Books of 2018, among many other Best Lists. Her third book, Gun Dealers' Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Philippines. She teaches at the Fieldston School in New York City.

Elaine Castillo was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Comparative Literature. She is a Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation Fellow, and her writing can be found in Freeman’sLit HubThe RumpusTaste MagazineBon AppetitElectric Literature and elsewhere. Her short film, A Mukbang, was commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Open Space. America Is Not the Heart is her first novel and has been nominated for the Elle Award, the Center for Fiction Prize, the Aspen Words Prize, and the Northern California Independent Booksellers Book Award.


Note: This event will be taking place at a location outside the San Francisco network of public libraries. For questions concerning the event, please contact the hosting library: Public Knowledge Branch (SFMOMA).

Sponsored by the Filipino American Center.

This is a Reading, Writing & Poetry program from SFPL. We love reading/sharing/creating words.

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