10 authors to sign books at Sept. 7-8 arts festival

Ten authors will be signing their books during the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) at Point Fermin, San Pedro on the weekend of Sept 7 and 8.

This will be the 22nd annual festival organized by FilAmArts, the premier arts organization of the Filipino American community of Los Angeles. Philippine Expressions Bookshop, now on its 29th year of operation as a Filipiniana book specialist will sponsor the book signing which will be held at their booths at the festival.

The authors who will be signing their book on specific dates and time are:

Saturday, Sept 7. 12:00noon – 2:00pm.

Marvin Gapultos, author of “The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey – from Food Blog to Food Truck, and Beyond”

Leslie Ryan, author of “I Am Flippish,” a children’s book that highlights the multicultural heritage of her two children who are of Filipino and Irish parentage.

Giovanni Ortega, author of “Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio,” a collection of prose and poetry. Ortega is a poet, playwright and performer and has performed his poetry all over the U.S.

From 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Leslie Ryan will again sign her book, and tentatively, with Marvin Gapultos. Myrna de la Paz aka as Myrna Mulhern, author of “Abadeha: Philippine Cinderella” has also been invited to sign from 2-4pm on Saturday.

Sunday, September 8
12:00noon – 2:00pm.

Jay Wertz, who is an American chronicler of World War ll will join the FilAm authors and will sign his two books, “The Pacific: War Stories. WWll Firshand, Vol. l: Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal,” which includes accounts of the Filipino participation in WWll and his recent book, “The Pacific: War Stories. WWll Firsthand Vol. Two. The Solomons to Saipan.” Both titles were published by Weider History Publications, Virginia.

Albert J. Mortiz, author of “Discover the Philippines Cookbook.”

Judy Patacsil, author of “Filipinos in San Diego.” She is a tenured professor at Miramar College, San Diego, a second generation FilAm and a Trustee of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS).

Patricia Justiniani McReynolds, author of “Almost Americans: A Quest for Dignity. An American Memoir.”
Her father was Filipino who married a Norwegian-born woman and as a child, McReynolds suffered the stings of prejudice while helping her parents negotiate the shoals of racism.

All the above authors will continue to sign their books from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

3 books
Sunday, Sept 8, 2012

1:00pm – 4:00pm
Sumi Sevilla Haru, author of “Iron Lotus: Memoirs.” For 40 years, Haru had advocated for the rights of people of color, women and for realistic images of Asian Pacific Americans in the media. She was a national vice-president of the AFL-CIO.

2:00pm -4:00pm
Carina Monica Montoya, aka Carina Forsythe will sign her latest book, “A Rose and a Butterfly: An Autobiography of an Immigrant’s Daughter.” Montoya shares the story of her life as a second generation FilAm born and raised in Los Angeles, who is “too brown to be “white” and “too white-washed to be ‘brown.’” She is also the author of four other books: “Filipinos in Hollywood, Los Angeles’s Historic Filipinotown,” “Let’s Cook Adobo,” a juvenile book and Santa Maria Valley which includes accounts of Filipinos in the area. The last title was co-authored by the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society.

Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, author of “Little Manila Is In The Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California” was also scheduled to sign her latest book at the festival but will be unable to come because of illness. Mabalon’s first book is “Filipinos in Stockton” which is still in print.

For the last 22 years, Philippine Expressions Bookshop has been sponsoring book signings at their booth at the Festival. This is an ongoing outreach program in order to help develop the interest of Filipino Americans for books written by authors of Filipino ancestry.

Call 310-514-9139 or email linda@philippineexpressionsbookshop.com for more details on the event.

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