Killing Christmas with an Alt-Right Play
Last night, trying to salvage our train-wreck of a holiday season, I took my family to watch a duet of David Sedaris plays at Ocean Beach Playhouse. This turned out to be nearly as bad as losing my car keys. Now that Christmas is ruined, I’m skipping straight to New Year’s resolutions, and my first…
The Mango Bride joins the Cool Novels Club!
Finally, something for which to be grateful: The Mango Bride made it into Literary Hub’s list of novels about the immigrant experience in America. Honored to be mentioned in a group that includes Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah! 10 Contemporary Novels About the Immigrant Experience in America
Break the Silence on Domestic Violence
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. High time we break the silence on domestic violence: http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/…/cario-brutal-plain-talk…
Filipino American History Month hits Hollywood!
Mail Order Brides aren’t a Punchline!
After spending 4 days in Anchorage talking about domestic violence in immigrant communities, I came home to the news that NBC’s new sitcom “Mail Order Family” is based on the “comedic” premise of a Filipina Mail Order Bride moving to America to marry an American widower. This is beyond obscene. Please don’t allow this show…
Blending the Other Into Dialogue
This a preview — a literary trailer, if you will — of the workshop I’m teaching at the Alaska Writer’s Guild conference, the first of 5 events I’ll be speaking at over 6 days in Anchorage: http://49writers.blogspot.com/2016/09/marivi-soliven-dialog.html
The Mango Bride Lands in Alaska
Looking forward to introducing The Mango Bride to the folks at University of Alaska. Join us for a frank discussion about domestic violence in immigrant communities and the Saving Beverly Campaign.
Señora Concha Lives to Bitch Again
One of my favorite chapters from The Mango Bride was sadly discarded during the editing process. Now I am happy to see it’s found a home in this newly-released poetry and prose anthology on the Filipino Elite. You may purchase copies at the link below: Elite: An Anthology
Several months ago, Amanda, who works at Bethany Beach Books in Delaware, emailed to ask if I would send them over a hundred autographed book plates and book markers. She and the staff had chosen The Mango Bride as their January selection for their book club subscribers, who, she explained, loved getting author swag. Given the…
Spew a little Holiday Cheer
There is no better way to get into the Holiday spirit than to grow misty eyed watching Love Actually as you trim the Christmas tree, and then have the cat throw up all the plastic pine needles he’s eaten in the farthest corner behind it.