Hello media folk, thanks for stopping in. This is where you can access links to an excerpt of The Mango Bride, a synopsis of the novel and author’s bio as well as interviews featured in online magazines. Consider this your digital press kit. Articles about the novel itself may be found on the Reviews page. If you decide to use any of the information accessed through this page on your websites or print articles, kindly include a link back to http://marivisoliven.com. Happy reading!

Please visit the link below for a synopsis and author’s bio.



HuffPost Live Host Nancy Redd discussed domestic violence in immigrant communities, a topic that’s received more attention since the publication of my book.

HuffPost Live Host Nancy Redd

HuffPost Live Host Nancy Redd

Watch it by clicking on this link: http://huff.lv/1sDjYkw


Alvin Ramirez and I talk about The Mango Bride, the Filipino immigrant community and why we are more than the sum of pansit, lumpia and Manny Pacquiao  on this podcast.  Listen to it by clicking on the link below:



photo credit : hedgebrook.org

photo credit : hedgebrook.org

I had the distinct honor of being interviewed by Hedgebrook External Relations Director Louise McKay on my advocacy work for survivors of domestic violence. Read it by clicking on the link below:



Connie Martinson taped this interview for her show, Connie  Martinson Talks Books last April.  Watch it by clicking on the link below:


Photo credit: Experpento and Nancy H. Kwak

Photo credit: Experpento and Nancy H. Kwak

If you can read Spanish, please visit the link below to see an interview conducted by the Spanish journal Experpento:



The Asia Society featured an online interview conducted by Online Editor and Public Programs Contributor Justin McDonnell.  Read the conversation by clicking on the link below:



Emmy-Award-winning Broadcast Journalist Troy Espera brought Alec Baldwin, David Letterman, an immigration lawyer and The Mango Bride into this thought-provoking news clip that aired on The Filipino Channel on May 28, 2013. View the clip by clicking on the link below:


An excerpt from The Mango Bride published in Cebu Smile, in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Airways can be read at the link below:



The accompanying interview featured in Cebu Smile is accessed through this link:



Sarika Mehta led the  conversation on mail order brides, the Filipino diaspora and The Mango Bride on her  radio talk  show Between the Covers on KBOO.fm  Listen to the podcast of that interview by clicking on the link below:



Seattle’s International Examiner published an article on The Mango Bride that can be accessed by clicking on this link:



 Adobo Nation  TV aired this segment on The Mango Bride to supplement  Troy Espera’s  first story on mail order brides. Watch it by visiting this link:


Blogger Ron Reads conducted this interview before the Author Q & A and booksigning event at National Book Store in Glorietta. Read the full article at this link:

GMA News featured an article by Xianne Arcangel,  following a staged reading of scenes from The Mango Bride at Sev’s Café on August 8, 2013:



Marlu Villanueva Balmaceda wrote this article for Business World.  View it at the link below:



The Mango Bride gets a shot of testosterone with an article  by Tara Sering featured in the August Issue of Esquire Philippines:



A chat with San Diego Writers Ink Programming Coordinator Kristin Fogle about the path to publication is found at this link:



Janelle  So  interviewed me  on her show  Kababayan LA . View the  show on this link:


A spot.ph interview tackling mail order brides and the Filipino diaspora, is found via the link below:


GMA News featured this interview in their Literature page:



A brief interview in  the Galing Pinoy section of  The Asian Journal may be read by visiting the link below:


‘Daig mo pa ang telenovela’ award and more for the best books in 2013

GMA news online put The Mango Bride on its list of Good Reads for 2013 too:



The Mango Bride also made it into the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s list of Top Ten Books of 2013:

Girlie Rodis featured  this article on the Asia Society/National Book Store-sponsored event at the Writers Bar in Raffles Makati:



Ruel de Vera followed up his early review of The Mango Bride with this interview in the Philippine Daily Inquirer:
Read more: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/117061/marivi-soliven-her-penguin-random-house-novel-beats-any-dishy-telenovela-any-time#ixzz2aTe4tCUR

A press release on the October 9 reading at the Philippine Center in New York can be seen at the link below:


NY press release pic


The Mango Bride tops the list of National Book Store’s (NBS) recommended books, featured in The Philippine Star :



Blooey Singson chatted with me in Manila last August, then heroically transcribed and posted virtually the entire conversation on her blog.    I clearly rambled nonstop for what seems like hours. Read it by clicking on the link below:



Asia Society Philippines offered a write up of the July 29, 2013 reading at Raffles Hotel, Makati. Read it by clicking on the link below:


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