We're pleased to welcome Gina Apostol back to our At Home with Literati Series in support of Bibliolepsy. She'll be joined in conversation by R. Zamora Linmark.
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About the book: Gina Apostol’s debut novel, available for the first time in the US, tells of a young woman caught between a lifelong desire to escape into books and a real-world revolution.
It is the mid-eighties, two decades into the kleptocratic, brutal rule of Ferdinand Marcos. The Philippine economy is in a deep recession, and civil unrest is growing by the day. But Primi Peregrino has her own priorities: tracking down books and pursuing romantic connections with their authors.
For Primi, the nascent revolution means that writers are gathering more often, and with greater urgency, so that every poetry reading she attends presents a veritable “Justice League” of authors for her to choose among. As the Marcos dictatorship stands poised to topple, Primi remains true to her fantasy: that she, “a vagabond from history, a runaway from time,” can be saved by sex, love, and books.
Gina Apostol is the author of Insurrecto and the PEN Open Book Award–winner Gun Dealers' Daughter, as well as a two-time winner of the National Book Award in the Philippines for her novels Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and journals including The Gettysburg Review and the Penguin anthology of Asian American fiction, Charlie Chan Is Dead, Volume 2.
R. Zamora Linmark's most recent novel is The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart. Currently the writer-in-residence at Phillips Academy in Andover, he has just completed, as editor, No Talk Li'Dat, an anthology of stories and poems in Pidgin, or Hawai'i Creole English and a novel, And The Winner Is...