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10/17/2011: Edwin Lozada and Oscar Peñaranda at Daly City Public Library

Press Release

Celebrating Filipino-American History with Two Fil-American Writers

Be inspired by the rich traditions of the Philippines! Celebrate Filipino American History Month at the Daly City Public Library.

Authors Edwin A. Lozada and Oscar Peñaranda will speak at the Serramonte Library about their books, poetry, and Filipino-American history. Families and young adults can participate in a lively discussion moderated by Liza Marie S. Erpelo, Associate Professor of Language Arts and Coordinator of the Kababayan Program at Skyline College. This event will be on October 17th at the Serramonte Library, 40 Wembley Drive, Daly City at 6:30 pm.

Oscar Peñaranda left the Philippines at the age of 12, spent his adolescent years in Vancouver, Canada, and moved to San Francisco when he was 17. His award-winning Full Deck (Jokers Playing) is a lyrical testimonial of the poet’s working in the fields of California and the canneries of Alaska. Seasons by the Bay, a collection of stories about Filipinos’ existence in America, was given a best fiction citation by the Global Filipino Literary Awards in 2004, the same award given by the Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA) the following year. Oscar, the first president of the East Bay Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), is a retired teacher, having taught at San Francisco State University, Everett Middle School and Logan High School.

Edwin A Lozada was born in the Philippines and grew up in California. Inspired by the nineteenth century Filipino writers, he primarily writes in Spanish to help maintain a now rare tradition of literature in Spanish by Filipinos. He was a recipient of a San Francisco Individual Artist Commissions grant in literary arts, published two books of poetry, Sueños anónimos/Anonymous Dreams, and Bosquejos (and a bilingual translation Bosquejos/Sketches). He is the editor of Field of Mirrors, an anthology of Philippine American Writers (2007), and Remembering Rizal, Voices from the Diaspora (2011), a collection of poetry, articles, and essays in honor of the150th birth anniversary of the Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal. He presently lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area and is president of Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc.

This program is sponsored by the Daly City Public Library in partnership with the Literary Initiatives International Foundation (LIIF), the leading organizer of the first Filipino-American International Book Festival held earlier this month. For questions, please call Chela Anderson at (650) 991-8029 or Bess Calpotura at besscalpo@comcast.net.

Also, families with young children interested in exploring Filipino-American heritage can enjoy special story times celebrating Filipino American History Month at the Daly City Public Library:

* Tuesday, October 18th at 1:15 p.m. – Serramonte Library, 40 Wembley Drive (ages 0 – 5)

* Thursday, October 20th at 10:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. – Westlake Library, 275 Southgate Ave (ages 0 – 5)

* Wednesday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m. – John D. Daly Library, 134 Hillside Blvd (ages 3 – 8 )

For more information, contact Karen Engle at (650) 991-8023.

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