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Explore Filipino-American History with Oscar Peñaranda and Edwin A. Lozada

Explore Filipino-American History with Oscar Peñaranda and Edwin A. Lozada

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

Monday night, October 17, 2011, authors Edwin A Lozada and Oscar Peñaranda will be speaking at the Serramonte library about their books, poetry, and the history of Filipino-American culture. Families and young adults will have an opportunity to 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.

Oscar Peñaranda left the Philippines at the age of 12, spent his adolescent years in Vancouver, Canada, and moved to San Francisco at 17. He is the author of the award-winning Full Deck (Jokers Playing), a collection of poetry, and Seasons by the Bay, a collection of stories awarded the best fiction of 2004 citation from the Global Filipino Literary Awards, and the award for fiction from PAWA (Philippine American Writers and Artists) for 2005.

Edwin A Lozada was born in the Philippines and grew up in California. Inspired by the nineteenth century Philippine writers, he primarily writes in Spanish to help maintain a now rare tradition of literature in Spanish by Filipinos. He has been the recipient of a San Francisco Individual Artist Commissions grant in literary arts, published two books of poetry, Sueños anónimos/Anonymous Dreams, and Bosquejos, which was also published in the bilingual edition Bosquejos/Sketches in 2003. He is the editor of Field of Mirrors, an anthology of Phillipine American Writers, and Remembering Rizal, Voices from the Diaspora, in which Filipinos in the U.S., South America, and the Philippines honor the 150th birth anniversary of Jose Rizal through their poetry, plays, essays, articles and artwork - along with a selection of Rizal’s writings in the original language in which he wrote with new translations. He presently lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area and is president of Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc.

The conversation takes place at 6:30pm on October 17th at the Serramonte Library, 40 Wembley Drive in Daly City. For questions, please call (650) 991-8023.

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Families with young children interested in exploring Filipino-American heritage can also enjoy special storytimes celebrating Filipino American History Month at the Daly City Library:

* Tuesday, October 18th at 1:15 PM - Serramonte Library, 40 Wembley Drive (ages 0 - 5)

* Thursday, October 20th at 10:15 AM and 1:15 PM - Westlake Library, 275 Southgate Ave (ages 0 - 5)

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