“A true celebration of Filipino-American life … Tanamor’s book will dance its way into readers’ hearts.” — Erin Entrada Kelly, NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author of HELLO UNIVERSE, winner of the 2018 Newbery Medal
We are excited to announce Jason Tanamor in conversation with Tracy Badua, author of FREDDIE VS. THE FAMILY CURSE. Come celebrate Filipino fiction and support Fil-Am authors during these exciting releases. Join us virtually for the first portion of the event. If you are in the Portland area, join us in person for the after-party at Portland State University in the Fariborz Maseeh Hall (FMH) building, room 204 at 6:00 p.m.
Jason Tanamor’s debut YA title, LOVE, DANCE & EGG ROLLS, places Filipino culture and folk dancing front and center in a high school drama about finding identity during racial tensions in America.
Jamie Santiago loves dancing Tinikling, a Filipino tradition that he doesn’t always share with his white friends and classmates. It’s hard enough balancing the demands of high school life, but with rising protests in Portland and a racist bully making his life miserable, Jamie can’t help but hide his Filipino side altogether. When Jamie finds out that the last ever Asian Folk Festival falls on the same day as Homecoming, he must decide whether his girlfriend and best friends are more important than his love of dancing. Filipino tradition can take a back seat, or can it?
Mark your calendars for an event you won’t want to miss. Mabuhay!
“When a collective silence is broken, thunder. “Short, Vigorous Roots” is beautiful, necessary thunder. A collection that takes and gives breath.” — Junot Díaz, author of “Drown,” “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” and “This Is How You Lose Her”
SHORT, VIGOROUS ROOTS by co-editors Mark Budman and Susan O’Neill blurs the line between imagination and reality, showcasing 40 poignant pieces by first- and second-generation immigrant authors.
Join Ooligan Press and The BOOKtique for a virtual celebration of the launch of the book. The event will include a feature presentation showcasing author readings and reflections from contributing authors A. Molotkov, Nancy Au, Nina Kossman, and many more. A Q&A session with the editors will wrap up the evening.
Mark your calendars, and plan to sip on your favorite cold-weather drink as we gather to celebrate the humanity of this group of creators and launch this important new book into the world. You won’t want to miss it!
This year’s Portland Book Festival will present virtual programming, brought to you by Bank of America, the week of November 8–12, 2021, and in-person events on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Portland Art Museum and Portland’5, as well as virtual and in-person writing workshops at our downtown Literary Arts space.