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A space to encourage writing of Filipino American literature and the arts



Philippine American Writers and Artists blog for lit/arts events, reviews, news, and opportunities.

07/19/2011: Peter Bacho at Bainbridge Public Library


July 19, 2011Peter Bacho: Creating the Star: How an Interesting Protagonist Can Survive a Conventional Plot

What is the best way to build a more fully developed protagonist? Developing a complex protagonist has at least two positive results; such a character is more likely to keep and hold a reader's interest; and, for writers, a complex protagonist opens up plotting possibilities that would not have existed with a one-dimensional character.

Author Peter Bacho is best known for his book Cebu (1991), which won the American Book Award and is considered significant among Filipino-American literature because of its explorations of themes such as neocolonialism and Filipino-American identity. Bacho received the Washington Governor's Writers Award for Dark Blue Suit, a collection of short stories published in 1996. He teaches in the Liberal Studies Program at The Evergreen State College, Tacoma Campus, and is a lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Bacho's latest book, Leaving Yesler, is a young adult novel published in 2010. He is also the author of one nonfiction book, Boxing in Black and White (1999), and two additional novels—Nelson’s Run (2002) and Entrys (2005).

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