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11/28/2012: Lysley Tenorio's Monstress at the Philippine Consulate SF (Moderated by Rashaan Alexis Meneses)

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[For immediate release. Contact PAWA pawa@pawainc.com]

Save the date, and please help spread the word!

Please join PAWA as we present Lysley Tenorio, author of the critically acclaimed Monstress. Writer and educator Rashaan Alexis Meneses will moderate.

When: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Doors open at 5:30 pm | Event begins at 6:00 pm Where: The Philippine Consulate 447 Sutter Street | Fifth Floor Social Hall

San Francisco, CA 94108

Arkipelago Books will handle book sales.

 

About Monstress

Monstress introduces a bold new writer who explores the clash and meld of disparate cultures. In the National Magazine Award-nominated title story, a has-been movie director and his reluctant leading lady travel from Manila to Hollywood for one last chance at stardom, unaware of what they truly stand to lose. In "Felix Starro," a famous Filipino faith healer and his grandson conduct an illicit business in San Francisco, though each has his own plans for their earnings. And after the Beatles reject an invitation from Imelda Marcos for a Royal Command Performance, an aging bachelor attempts to defend her honor by recruiting his three nephews to attack the group at the Manila International Airport in "Help."

Lysley Tenorio reveals the lives of people on the outside looking in with rare skill, humor, and deep understanding, in stories framed by tense, fascinating dichotomies—tenderness and power, the fantastical and the realistic, the familiar and the strange. Breathtakingly original, Monstress marks the arrival of a singular new voice in American fiction.

Lysley Tenorio is the author of Monstress (Ecco/HarperCollins). His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Manoa, The Chicago Tribune, and The Best New American Voices and Pushcart Prize anthologies. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, he has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California, and lives in San Francisco. Born and raised in the seismically fractured and diverse landscape of California, Rashaan Alexis Meneses earned her MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California’s Creative Writing Program where she was named a 2005-2006 Jacob K. Javits Fellow. Nominated for a Sundress Best of the Net Prize, recent publications include a personal essay in Doveglion Press, short stories in the Australia based literary journal Kurungabaa, UC Riverside’s The Coachella Review, University of North Carolina’s Pembroke Magazine, and the anthology,Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults. She currently teaches as Adjunct Professor for Liberal & Civic Studies at Saint Mary’s College and will be a resident at MacDowell Colony in 2013. Her website is http://rashaanalexismeneses.com.

09/08/2012: Lysley Tenorio & Thomas Peele at Babylon Salon (SF)

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Babylon Salon Presents their Fall Reading Saturday, September 8, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Cantina SF (basement) featuring

Whiting Award-winning Fiction Writer Lysley Tenorio and Award-winning Investigative Reporter Thomas Peele

Lysley Tenorio's stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope, All-Story, Ploughshares, Manoa, and the Best New American Voices and Pushcart Prize anthologies. A Whiting Writer's Award-winner and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, he has received fellowships from the University of Wisconsin, Phillips Exeter Academy, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thomas Peele is an award-winning investigative reporter for the Bay Area News Group, whose critically acclaimed book Killing the Messenger, A Story of Radical Faith, Racism's Backlash, and the Assassination of a Journalist examines race through the 2007 murder of California journalist Chauncey Bailey.

Also featuring Stephen Beachy, author of The Whistling Song, Distortion, and boneyard, Dennis Bernstein, author of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom and host of KPFA's Flashpoints, and and local writer Jorge Cino.

And with the music of Dave Hudson.

Cantina SF is located at 580 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. 415-398-0195 
www.cantinasf.com

- Free Admission - Cash bar exotica – Doors open at 7:00, Reading starts promptly at 7:30 –

Babylon Salon is a reading and performance series hosted by: Maury Zeff, Laurie Doyle, & Zach Wyner

For more info, to subscribe, or to inquire about future events, please email babble@babylonsalon.com

08/30/2012: Lysley Tenorio at SFPL

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From the SFPL website: Lysley Tenorio will talk about his short story collection Monstress, the On the Same Page selection for July/August.

Monstress introduces a bold new San Francisco writer who explores the clash and meld of disparate cultures. In the National Magazine Award-nominated title story, a has-been movie director and his reluctant leading lady travel from Manila to Hollywood for one last chance at stardom, unaware of what they truly stand to lose. In "Felix Starro," a famous Filipino faith healer and his grandson conduct an illicit business in San Francisco, though each has his own plans for their earnings. And after the Beatles reject an invitation from Imelda Marcos for a Royal Command Performance, an aging bachelor attempts to defend her honor by recruiting his three nephews to attack the group at the Manila International Airport in "Help." Lysley Tenorio reveals the lives of people on the outside looking in with rare skill, humor, and deep understanding, in stories exploring the fantastical and the realistic, the familiar and the strange.

When: Thu, 8/30/2012, 6:30 - 8:00

Where: Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A & B Main Library 100 Larkin St.

Interview: Lysley Tenorio at The Rumpus

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Rumpus: Filipino parents are often unsupportive of their children’s pursuit of the arts. Were you conditioned, like me, to become a doctor or lawyer? What did your parents think of your English major in college, and what does your Mom and siblings think about your work now? Did they read your book? Tenorio: My parents certainly liked the idea of my becoming a lawyer or a doctor, but they never sat me down and said I had to become one. For the most part, they were really hands off and that was a real saving grace for me. When I was in graduate school doing my MFA at the University of Oregon, I don’t even know how much my mother understood what I was doing.  She knew that I was trying to write a book, and that was it.  She was thinking, ‘My son’s getting a master’s,’ and that made her really happy. I love that. That’s all she needed to know.

My family has been nothing but supportive. When the book came out, they were really happy. My mother dropped out of school in the sixth grade in the Philippines, and while she can speak English, reading my work would be really tough for her. But my sister told me when my mother saw my book at the bookstore, she got weepy and kissed it.

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04/18/2012: Lysley Tenorio's Monstress at USF

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Via USF's Center for the Pacific Rim: Wednesday - April 18, 2012 - 5:45 PM USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall Enter from Parker Street between Golden Gate & Fulton monstressMonstress An interview and book signing with author Lysley Tenorio 

The New York Times reports that Tenorio's stories "announce the debut of an electric literary talent. Brilliantly quirky, often moving, always gorgeously told, these are tales of big-hearted misfits... Bravo for this fabulous American fiction." Other critics call them luminous, bold.

Born during an earthquake in the Philippines; his six siblings wanted him named Lindol - Tagalog for quake. Instead his parents chose Lysley and moved the family to San Francisco, an urban paradise for immigrants. Here he found his literary roots, honing his writing skill through UC Berkeley and later awards such as the Stegner Fellowship at Stanford and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dr Patrick Hatcher of the Center will conduct the interview. Free and open to the public, For reservations call (415) 422-6828.

Cosponsored by USF's Asian Studies Program, Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program, and Asian American Studies Program.

 

Review: Lysley Tenorio's Monstress

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Via the Rumpus: Lysley Tenorio’s linked short story collection, Monstress, organically ties together stories of the misfits and outcasts of both the Philippines and Southern California.

The eight stories that comprise Monstress, the very-good-verging-on-excellent debut collection from San Francisco’s Lysley Tenorio, aren’t connected in the usual ways readers have been trained to expect. There are no recurring characters. It doesn’t all take place in one neighborhood, or on the same day. And there aren’t any of those knowingly offhand references in one story to some crucial item or moment from an earlier one, which tend to be about as subtle as a brick.

Come to think of it, when I say the usual ways, what I mean is the usual annoying ways. Rare is the story collection that comes by its interconnectedness in an organic way. Monstress clears this not-insignificant hurdle with ease. Tenorio’s stories, which were previously published in the usual murderer’s row of literary journals and magazines (your Atlantics, your Ploughshareses), are unmistakably of a piece with one another, and their common denominator is at once more obvious and more subtle. Namely, they all loosely orbit the same two places: the Philippines and Southern California. Residents of the former dream of the latter. And those that have escaped with both money and gumption (the lucky ones) spend the rest of their lives wondering if the journey was worth the price of admission.

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02/08/2012: Lysley Tenorio in Oakland

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http://greatgoodplace.indiebound.com/event/lysley-tenorio-monstress-stories

Feb 8 2012 7:00 pm

GGP proudly welsomes Lysley Tenorio on Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m. He'll be reading from his new short story collection, Monstress.

Monstress introduces a bold new writer who explores the clash and meld of disparate cultures. In the National Magazine Award-nominated title story, a has-been movie director and his reluctant leading lady travel from Manila to Hollywood for one last chance at stardom, unaware of what they truly stand to lose. In "Felix Starro," a famous Filipino faith healer and his grandson conduct an illicit business in San Francisco, though each has his own plans for their earnings. And after the Beatles reject an invitation from Imelda Marcos for a Royal Command Performance, an aging bachelor attempts to defend her honor by recruiting his three nephews to attack the group at the Manila International Airport in "Help."

Lysley Tenorio reveals the lives of people on the outside looking in with rare skill, humor, and deep understanding, in stories framed by tense, fascinating dichotomies—tenderness and power, the fantastical and the realistic, the familiar and the strange. Breathtakingly original, Monstress marks the arrival of a singular new voice in American fiction.

A Great Good Place for Books 6120 LaSalle Avenue Oakland

02/07/2012: Lysley Tenorio at Green Apple Books (SF)

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On Tuesday, February 7th, we'll be hosting author Lysley Tenorio for a reading from his new short story collection, MonstressMonstress centers around the contradictions and complexitites of the Filipino-American experience and the universal human search for belonging in the underbelly of the American Dream. Hear these smart, poignant, and heartfelt stories come to life in the Granny Smith Room on February 7th and find out why Tenorio is being hailed as "an electric literary talent" and "a singular new voice in American fiction". We'll see you there!

Green Apple Books 506 Clement St San Francisco, CA 94118-2324

Interview: Lysley Tenorio on The Blood Jet Writing Hour

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Via the blood-jet radio hour:

Join Rachelle Cruz as she talks with Lysley Tenorio, author of MONSTRESS, on Wednesday, February 8th at 11 am PST/2 pm EST. To listen live, click here.

Lysley Tenorio’s stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Manoa, The Chicago Tribune, and The Best New American Voices and Pushcart Prize anthologies. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a graduate of the University of Oregon Creative Writing Program, he is a recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, a National Magazine Award nomination, and fellowships from the University of Wisconsin, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in the Philippines, he currently lives in San Francisco, and is an Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.