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M. Evelina Galang discusses "Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living with War" Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, 7 – 8:10 p.m.
M. Evelina Galang discusses "Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living with War"
Event typeAuthor Readings/Lectures
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin us to hear renowned Filipina novelist Galang in conversation with local author Donna Miscolta discussing the horrific and true stories of 16 surviving Filipino “comfort women."
DescriptionLolas’ House tells the stories, in unprecedented detail, of sixteen surviving Filipino “comfort women.” During World War II more than 1,000 Filipino women and girls were kidnapped by the Imperial Japanese Army. They were taken from their homes, snatched from roadsides, and chased down in fields. Overall the Japanese forced 400,000 women across Asia into sexual slavery. M. Evelina Galang began researching these stories in the 1990s as 173 lolas, “grannies” in Tagalog, emerged after decades of shame and silence to demand recognition and justice from the Japanese government.

Galang enters into the lives of the surviving women at Lolas’ House, a community center for comfort women’s organizing in metro Manila. She accompanies them to the sites of their abduction and protests with them at the gates of the Japanese embassy. In "Lolas’ House," each woman gives her testimony, even though the women relive their horror at each telling, they offer their stories so that no Filipina, no woman anywhere, should suffer wartime rape and torture again.

"Lolas’ House" is not only a book of testimony and documentation, it is a book of witness, of survival, and of the female body. Intensely personal and globally political, it is the legacy of "Lolas’ House" to the world.

Galang will talk with local author Donna Miscolta.

M. Evelina Galang has been named one of the 100 most influential Filipinas in the United States and at-large by the Filipina Women's Network. She is the author of the story collection "Her Wild American Self," novels "One Tribe", and "Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery," and the editor of "Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images." Among her numerous awards are the 2004 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Prize for the Novel and the 2007 Global Filipino Literary Award for One Tribe. Galang directs the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami and is core faculty and board member of Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA).

Donna Miscolta’s short story collection "Hola and Goodbye" was selected by Randall Kenan for the Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman and publication by Carolina Wren Press in 2016. It won the Independent Publishers gold medal for Best Regional Fiction and an International Latino Book Award silver medal for Best Latino Focused Fiction in English. She is also the author of the novel "When the de la Cruz Family Danced." Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including the anthology "Memories Flow in Our Veins: Forty Years of Women’s Writing from Calyx." Excerpts from her novel-in-progress "The Education of Angie Rubio" appear in The Adirondack Review and the Santa Ana Review. A two-time recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship, she has also received awards from 4Culture, the Bread Loaf/Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the City of Seattle, as well as residencies from Anderson Center, Artsmith, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Ragdale, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
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NotesThis event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $6 after 5 p.m.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.
Recorded for PodcastThis event will be recorded for future podcast.
Contact Info*Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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