From the CBC: “The 2017 edition of CBC Books’ annual writers to watch list is here. Be sure to get to know these writers before their careers enter the stratosphere.”
“In her debut graphic novel, Mapa returns to Manila, her childhood home, for her father’s funeral. Her past rushes back to her, not at the taste of a madeleine but with the rhythms of the ’80s pop songs she grew up with. Her memoir of life in the Philippines is both touching and joyous, with vivid recollections of food, matriarchy, family, and politics told in an Hergé-inspired style that’s deceptively simple but apt for its subject. As she assembles the jigsaw puzzle of her Filipino life, Mapa recollects both pop culture touchstones and her upbringing against the turbulent background of the 1986 Fernando Marcos/Corazon Aquino “Snap Election” and its resultant People Power Revolution. As with Sonny Liew’s more complex The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, Mapa uses the directness of comics to introduce a history and culture most Americans are unfamiliar with.”
YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), a division of the American Library Association, has nominated my book in the category of Great Graphic Novels For Teens (non-fiction). This is an amazing honour!
Here’s my schedule at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival this weekend:
Saturday May 13
10:00 AM – Canadian Reading Series: Conundrum Press Spotlight – Conundrum Press is making another big splash this year! Come and join David Collier (Morton), Lorina Mapa (Duran Duran), and James Cadelli (Getting Out of Hope) as they read from their newest Conundrum Press books! Hinton Learning Theatre, Toronto Reference Library
11-12 Lorina Mapa signs Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me at the Conundrum Table
Sunday May 14
10-11am James Cadelli, Lorina Mapa sign at the Conundrum Table
See you there!
Here is a link to an interview by Joseph Planta, the host of the website thecommentary.ca which since 2004 has featured over a thousand audio interviews with unique and diverse guests from renowned bestselling and prize winning authors, Canadian newsmakers and political figures, internationally known print and broadcast journalists, prominent academics and public intellectuals, as well as noted artists and personalities.
(you have to scroll down on the actual link )
Amazing that I am occupying the same space as a “Love and Rockets” zine!
Bill Young has written an article about “Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and Me” in the April 12, 2017 edition of the Montreal Gazette. I hope the book lives up to his glowing praise!
Here is an excerpt:
It is (an) unforeseen accident which shapes the story, and largely defines her life going forward. When she attends her father’s funeral, this return to roots releases a host of memories, both of her early days in the Philippines, and of more recent times.
The result is an extraordinary odyssey, but one I leave for the reader to discover. It is enough to underscore the degree to which her striking illustrations throughout fit impeccably the many tones of the narrative, from the boldest strokes to the most delicate of touches.”
An article on the CBC’s “How I Wrote It” by Jane Van Koeverden. I was interviewed by phone and asked a number of interesting, thoughtful questions. Ms. Van Koeverden did a great job putting my random musings together.
“When I was telling my story, I didn’t want our culture to be so different and inaccessible to people in the west reading it. There are a lot of similarities and that’s why I included a lot of the pop culture references. That was very important to me because that was how I grew up. If someone living in the U.S. is reading about a girl in the Philippines, they might have some assumptions of them. But when they read about what she’s going through and find similarities to their own childhood, all of a sudden it breaks that barrier of the “other.” Maybe it will break a few stereotypes of what people think girls growing up in different parts of the world are like.”
Click on this link for the full article: