Stratford Writers Festival

I’ve been invited to the Stratford Writers Festival to be part of a panel called “My Life: Memoirs as Told By Grief” on Saturday Oct. 21, 2017. It’s my first time in Stratford and I’m really looking forward to seeing the town and checking out the other events.


Here is an interview they did with me prior to this visit.

Review in the Hamilton Review of Books

Here’s a review by the writer and artist Joe Ollmann, for the Hamilton Review of Books, which I particularly liked because I felt he really got the essence of my book, which is that it is for the most part light-hearted, silly and tongue-in-cheek, with some dramatic bits thrown in. It’s basically an Asian version of a 1980s John Hughes film complete with a new wave soundtrack.

“Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and Me, is a really nicely-drawn, sad and funny book full of honesty and heart. Mapa’s book is cool because she doesn’t try to be cool, she just speaks from her heart and maybe sincerity is the new irony.”

Full review here:

Hamilton Review of Books

I’m also reviewed alongside Jillian Tamaki and Emil Ferris (who created the sensation “My Favorite Thing is Monsters”). I mean, talk about excellent company!

TCAF weekend! (May 13-14)

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!

30 minute interview by Joseph Planta of

Here is a link to an interview by Joseph Planta, the host of the website 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.

Lorina Mapa

Featured on the CBC’s “How I Wrote It”

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: