Registration is open for the second installment in the AAPI Communities in Conversation series, featuring Filipino author Gina Apostol, author of Bibliolepsy, in conversation with llibrarian Jenna Rae Cabrera from the San Francisco Public Library. The live talk will take place online on Tuesday, February 1, at 1:00 p.m., and you can register here.
Bibliolepsy, Apostol’s extraordinary latest novel, earned a starred review from Publisher Weekly, which called it "a feverish tale of love and longing for the written word," and "a constant delight, frank and full of felicitous turns of phrase and abundant humor... deserving of several readings."
The AAPI Communities in Conversation series aims to celebrate and highlight notable books by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors and creators, as well as increase the appreciation and understanding of the Asian and Pacific diasporic cultures, stories, and experiences. The Penguin Random House Library Marketing team is coordinating the series with Nicole A. Cooke, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and associate professor at the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science (and a PW contributor). Program moderators are public and academic librarians of Asian/Pacific descent and include adult and youth specialists, ALA emerging leaders, and active members of the Chinese American Librarians Association and Asian Pacific American Librarians Association.
“The series will highlight books written for adults, teens, and children across all genres from literary fiction, cookbooks, and graphic novels to mysteries and memoirs,” says Miriam Tuliao, senior library marketing manager at Penguin Random House, adding that the series is designed to help librarians and readers connect with a range of AAPI voices. “Librarians are committed to promoting diverse books in readers' advisory conversations, supporting diverse collection development, and hosting book-centered programs that meet the reading interests of diverse communities."
There is a live talk scheduled for every month in 2022, and the talks will archived and promoted for later viewing on via PW’s weekly Preview for Librarians newsletter and on the PW web site.