“If you could only read one of the nine short stories, “New” makes the release of the entire book worthwhile. And “Flesh and Blood” also passed my key test as not just a reader but a writer: the story made me want to run to my own pen or keyboard to write. The stories are engaging but the writing is also a writer’s writer’s delight: characterizations are not just deep but sumptuous, structures are not just innovative but fresh, and the narratives are both finely detailed but interspersed with psychological caesuras for maximizing the reader’s inhabitance.”
Continue reading Tabios’ engagement of Lara Stapleton’s The Ruin of Everything in The Halo-Halo Review.
Advance words by Jason Magabo Perez: “These critical and East Bay tender third world feminist lyrics model for us what it means to commit to the unglorified ‘work of arriving,’ to care rigorously about craft, and to craft religiously a genuine care for community.”
Thank you so much everyone who joined our TRoE virtual book release party via zoom and FB Live! Special thanks to Edwin Lozada & PAWA, guest readers Eileen Tabios, Ricco Siasoco and Beverly Parayno for supporting Lara Stapleton and Paloma Press, and Tony Robles, Claire Pamplin, Grace Talusan, Kimi Sugioka, Zach Linmark and Gina Apostol for the thoughtful questions & engagements.
If you missed the livestream, you can watch the recording on YouTube or FB Live (apologies in advance that this unedited version contains zoom bombed segments).
If you’re in NYC, you wouldn’t want to miss these TRoE in-person events: “Flesh & Blood Party,” Friday 10/22, 7pm Eastern at VON 3 Bleecker St. @Bowery with Nerissa Balce & Ligaya Mishan
“The Ruin of the Human Zoo” with Sabina Murray, Gina Apostol & Zach Linmark, Thursday 11/4, 7pm Eastern at KGB Bar
Lastly, please support TRoE by asking your local bookstore to buy it or by leaving a review on Amazon. Maraming salamat!