Lara Stapleton’s new website!

Lara Stapleton, photo credit: Renee Rogoff

Check out the author website of the lovely and brilliant Lara Stapleton! Did you know that Lara co-created, with Rachel Watanabe-Batton, a television series set in antebellum New Orleans about mixed-race families, taboo and the color line, titled 1850? The project was selected for the IFP No Borders International Co-Production Market! And did you also know that Lara is co-owner of the Filipino restaurant jeepneyNYC which The New Yorker described as “the smartest and most gratifying”? A graduate of NYU’s creative writing program, Lara’s greatest pride, though, is for her students at Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York. Visit Lara’s website to find out more about the author of The Ruin of Everything, forthcoming from Paloma Press in the fall!

The Ruin Conversation at KGB Bar on 11/4!

Please save the date for “The Ruin of the Human Zoo According to Stapleton, Murray, Apostol, Linmark”! November 4, 7pm Eastern, at KGB Bar in NYC.

Zack Linmark will be in conversation with Lara Stapleton, author of The Ruin of Everything, Sabina Murray, author of The Human Zoo, and Gina Apostol, author of The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata. Books and drinks will be on sale.

The Ruin of Everything Virtual Book Launch on 10/19!

Celebrate with us!

The Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. and Paloma Press are hosting a virtual book launch party to celebrate the release of Lara Stapleton’s short story collection, The Ruin of Everything.

Joining Lara are Filipino American writers Eileen Tabios, Beverly Parayno and Ricco Siasoco. Aileen Cassinetto and Edwin Lozada will host.

October 19, 5pm PST/8pm EST via Zoom & FB Live.

More information about the book here.

Ligaya Mishan reads The Ruin of Everything


NYT food and culture writer Ligaya Mishan on Lara Stapleton’s The Ruin of Everything:

“Stories of racial ambiguity, of being in-between, “both hypervisible and unseen,” and love letters “to a modern generation of brown girls.” I covet galleys because they make me feel like I’m in on a secret; check out these stunners from @kylelucia + @daphnepalasia + @stapletonlara (“an Anaïs Nin of late capitalism’s bohemia,” per @gapostol — how’s that for a blurb!).”


From award-winning author Eileen R. Tabios:

“If you could read only 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: the characterizations are not just deep but sumptuous, structures are not just innovative but fresh, and narratives are both finely detailed but interspersed with psychological caesuras for maximizing the reader’s inhabitance.”