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Freedom Readers – Monstress: Stories by Lysley Tenorio

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Date(s) - 11/26/2018
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

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We are excited to announce that the next Freedom Readers book club is scheduled for Monday, November 26th from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. This book club is open to the public and will concentrate on fiction and non-fiction titles based around political or current cultural themes.

This month we will be discussing Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Brian Stevenson


DECEMBER: Book Club Break – Happy Holidays & see you in January!

JANUARY: The Fire Next Time – Baldwin

We invite healthy debate and discussion!
Topics & opinions discussed do not necessarily reflect Branches Books & Gifts employees viewpoints.

“The debut of an electric literary talent. Brilliantly quirky, often moving, always gorgeously told….Bravo for this fabulous American fiction!”
—Chang-Rae Lee, New York Times bestselling author of Native Speaker

“A wonderful story collection that’s as wide and rich and complex as the geography it spans.”
— Ben Fountain, PEN/Hemingway award-winning author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevera

“Tenorio is a deep and original writer, and Monstress is simply a beautiful book.”
—Jessica Hagedorn, author of Dogeaters

A luminous collection of heartbreaking, vivid, startling, and gloriously unique stories set amongst the Filipino-American communities of California and the Philippines, Monstress heralds the arrival of a breathtaking new talent on the literary scene: Lysley Tenorio. Already the worthy recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a Stegner Fellowship, Tenorio brilliantly explores the need to find connections, the melancholy of isolation, and the sometimes suffocating ties of family in tales that range from a California army base to a steamy moviehouse in Manilla, to the dangerous false glitter of Hollywood.
About the Author

Lysley Tenorio’s stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Manoa, and The Best New American Voices and The Pushcart Prize anthologies. A winner of the Whiting Writer’s Award and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he has received fellowships from the University of Wisconsin, Phillips Exeter Academy, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in the Philippines, he currently lives in San Francisco and is an associate professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.

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