Elmer Ordoñez’s fictionized biography to be launched, Aug. 4

Renowned literary critic, essayist and fictionist Elmer Ordóñez will launch his latest book, Father’s Doppleganger, August 4, Saturday, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Popular Bookstore, Tomas Morato St. (cor Timog avenue), Quezon City.

Ordóñez said the book is his fictionized biography. “The book takes the reader to the turn of the 20th century during the Filipino-American war, the beginnings of benevolent assimilation, the Thomasites, the early migrant workers and their struggles in America, public education in English, the struggle of a working student, the return of Filipino pensionados, the war years, post war Manila, to the legacy left by the main character. A kind of social history, told plainly,” Ordóñez said in his Facebook post.

Advanced copies are now available at Popular Bookstore.

Also available at the launch is Red Poppies on the Road published earlier by Pantas, c/o Julie Po of Popular Bookstore.

Other fiction books published by Ordoñez include Sitting in the Moonlight and Other Stories, Snows of Yesteryears: A Family in War and a Sentimental Education.

He also authored essays such as Emergent Literature: Essays on Philippine Writing and The Other View: Notes on Philippine Writing and Culture, among others.

He has been professor of English, associate for literary criticism at the UP Creative Writing Center, and chairperson for projects of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

UP ICW Call for Submission: 2018 Updated Filipino Writers Database (Deadline: May 31)

LIKHAAN: The UP Institute of Creative Writing is extending its call for submissions to an updated database of Philippine authors to May 31, 2018.  This new database, which will be made available online via the ICW’s panitikan.ph portal, aims to collate and consolidate the previous NCCA list of writers with the current, incomplete listing posted on the panitikan website, as well as include newly published writers. The ICW hopes to make a more comprehensive database as information and other pertinent details on many Filipino writers were lost when the UP Diliman Faculty Center was destroyed by fire.

In this regard, published authors are asked to fill out a form that can be downloaded below. Also, the ICW is hoping to make the database more comprehensive, so we’re expanding the word count for the bionote to 500-1500 words, as well as asking authors to attach 1 to 3 sample works which visitors of the website may browse.

The ICW is also requesting for a recent 2.5 x 3.5 (2R size) photo of the author, in 300 DPI.  Previous authors who’ve not yet sent their photos are asked to re-submit their documents along with their picture. Also, those who have previously submitted the complete documents may email us anew to attach their work, or submit an expanded bionote.

Please follow this format when sending your files:
Bionote: Surname, First name_Bionote (Ex: Dela Cruz, Juan_Bionote)
Sample Works: Surname,First name_Title of Sample Work (Ex: Dela Cruz, Juan_Ang Panitikan)
Photo: Surname, First name

Kindly send the accomplished form and your photo to panitikanwritersdb@gmail.com.

Understand the difficulties in your biography by Dancing with Your Dragons

DANCING WITH YOUR DRAGONS is a workshop on recognizing, understanding and working on the challenges, difficulties and trials in one’s biography.

Sept 28, 2014, Sunday 
1:00 – 5:30 PM 
Meals & Books Vegetarian Café 
Theosophical Society Philippines 
# 1 Iba Street, Quezon City (near Welcome Rotonda) 
Call 741 57 40 for directions

Fee: Php 500.00 includes heavy snacks

Please confirm your attendance on or before Sept 26 for meal head count. Contact 0915 5917142 (Globe)/ 0949 8956341(SMART.) Kindly bring pencils, colored pencils or pens, any blank, pieces of drawing paper or sketch pad, a notebook or your journal.

Facilitator Annabellie V. Gruenberg is an Integrative Psychologist, Life Coach, Biography Counselor and Educator