The Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will host the launching of “Snows of Yesteryear” (University of the Philippines Press, 2014) by Elmer A. Ordoñez on 31 January 2015, 5:00 in the afternoon, at the Solidaridad Bookshop, Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila.
Ordonez is a SEA Write-Philippines awardee for 2008. He has written short fiction, poetry, essays, and scholarly articles, many of which are found in his collections “Sitting in the Moonlight and Other Stories,” “Emergent Literature: Essays on Philippine Writing,” and “The Other View” volumes, among others. He retired as professor of English and Comparative Literature from the University of the Philippines. He has served as national secretary of Philippine PEN and chair of the literary arts committee of National Commission for Culture and the Arts. He is a lifetime member of the U.P. Writers Club and the writers’ group Ravens. He is literary editor and columnist of the Manila Times.
“Snows of Yesteryear” contains two parts, “A Family in War” and “A Sentimental Education.” The title is derived from a form of medieval writing known as ubi sunt (literally means “where are they”) practised by poets such as Francois Villon who wrote “Ballade” about women of times past using the refrain, “Where are the Snows of Yesteryear?”
Booklovers are welcome to the event. No admission fee. For inquiries, please email [email protected]