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.