Jose Dalisay Reading
Join us for this special evening!
Jose Dalisay’s most recent novel Soledad’s Sister was shortlisted for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize in Hong Kong in 2007 and paved the way for contemporary Filipino novelists based in the Philippines to gain international recognition.
Soledad’s Sister is a tale of two individuals whose lives are redefined by the arrival of the casket bearing the body of a woman at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The corpse, manifested as “Aurora V. Cabahug,” is one of over 600 overseas Filipino workers who return as corpses to NAIA every year.
Dalisay’s seamless storytelling technique sheds light on the dreams and motivations of the Filipinos who work abroad and the lives of those they leave behind.
Jose is also teaching a one-day class for us Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jose Dalisay has published over 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, and teaches English and Creative Writing as a full professor at the University of the Philippines. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and a PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has won many awards for his writing both in the Philippines and overseas, including six National Book Awards from the Manilla Critics Circle, an American Academy of Poets prize, and the Milwaukee Fiction Award. He has been a Fulbright, Hawthornden Castle, British Council, Rockefeller, David TK Wong, and Civitella Ranieri Fellow, and has lectured on Philippine culture and politics in the US, the UK, Italy, China, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore, among other places. His second novel, Soledad’s Sister, was shortlisted for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize in Hong Kong in 2007. His two novels have just been published in a combined US edition titled In Flight by Schaffner Press.