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04/30 Marivi Blanco’s “The Mango Bride” Release Party

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Time: 6 PM to 10:30 PM Number of sessions: 1--EVENT! Members: FREE (SUGGESTED $5 DONATION) Nonmembers: FREE (SUGGESTED $5 DONATION) Location: The Ink Spot, 710 13th Street, Studio 210, San Diego, CA 92101

The Mango Bride was born at the Ink Spot and we’re celebrating its coming out party! Marivi Soliven’s debut novel was drafted in Room to Write sessions for Nanowrimo 2008, took shape  with help from SDWI’s classes, and found a home at New American Library (NAL) Penguin Books.

The novel traces the divergent lives of Amparo Guerrero and Beverly Obejas who come to America for different reasons. Banished by her wealthy family in Manila, Amparo lives a much diminished life as an interpreter in Oakland. Beverly arrives in California as a mail order bride, hoping to improve her lot. As the two women work toward their dream lives, they become entangled in each other’s chaotic realities. Their unexpected collision reveals a life changing secret.

Under its original title, In the Service of Secrets, the unpublished novel won the 2011 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippine counterpart of the Pulitzer Prize. In January 2013, Ediciones Planeta Madrid  bought the rights to publish The Mango Bride in Spanish.

The Mango Bride may be pre-ordered on,, and purchased after the reading at the Ink Spot.

“A brilliantly detailed picture of Philippine life at home and in America.”—Drusilla Campbell, author of When She Came Home

“Exquisite writing and all-too human characters.”—Cristina Rivera Garza, author of No One Will See Me Cry

Marivi Soliven has taught writing workshops at UC San Diego and at the University of the Philippines. Her writing first gained recognition with silver medals for children’s fiction at Palanca Awards for literature in 1992 and 1993. In 1998 her short story Beaux Café won the Philippines Free Press Grand Prize for fiction. Another short story, Talunang Manok, was adapted for a short film in December 2011. Short stories and essays from Soliven’s 15 books have appeared in numerous anthologies and textbooks on creative writing. Her essays and stories have been featured inWhere Are You From? An Anthology of Asian American Writing and The Journal of Post Colonial Studies. She served on the Board of San Diego Writers, Ink from 2009 through 2012.