I’ve been invited to the Stratford Writers Festival to be part of a panel called “My Life: Memoirs as Told By Grief” on Saturday Oct. 21, 2017. It’s my first time in Stratford and I’m really looking forward to seeing the town and checking out the other events.
Here’s a review by the writer and artist Joe Ollmann, for the Hamilton Review of Books, which I particularly liked because I felt he really got the essence of my book, which is that it is for the most part light-hearted, silly and tongue-in-cheek, with some dramatic bits thrown in. It’s basically an Asian version of a 1980s John Hughes film complete with a new wave soundtrack.
“Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and Me, is a really nicely-drawn, sad and funny book full of honesty and heart. Mapa’s book is cool because she doesn’t try to be cool, she just speaks from her heart and maybe sincerity is the new irony.”
Full review here:
I’m also reviewed alongside Jillian Tamaki and Emil Ferris (who created the sensation “My Favorite Thing is Monsters”). I mean, talk about excellent company!
From the CBC: “The 2017 edition of CBC Books’ annual writers to watch list is here. Be sure to get to know these writers before their careers enter the stratosphere.”
“In her debut graphic novel, Mapa returns to Manila, her childhood home, for her father’s funeral. Her past rushes back to her, not at the taste of a madeleine but with the rhythms of the ’80s pop songs she grew up with. Her memoir of life in the Philippines is both touching and joyous, with vivid recollections of food, matriarchy, family, and politics told in an Hergé-inspired style that’s deceptively simple but apt for its subject. As she assembles the jigsaw puzzle of her Filipino life, Mapa recollects both pop culture touchstones and her upbringing against the turbulent background of the 1986 Fernando Marcos/Corazon Aquino “Snap Election” and its resultant People Power Revolution. As with Sonny Liew’s more complex The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, Mapa uses the directness of comics to introduce a history and culture most Americans are unfamiliar with.”
YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), a division of the American Library Association, has nominated my book in the category of Great Graphic Novels For Teens (non-fiction). This is an amazing honour!
Here’s my schedule at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival this weekend:
Saturday May 13
10:00 AM – Canadian Reading Series: Conundrum Press Spotlight – Conundrum Press is making another big splash this year! Come and join David Collier (Morton), Lorina Mapa (Duran Duran), and James Cadelli (Getting Out of Hope) as they read from their newest Conundrum Press books! Hinton Learning Theatre, Toronto Reference Library
11-12 Lorina Mapa signs Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me at the Conundrum Table
Sunday May 14
10-11am James Cadelli, Lorina Mapa sign at the Conundrum Table
See you there!
Here is a link to an interview by Joseph Planta, the host of the website thecommentary.ca which since 2004 has featured over a thousand audio interviews with unique and diverse guests from renowned bestselling and prize winning authors, Canadian newsmakers and political figures, internationally known print and broadcast journalists, prominent academics and public intellectuals, as well as noted artists and personalities.
(you have to scroll down on the actual link )
Amazing that I am occupying the same space as a “Love and Rockets” zine!