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The Foley Artist, my first book of stories, is available now on Amazon, IndieBound, and from your local bookstore
Friday, October 4, 6:30 PM
THE FOLEY ARTIST: BOOK LAUNCH AND PINOY PARTY
Ricco Siasoco in conversation with the magnificent and benificent Jessica Hagedorn!
Joined by friends Sarah Gambito & Joseph O. Legaspi
Music by DJ Un-G
Asian American Writers' Workshop
New York, NY
Saturday, October 12, 4:00 PM
THE 5TH FILIPINO AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
Hot Off the Press Literary Readings
Hosted by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
San Francisco Main Library
San Francisco, CA
Sunday, October 13, 4:00 PM
CLOSING PLENARY: FILIPINO INT'L BOOK FESTIVAL
(We Are) Bulosan's Children: Growing Up in the Aura and Shadow of America is in the Heart, Growing Filipinx Narrative in the 21st Century.
With Eileen Castillo, Ricco Siasoco, Eugene Igloria, Malaka Gharib, Christina Querrer, Jason Bayani
San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 pm
HOMO-CENTRIC READING SERIES
Hosted by Hank Henderson
Come be a part of L.A.'s only ongoing LGBTQ reading series at Stories Books and Cafe in Echo Park. Stories has been included on several 'Best Bookstores' lists, including the LA Weekly and Time Out. Come early to see the reasons they completely deserved a spot on those lists!
Stories Books & Cafe
1716 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, November 5, 3:30 PM
THE FOLEY ARTIST: READING AT UC RIVERSIDE
Hosted by Dr. Sarita See
University of California
Monday, November 11
BOOK TALK: PHILLIPS ANDOVER ACADEMY
Hosted by English Dept., Gay Straight Alliance, Asia Society, and SEA
Phillips Andover Academy
Tuesday, November 12
A CONVERSATION WITH GRACE TALUSAN, AUTHOR OF THE BODY PAPERS
Hosted by the Asian American Center at Tufts University
Wednesday, November 13, 4:30 PM
READING AND CONVERSATION: THE FOLEY ARTIST
Hosted by the Asian American Studies and Creative Writing Programs at Boston College
Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
Chestnut Hill, MA
Tuesday, December 3, 7:00 PM
A CONVERSATION WITH ANGELA GARBES, AUTHOR OF LIKE A MOTHER: A FEMINIST JOURNEY THROUGH THE SCIENCE AND CULTURE OF PREGNANCY
Hosted by The Hugo House
Saturday, December 20
MIDWEST BOOK LAUNCH
Hosted by Third Place Gallery
Join me and poets Sun Yung Shin and Ed Bock Lee for a midwest book launch of The Foley Artist! Music by DJ Manila Rice.
Tuesday, January 14
READING & GUEST LECTURE
Hosted by Hannah Oberman-Breindel, Asian American Literature
Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Saturday, January 18
SECOND SATURDAY READING SERIES
Hosted by Singapore Unbound
I am so excited to join my publisher Gaudy Boy, for the Second Saturdays Reading Series, a monthly gathering in New York City for the reading of Singaporean and American literatures. Held in different intimate venues around the city, the readings feature established and emerging writers. Second Saturdays has featured Vijay Seshadri, Madeleine Thien, Min Jin Lee, Gina Apostol, Dale Peck, Monique Truong, Jericho Brown, Naomi Novik, Chinelo Okparanta, Martha Cooley, Dan Feng Tan, Amanda Lee Koe, and Jeremy Tiang, among others. Besides writers, they have also featured other artists, such as singer Phillip Cheah, ceramicist Hong-Ling Wee, filmmaker Kirsten Tan, and chef Kian Lam Kho.Each gathering begins with a potluck and an open reading. All are welcomed. Please write to Jee Leong Koh at firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the next reading.
Tuesday, January 27, 2020
LOS ANGELES BOOK LAUNCH
8818 Sunset Boulevard
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
Join me in conversation with friend and writer Mia Alvar, award-winning author of In the Country, for the Los Angeles launch of The Foley Artist! Opening poetry by Vandana Khanna, author of Train to Agra and Afternoon Masala.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 3:00 pm
UC RIVERSIDE WRITERS' WEEK
Writers Week is the longest-running, free literary event in California and features the most renowned authors of our day alongside those at the start of promising careers. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 12:10 pm - 1:25 pm
ASSOCIATED WRITING PROGRAMS CONFERENCE
"Lambda Literary Fellows on Transnational and Intersectional Queer Fiction. (Serkan Gorkemli, Natasha Dennerstein, Javi Fuentes, Melissa Nigro, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco)"
Room 217A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Recent fiction has increasingly featured diverse local and global representations of queer identities. But the concept of queerness also conveys a nonnormative, nonessentialist, anti-identity stance. Mindful of this inherent tension, this panel of 2018 Lambda Literary fellows engages with the following questions: What forms does, and can, queerness take in fiction? And what roles do nationality and intersectionality play in how queer writers explore questions of identity?
SAN ANTONIO, TX
Thursday, April 16, 2020
READING WITH GRACE TALUSAN, AUTHOR OF THE BODY PAPERS
Hosted by Jhoanna Belfer and Bel Canto Books
LONG BEACH, CA
Sunday, May 17, 2020, 3-5 pm
READING WITH JEE LEONG KOH
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
Monday, May 18, 2020, 10:15 am
READING AND WORKSHOP AT BREARLEY SCHOOL
Co-Presented by Brearley Upper School Creative Writing Club, Asian Awareness and Q&A (LGBTQ)
NEW YORK, NY
WORDS@ MANOA LITERARY SERIES
University of Hawai’i, Manoa
Hosted by the Creative Writing Program at the U. Of Hawai’i Manoa
STAY TUNED for upcoming readings in:
- Charlotte, NC
- Washington DC
Email Ricco at email@example.com for more information.
Wrestlers Fifth Wednesday Screaming Monkeys (Coffee House Press, 2003) Growing Up Filipino (PALH 2003) The Foley Artist Drunken Boat Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (AAWW, 2001) Deaf Mute North American Review
The Foley Artist: Stories
"A collection like a circus of daredevils. . . . A bravura debut." --Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
A compelling debut for fans of the Filipino America brought to life in fiction by Elaine Castillo and Mia Alvar.
At once deliciously bizarre and painfully familiar, The Foley Artist introduces a vital new voice to Asian American literature. Ricco Villanueva Siasoco's powerful debut collection opens new regions of American feeling and thought as it interrogates intimacy, foreignness, and silence in an absurd world.
These nine stories give voice to the intersectional identities of women and men in the Filipino diaspora in America: a straight woman attends her ex-boyfriend's same-sex marriage in coastal Maine; a college-bound teenager encounters his deaf uncle in Manila; Asian American drag queens duke it out in the annual Iowa State Fair; a seventy-nine-year-old foley artist recreates the sounds of life, but is finally unable to save himself.