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The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart: Book Launch

Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
New York, NY United States
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Add to Calendar 09/19/2019 07:00 PM 09/19/2019 09:00 PM America/New_York The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart: Book Launch More detail: https://apa.nyu.edu/event/the-importance-of-being-wilde-at-heart-book-launch/ , New York, NY

Presented by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

Celebrate the launch of R. Zamora Linmark‘s debut young adult novel The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart (Delacorte/Random House, 2019), which follows a seventeen-year-old boy’s journey through first love and first heartbreak. Linmark sets this teenage romance in a fictional post-war Pacific Island nation ruled by a neighboring superpower, with which it shares a highly militarized border. “Everything, from…compulsory military service to the banning of books, feels authentic and heightens the stakes of the burgeoning gay romance,” writes Kirkus. The reading will be followed by a moderated discussion with Gina Apostol.


R. Zamora Linmark is the author of The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart (Delacorte/Random House, 2019). He has also published the novels Rolling the R’s (Kaya Press, 1995, 2016), which he has adapted for the stage, and Leche (Coffee House Press, 2011), and four poetry collections, most recently, Pop Vérité (2017), all from Hanging Loose Press. He divides his time between Honolulu, Hawaii, and Baguio, Philippines.

Publishers’ Weekly named Gina Apostol‘s Insurrecto (Penguin Random House, 2019) one of the Ten Best Books of 2018. The New York Times calls Insurrecto, “a bravura performance…Apostol is a magician with language (think Borges, think Nabokov)….” Her third book, Gun Dealers’ Daughter (W. W. Norton & Company, 2012), won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. Apostol’s first two novels, Bibliolepsy (University of the Philippines Press, 1997) and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata (Anvil Publishing, 2009), both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). Her most recent work uses her research on the Philippine-American War to cast a lens on our contemporary times. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Philippines. She teaches at the Fieldston School.

This venue is wheelchair accessible. No stairs. Direct elevator from ground floor to sixth floor. We strongly encourage all participants of the space/event to be scent-free. If you all have any other specific questions about accessibility or requesting priority seating, please email Tiffany Le at tle@aaww.org.