[PAST EVENT] LECHE & Drive By Vigils: the novels and poems of R. Zamora Linmark

October 28, 2011
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Wren Building, Great Hall

Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
The Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance presents

LECHE by R. Zamora Linmark

A young Filipino American's riotous adventures through the sprawling, tragicomic landscape of modern-day Manila.

"As quirky and funny as its oddball characters, Linmark's latest is a unique,
colorful portrait of cross-cultural experience and a view into the complexities of modern-day Philippines through the prism of an ex-pat's self discovery and quasi-homecoming." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW

"At times uproariously funny . . . Linmark weaves cultural and historical research into his story. . . . Above all, Linmark's writing is literary: heightened, emotional and beautifully crafted." HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

"Leche is a combustible comedy, a nightmare, a fever dream that with humor and horror somehow captures the fractured Philippine identity. Eye opening, hilarious and relentlessly seductive, Linmark's newest novel holds the reader until the very last page." SABINA MURRAY

After 13 years of living in the U.S., Vince returns to his birthplace, the Philippines.
As Vince ventures into the heat and chaos of the city, he encounters a motley cast of characters, including a renegade nun, a political film director, arrogant hustlers and the country's spotlight-driven First Daughter. Haunted by his childhood memories, Vince unravels the turmoil, beauty and despair of a life caught between a fractured past and a precarious future. At once playful and darkly satiric, Linmark's innovative use of language and narrative structure permits an intimate tour of Vince's Manila, both through the muffled memories of the past and the shifting perceptions of his homecoming. While exploring the complex colonial and cultural history of the Philippines, Leche uncovers the paradoxes inherent in a search for personal and national identities. This is a sexually charged adventure of a novel by a dynamic literary talent.

Poet, novelist, and playwright R. Zamora Linmark is the author of the best-selling novel Rolling the R's (Kaya Press) and three collections of poetry, Prime Time Apparitions, The Evolution of a Sigh and the forthcoming Drive By Vigils, all from Hanging Loose Press.

A recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including two from the Fulbright Foundation, a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, he has published in numerous journals and anthologies in the U.S. and the Philippines. His stage adaptation of Rolling the R's premiered in Honolulu in 2008 to critical and commercial success. Linmark divides his time between Manila and Honolulu.

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