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Sunday, January 24, 2016

entry arrow4:43 PM | Lakambini Sitoy, Sweet Haven, and the Intricate Forces of Fiction

CATCH THESE TWO EVENTS TOMORROW! Sillimanian writer Lakambini Sitoy will give a homecoming lecture on the process of fiction writing, titled "Intricate Forces," for the Edilberto and Edith Tiempo Creative Writing Center Lecture Series on 25 JANUARY 2016, Monday at 10 AM at the American Studies Resource Center of the Robert and Metta Silliman Library.

Also on the same date, we are ​launching ​her first novel, SWEET HAVEN, at 6:30 PM at the University House.

The Philippine edition of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize-longlisted novel, published by Anvil, is the story of Narita Pastor who abandoned her illegitimate daughter for a new life in Manila. When a scandalous video of the girl becomes public, Narita must return to her parents and to Sweethaven, the community of her childhood, to perform an act of rescue. In search of the answers to her daughter's shaming, she follows a trail of evidence to reveal a web of family secrets, corruption, prejudice, and the barriers of social class. Sweet Haven was published in a French translation as Les Filles de Sweethaven by Albin Michel in 2011, and its English edition was put out by the New York Review of Books in 2014.

Ms. Sitoy is a teacher and creative writer. Her published work includes the books Mens Rea (1998)​ and Jungle Planet (2005). She received the David T.K. Wong fellowship from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom in 2003, was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2008, and has received a Manila Critics Circle National Book Award and numerous prizes in the annual Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. She holds an MA from Roskilde University in Denmark, where she resides and teaches English.

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