Poblete Begins Conversations with Filipino Authors Series

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Pati Navalta Poblete

What happens when two sets of Filipino grandparents descend upon a Filipino American girl’s home? There’s bound to be chaos and confusion, for sure — especially when the supernatural gets into the picture. But there’s also a lot of loving, Filipino style — and we all know what that means.

Pati Navalta Poblete talks about her memoir, “The Oracles: My Filipino Grandparents in America,” with fellow author, Ben Pimentel, on Wednesday, January 26, 6 p.m., at the Pinole Library, 2935 Pinole Valley Road., Pinole, CA. Admission is free. Check out Poblete’s blog at http://patipoblete.blogspot.com to read more about the book.

Prior to joining Global Footprint Network as World Outreach and Media Director, Poblete was a journalist for 15 years, working as a columnist and editorial writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, deputy editorial page editor for the Honolulu Advertiser and staff editor at numerous Bay Area daily newspapers. Her yearlong editorial series on foster care reform in California for the San Francisco Chronicle helped lead to numerous changes in the state law, and won her numerous national awards, including first place in the National Headliners Award, Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Chi Award and the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. Pati was also the Chronicle’s nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in 2006 and 2007.

Poblete’s event marks the first of a series of “Conversations with Filipino Authors,” to be held in various Bay Area libraries as a build-up to the first Filipino American International Book Festival on October 1 and 2, 2011 at the San Francisco Public Library. Sponsored by the Literacy Initiatives International Foundation (LIIF) in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate of San Francisco and the Filipino American Center of the San Francisco Public Library, the book festival will gather Filipino authors based in the U.S., the Philippines and other countries, as well as Philippine and U.S. publishers, librarians, book dealers, academics, and artists.

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