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Eastwind Book Club: The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata

February 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST

Join Eastwind Book Club this February as we read Gina Apostol’s novel, The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata.

About this Event
Eastwind Book Club is a community of readers connected by Asian and Asian American literature. Members gather once a month through a virtual meeting to discuss the month’s book selection. February’s book club pick is The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata by Gina Apostol.

The book club meeting will take place via Zoom on Saturday, February 27 at 2pm PST. Register to receive the meeting link.

Book Club members can use coupon code EWBOOKCLUB21 for a 10% discount.

Copies of The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata are available for order at www.asiabookcenter.com. Choose to ship your orders to your home or select in-store pick up at Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2066 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704.

Join our Book Club Facebook* group to engage in conversation throughout the month: www.tinyurl.com/ewclub

Conversation with author Gina Apostol
Saturday, March 20 at 1pm PST

Gina Apostol’s riotous second novel takes the form of a memoir by one Raymundo Mata, a half-blind bookworm and revolutionary, tracing his childhood, his education in Manila, his love affairs, and his discovery of writer and fellow revolutionary, Jose Rizal. Mata’s 19th-century story is complicated by present-day foreword(s), afterword(s), and footnotes from three fiercely quarrelsome and comic voices: a nationalist editor, a neo-Freudian psychoanalyst critic, and a translator, Mimi C. Magsalin.

In telling the contested and fragmentary story of Mata, Apostol finds new ways to depict the violence of the Spanish colonial era, and to reimagine the nation’s great writer, Jose Rizal, who was executed by the Spanish for his revolutionary activities, and is considered by many to be the father of Philippine independence.

The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata offers an intoxicating blend of fact and fiction, uncovering lost histories while building dazzling, anarchic modes of narrative.

Gina Apostol is the PEN Open Book Award-winning author of Gun Dealers’ Daughter, as well as a two-time winner of the National Book Award in the Philippines for her novelsBibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and journals including The Gettysburg Review and the Penguin anthology of Asian American fiction, Charlie Chan Is Dead, Volume 2.

Eastwind Book Club is co-sponsored by OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates Bay Area Chapters, Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) and AsAmNews (www.asamnews.com).


February 27, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PST
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