Book launch party gratitude: a pictorial

My book launch party for A VILLAGE IN THE FIELDS this afternoon at Eastwind Books of Berkeley was beyond my expectations. Associate Professor Dawn Mabalon of San Francisco State University gave a warm and generous introduction. I was honored with the attendance of Filipino-American author Vangie Buell and Myrna Zialcita, founder and director of the San Francisco Filipino-American Jazz Festival. Dear friends, students, and new faces came, making the book launch a standing-room only affair with overflow out the front door. Filled with gratitude and sharing the moment in a pictorial.

Dawn Mabalon, associate professor in history at San Francisco State University, provides background information on the Filipino American farm labor movement.
Dawn Mabalon, associate professor in history at San Francisco State University, provides background information on the Filipino American farm labor movement.

 

Giving some backstory before reading an excerpt from my novel.
Giving some backstory before reading an excerpt from my novel.

 

With my cousin Daniel, who helped with my research by sharing stories of our relatives.
With my cousin Daniel, who helped with my research by sharing stories of our relatives.

 

Steve Susoyev was a dear writing workshop mate at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in 1998.
Steve Susoyev was a dear writing workshop mate at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in 1998.

 

With Tana Hakanson, fellow artist and mom, we spent many an afternoon talking about trying to juggle one's art while being a fully present mom to our kids.
With Tana Hakanson, fellow artist and mom, we spent many an afternoon talking about trying to juggle one’s art while being a fully present mom to our kids.

 

With Sid Valledor, who took a group of us on a pilgrimage to Agbayani Village back in 2004. He also gave a lecture on Filipino-American labor leader Philip Vera Cruz.
With Sid Valledor, who took a group of us on a pilgrimage to Agbayani Village back in 2004. He also gave a lecture on Filipino-American labor leader Philip Vera Cruz.

 

Signing for long-time friends Barbara and Matt.
Signing for long-time friends Barbara and Matt.

 

On the shelves!
On the shelves!

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