Saturday Trailers: Angel de la luna and the 5th glorious mystery

What better day for book trailers than a Saturday?

Angel de la luna and the 5th glorious mystery by M. Evelina Galang; Coffee House Press. Released November, 2013.

Angel has just lost her father, and her mother’s grief means she might as well be gone too. She’s got a book-angel-de-la-luna-mevelina-galangsister and a grandmother to look out for, and a burgeoning consciousness of the unfairness in the world—in her family, her community, and her country.

Set against the backdrop of the second Philippine People Power Revolution in 2001, the contemporary struggles of surviving Filipina “Comfort Women” of WWII, and a cold winter’s season in the city of Chicago is the story of a daughter coming of age, coming to forgiveness, and learning to move past the chaos of grief to survive.  source

Angel de la Luna is a beautifully told, and at times, heartbreaking coming of age and coming to America story. Evelina Galang is a masterful storyteller and through her brilliant voice and craft, Angel and her family become ours too.” — Edwidge Danticat


m.evelina.galang.full.colorM. Eveline Galang has been named one of the 100 most influential Filipinas in the United States by Filipina Women’s Network.

Galang is the recipient of numerous awards, among them, the 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards Advancing Human Rights, the 2004 AWP Prize in the Novel and the 2007 Global Filipino Award in Literature for ONE TRIBE.Galang has been researching the lives of the women of Liga ng mga Lolang Pilipina (LILA Pilipina), surviving Filipina “Comfort Women” of WWII, since 1998. In 2002, she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the Philippines where she continued her work with survivors. After former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared there was not enough evidence to prove 200,000 WWII “Comfort Women” were coerced into sex slave camps, she authored the blog, “Laban for the Lolas!” in support of House Resolution 121 and was the Filipino American Outreach coordinator for 121 Coalition. Read more about Galang on her website.

Saturday Trailer: Zero Fade

What better day for book trailers than a Saturday?


Currently available from the publisher for $6.95. Click here for more info

Set in the early 90s when zero fade haircuts and Arsenio Hall were part of the lives of all the cool people, YA readers in 2013 will be amazed at how things recycle and how life’s basic messages never really change.

When asked why feature the fade haircut so prominently in the book, Author Chris Terry replied

Your hair is near your face. It’s one of the first things that people see. As a self-conscious teen, you need your hair to be right. I write a lot about hair as a symbol of identity, especially for me — a pale-skinned man with kinky hair. I’ve had a lot of failed hair experiments, and some of them bled into Kevin’s story.

Zero Fade is about a kid growing up. While his experiences are specific to black culture, his trials and tribulations are not. Love this quote:

Black art can exist without being in conversation with white people. Not every black story has to directly address what the white world is doing to us.

Arsenio recently came back to late night in the #1 spot simply because he excels at what he does. And Chris Terry? He’s already gotten a Kirkus starred review.

Read more of the interview with Chris Terry.


Saturday Trailer: The girl who leapt through time

What better day for book trailers than a Saturday?

The girl who leapt through time  by Yasutaka Tsutsui(author) and David Karashima (translator) (Alma Books) originally appeared in Japan in 1966 as a science fiction novel written by Japanese writer and actor Yasutaka Tsutsui. Appearing in serial form with the title The Girl Who Runs Through Time, the story soon became a classic and was retold in both live action and anime films.   Karashima  provides the first English version which appeared in Britain in 2011 and makes its US debut this month. Today’s trailer is from the Japanese trailer for the live action movie. The first video is in Japanese with full sound while the second has English subtitles, but no sound. Six of one, half dozen of another.