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Born in 1917, Filipino writer Nick Joaquin wrote a surreal, anguished sentence that cast an ironic eye at colonialism’s longue durée and Catholic rites, both of which he depicted through magical realism and baroque splendor. We celebrated the new edition of works by Nick Joaquin, one of the most important writers of the Philippines who is only now being published in the United States for the first time by Penguin Classics, with an event featuring readings and discussion by Pen Open Book winner Gina Apostol (who wrote the introduction to the new Joaquin collection), legendary activist and author Ninotchka Rosca (a friend of Joaquin’s), and Five-Under-35 winner Alex Gilvarry, author of From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant. Melissa R. Sipin moderated the discussion.

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