Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes
Albert Samaha, Matt Ortile
Concepcion: An Immigrant Family's Fortunes



In October, AAWW celebrates Albert Samaha‘s powerful new release, Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes. This intimate and incisive memoir explores the unjust legacy of imperialism in the Philippines and the pursuit of a dream through the lens of the author’s family migration history. Albert will be joined in conversation by writer and editor, Matt Ortile.

This is a live/virtual hybrid event, with a limited number of tickets available for purchase in-person attendance. This event will be live-streamed on the Books Are Magic YouTube channel from the Warby Parker garden at 55 Bergen St, Brooklyn NY. Please RSVP to receive a livestream link.

This event is co-presented with our friends at Books Are Magic and Warby Parker.

Event guidelines:
— All guests must be vaccinated to attend, and must provide proof of vaccination with either Excelsior Pass or vaccination card in order to enter event.
— All attendees must wear a face mask at all times.
— In-person tickets are limited to restrict capacity.
— Additional copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
— Home address is collected for contact tracing purposes; it will not be used otherwise.
— As a reminder: If you are not feeling well, please do not come to the event; email us and we’ll work it out.
If you have any questions regarding these guidelines or to request accessibility accommodations, please contact

Purchase a copy of Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes by Albert Samaha from our friends at Books Are Magic! 

ALBERT SAMAHA is an investigative journalist and inequality editor at BuzzFeed News whose work has appeared in The New York Times, the Village Voice, San Francisco Weekly, and the Riverfront Times, among other outlets. A Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant recipient, he is also the author of Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City, which was a finalist for the 2019 PEN/ESPN Literary Sports Writing Award and winner of the New York Society Library’s 2019 Hornblower Award. He lives in Brooklyn.

MATT ORTILE is the author of the essay collection The Groom Will Keep His Name. He is also the managing editor of Catapult magazine, and a contributing writer at Condé Nast Traveler. Previously, he was the founding editor of BuzzFeed Philippines. He is a MacDowell Fellow and has written for Vogue, Self, Out, Into, and BuzzFeed News, among others. He is a graduate of Vassar College, which means he now lives in Brooklyn.

Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes

Albert Samaha, Matt Ortile
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
7:00 PM

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