In celebration of Filipino American History Month, the Livermore Public Library will host a Zoom discussion of the novel Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay. Co-hosted by the Livermore Filipino American Organization, the event will take place on Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7:00 p.m. Registration is required; register by calling (925) 373-5505. Participants will receive a Zoom meeting link by email two days prior to event.
Patron Saints of Nothing is a powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder. Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story. Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth -- and the part he played in it. As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity. Print and eBook copies of this book are available to borrow or request from the Library.
This program is part of the Library’s Authors and Arts Series, supported by the Friends of the Livermore Public Library.