Book Signing with Mary Talusan + Grace Talusan

02jun7:00 pm8:00 pmBook Signing with Mary Talusan + Grace TalusanKubo LB

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Bel Canto Books is thrilled to host a book signing with Filipina American authors, educators, and sisters Mary Talusan and Grace Talusan.

Bel Canto Books is honored to host a free, in-store book signing at KUBO LB with Filipina American authors, educators, and sisters Mary Talusan and Grace Talusan on Friday 6/2 from 7-8pm.

RSVP kindly requested. This is an indoor event at KUBO LB (3976 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach CA 90807). Please stay home if you are feeling sick.


Instruments of Empire by Mary Talusan

The untold story of the Philippine Constabulary Band, as explored in Mary Talusan’s Instruments of Empire: Filipino Musicians, Black Soldiers, and Military Band Music during U.S. Colonization of the Philippines, offers a unique opportunity to examine the limits and porousness of America’s racial ideologies, exploring musical pleasure at the intersection of Euro-American cultural hegemony, racialization, and US colonization of the Philippines.

The Body Papers by Grace Talusan

Winner of The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan’s critically acclaimed memoir The Body Papers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, powerfully explores the fraught contours of her own life as a Filipino immigrant and survivor of cancer and childhood abuse.


Mary Talusan Lacanlale is assistant professor of Asian-Pacific Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and specializes in Filipino and Filipino American music and culture. She performs music and dance of the southern Philippines with the Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble.

Grace Talusan is the author of THE BODY PAPERS, which won the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant writing and the Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction. In 2022, she was awarded fellowships from United States Artists, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Brother Thomas Fund. She teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University.


KUBO LB is a creative community space for Filipinx, BIPOC, LGBTQ, and Women led small businesses. KUBO LB is a space to support and educate small businesses through retail, business workshops and more.

Filipina American authors, educators, and sisters Mary Talusan and Grace Talusan, hosted by Bel Canto Books in Long Beach CA



(Friday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Kubo LB

3976 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807

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