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"Mango Bride Author to Appear in Va. Beach"

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Marivi Soliven wrote "Mango Bride" which won the Palanca Award in the Philippines ("P.I."). The honor is the highest for literary works in the P.I.

Soliven will be in the area next week and she appears at the "Joint Use Library TCC" (corner of Rosemont Road and Faculty Drive - 1700 College Crescent, TCC Campus, Building L, Virginia Beach, VA 23453). The event is from 5:30-7:30 on Wednesday July 16.

She will chronicle her four year journey to get the book published and the research she conducted with WWII veterans, immigration and mail order bride issues to produce the book.

Soliven will also hold a question and answer segment for the audience.

The author earned her Master's in Teaching from Simmons College (Boston, MA) and her undergraduate degree, Mass Communications, from University of Philippines. Soliven is the author of The Unicorn, The Toad and the Princess, Philippine Fright: 13 Scary Stories, Chief Flower Girl, as well as all the books in the Jenny and Jay Pinoy Private Eyes series. She won the 1992 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature for her short story "Chun." (Wikpilipinas)

Please go to www.vbgov.com/library-events to register and allow the library staff to anticipate any needs for the event.(Note - please go to Facebook site for this event and there are more detailed instructions for registration) You can also call 757-822-7800, TDDs 711 for disability accommodations.

For more information, please go to marivisoliven.com and especially give attention to her fantastic blog site.

Special Thanks to Fil-Am Community Action Group for sponsoring the food and related products. Also, Thanks to local educator Veronica Salcedo for organizing and sharing the information needed to write this article.

Some of the information was gathered from Internet search and specifically Wikipilipinas.

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