Alfar, daughter to launch ‘Stars in Jars’
AWARD-WINNING author Dean Francis Alfar and his writer-daugh book “Stars in Jars: Strange and Fantastic Stories” at Fully Booked in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City on January 21 at 2 p.m.
On its website, publisher Adarna Books says “Stars in Jars” collects the father-daughter team’s adult readers—spinning fantasy, wonder in between.”
The eight-story collection features a girl who “collects stars to prove her love,” a boy who “changes parents when he feels like it,” “the Blade of - sters, and “a father and daughter [planning] a trip to the heavens.”
In a Facebook post, the elder Alfar called his collaboration with teenage Sage—the elder of his two daughters with wife Nikki, also a book a dream come true.
He wrote how thrilled he was “seeing her stories next to mine,” and noted that she began reading at a very young age, and “soon began writing her own stories—and both her par- ents are tough on her with critique.”
Best known as one of the country’s foremost advocates of speculative fiction, Dean won several Palanca awards, including the Grand Prize for the Novel in English for his marvelous-realist novel “Salamanca” in 2005. His short-story collections include “The Kite of Stars and Other Stories,” “How to Traverse Terra Incognita,” and “A Field Guide to the Roads of Manila and Other Stories.”
He edited or co-edited several “Philippine Speculative Fiction” anthologies, “The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2005- Volume: Best New Philippine “The Farthest Shore: An Anthology of Fantasy Fiction from the Philippines” with Joseph Nacino.
Sage’s stories have appeared in “Fantasy: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults” and the Philippines Graphic magazine.