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.

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