Ranada and Zuliani Double Launch

Event Date: 
Oct 19, 2021

At 7pm Pacific, 8pm Mountain, join us for the launch of two debut novels! Celebrate Leah Ranada's The Cine Star Salon and Andy Zuliani's Last Tide with readings followed by a Q&A. The official bookseller is Massy Books. This event will be held on Zoom and will be recorded. Register for the Zoom link on Eventbrite and the link will be sent to you in the email confirmation. Email marketing@newestpress.com if you have any issues.

About The Cine Star Salon:

Philippine-born Vancouverite Sophia is most grateful for two things: her modest hair salon and Adrian, her mild-mannered fiancé. She is eager to get married, move away from her highly educated but career-frustrated parents, who believe that their daughter can be so much more than a beautician.

Then Sophia’s estranged friend reaches out from Manila, desperate for help. After a dubious accident, her fiery Auntie Rosy is on the verge of losing the Cine Star Salon—the place where Sophia first felt the call to become a hairstylist and salon owner. Coming to her auntie’s aid is not so easy though. Sophia worries helping might reopen old wounds and threaten the bright future she has planned.

Leah Ranada’s debut novel is a graphic and engaging depiction of the importance of women's work and the loyalties that connect friends across oceans. The Cine Star Salon marks the entry of a vital new voice in Canadian literature.

About Leah Ranada:

Leah Ranada was born in the Philippines. She moved to Canada in 2006, shortly after graduating from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. She attended The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University in 2013. Her short stories have appeared in On Spec, Room Magazine, Santa Ana River Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, and elsewhere. Leah has brought her administrative and editorial skills to legal, settlement services, and academic workplaces. She lives in New Westminster and blogs at leahranada.com.

About Last Tide:

Ana and Win find themselves stuck, lifting the weight of their pasts, while frustrated by their present jobs: photographing vacant lots and decayed industrial sites, cataloguing the decline of capitalist excess to digitally scrub away humanity, making way for more gentrification.

When the pair are sent by their employers to a rustic island in the Pacific Northwest—home to hippies, runaways, and survivalist preppers—they meet Lena, an oceanographer and climate scientist, who has moved to the island in search of “the big one,” the cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami that she knows is the island and the West Coast’s due; and Kitt, an athleisure clothing mogul, who is overseeing the construction of a vacation home that will serve as his apocalypse-shelter.

These four people’s lives intertwine as a police investigation throws life on the island into disarray, as activists and agents provocateurs take action, as dormant fault lines begin to tremble.

Andy Zuliani’s Last Tide is a vital debut novel and an edgy glimpse at a world just beyond tomorrow, and a sharp reminder of what society deems valuable.

About Andy Zuliani:

Andy Zuliani is a writer and multimedia artist who lives in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. He was born in the suburbs of Vancouver, and educated at Simon Fraser University and New York University. In his written and audio-visual work, he is drawn to the cultural afterlives of the 1960s; to the possibilities of ambience, tone, and collective feeling; and to narratives of crisis, of healing, and of improvised communities of care.