Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host Lysley Tenorio, author of Monstress, KPBS’ 2014 One Book, One San Diego selection, in his only North County appearance on Monday November 17, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The author will discuss his book of short stories, Monstress, and how the Filipino culture and Filipino experience in America influence his works. KPBS is promoting this event as the official sponsor and reservations are required. RSVP by going to to secure a reservation.

Lysley Tenorio has written a brilliant collection of, vivid, heartbreaking, and gloriously unique short stories set amongst the Filipino-American communities of California and the Philippines. He will speak about his exploration of both the clash and blending of these two disparate cultures as his characters struggle to find connections, fight the melancholy of isolation, and escape the sometimes suffocating ties of family. Slate magazine calls Tenorio’s characters “zany, witty, and beautifully drawn.” The author’s visit is the highlight of Escondido Public Library’s partnership with KPBS’ 2014 One Book, One San Diego program.

  • Escondido Public Library also presents the following events in celebration of the 2014 One Book, One San Diego program:The Filipino-American Cultural Organization (FACO) Dance Group will perform on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 3:00—4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The FACO Dance Group promotes an appreciation and celebration of Filipino culture by performing classic Filipino dances in colorful, traditional costumes.

  • Children around the World: the Philippines, will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014, from 3:00—4:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Cora Cooks Pancit, by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, the 2014 One Book, One San Diego children’s selection, will be the featured book, along with a program that promotes Filipino history, culture, crafts, and music. This program is suitable for children ages 6 to 10 years old.

Programs for Escondido Public Library’s participation in 2014 One Book, One San Diego are supported by KPBS and the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on 2014 One Book, One San Diego programs at Escondido Public Library, contact Paul Crouthamel at 760-839-4814. To learn more about Escondido Public Library’s events and services, visit