Crescenciana Virtual Book Release

On Sunday, May 1st at 5:00 PM EST we're happy to celebrate the book launch of CRESCENCIANA: A MEMOIR IN WORDS AND ILLUSTRATIONS with author and artist Kenneth Tan. This memoir is a multi-generational project about the significance of storytelling, ancestry, and resilience. Kenneth will discuss his artistic process, his love of his lola Crescenciana, and answer any questions about the making of this wonderful book. Joining details below:

Topic: Crescenciana Book Release with 27th Letter Books
Time: May 1, 2022 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 857 6448 5637
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Written by Kenneth Tan
Illustrated by Crescenciana Tan & Kenneth Tan

Seated side-by-side at their kitchen table in San Jose, California, 94 year old Crescenciana Tan and her grandson, Kenneth Tan, got to work. Crescenciana made watercolor paintings and Kenneth drew her memories on top of them. When Crescenciana passed, she left behind all of her paintings, and Kenneth decided he would finish everything she started. He promised.
     In Crescenciana, Kenneth weaves together their artwork, conversations, and memoirs to tell his grandmother’s life story. With heart and humor, he recounts her childhood antics in the Philippines, her fall on black ice outside a church in Canada, and her show- stopping civics test performance that earned her citizenship in the United States. At the same time, he revisits her memories as a survivor of World War II and the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, and he reflects on his grief since her passing.

Launching May 1, 2022 during AAPI Heritage Month, Crescenciana is an art book and memoir about carrying and commemorating your family’s stories. It’s a book about moving forward without leaving your loved ones behind.

Event date: 
Sunday, May 1, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
3546 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216-1007