Filipino-Canadian author debuts novel at LiterASIAN festival

VANCOUVER — A voice from the Filipino community was included among the notable Asian Canadian authors, who graced the sixth annual LiterASIAN festival.

Vincent Ternida debuted his novel, “The Seven Muses of Harry Salcedo,” during the festival.

The novel, which draws on his third culture perspective and life experience in Vancouver, was also inspired by his father.

The opportunities started opening up for Ternida when the Ricepaper Magazine published his short stories.

Magazine editor William Tham says he likes the way Ternida wove the anecdotes, episodes and his own observations together.

So he and festival executive director Allan Cho encouraged Ternida to write his book.

The LiterAsian festival to shine a light on the works of Asian-Canadian authors from Vancouver, and embrace multiple views from different voices.

But Cho says Canada still has a long way to go towards the inclusion of writers from different ethnic groups.

“The Seven Muses of Harry Salcedo” is currently only sold in literary events, through Ricepaper or through Facebook.

But Ternida hopes it will be available to a wider audience soon through Amazon.


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