Rina Ayuyang Book Launch: Blame This on the Boogie
Thursday, November 8, 7:30pm
Pegasus Books Downtown
Join us for the hometown launch of Rina Ayuyang's Blame This on the Boogie at Pegasus Books in downtown Berkeley. Ayuyang will be in conversation with Thien Pham (Sumo).
Blame This on the Boogie is Ayuyang’s ode to the melody of the world, and how tuning out of life and into the magic of Hollywood can actually help an outsider find their place in it. In it she chronicles the adventures of a Filipino American girl born in the decade of disco who escapes life’s hardships and mundanity through the genre's feel good song and dance numbers. Ayuyang explores how the glowing charm of the silver screen can transform one’s reality, shaping their approach to childhood, relationships, sports, reality TV, and eventually politics, parenthood, and mortality.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Rina Ayuyang was always inspired by the Sunday newspaper funnies and slice-of-life tales. Her short stories have been nominated for the Ignatz and Eisner awards and she has been honored with a MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence silver medal. Her comics have appeared in Mutha Magazine and The Comics Journal. She is also the publisher of the micro comics imprint, Yam Books. Her first book was Whirlwind Wonderland. Ayuyang lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son.