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6th Filipino American International Book Festival Reading and Book Signing, October 16, 2022, 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Books, Inc. Alameda Reading and Book Signing, May 28, 2022, 1 p.m.
Reading and Author Talk at Ruby Bridges Elementary, May 19, 2022, 2 p.m.
Author Talk for AGL Foundation Auction Winner, May 18, 2022, 2 p.m.
Reading and Author Talk for Girl Scouts, May 5, 2022, 4 p.m.
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Houston Filipino American Book Club Pick and Author Talk
July 25, 2021

Q &A appearance during the Filipino Young Professionals of Houston discussion of The Hour of Daydreams.

Buckley the Highland Cow & Ralphy the Goat Author Reading via Zoom
April 30, 2021

In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, a children's picture book reading to second graders at Francophone Charter School of Oakland, California.

12:30 p.m.

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ShelterBox Book Club North America Book Club Q &A
December, 2020

Q & A on The Hour of Daydreams with the ShelterBox book club. ShelterBox is an international disaster relief organization focused on providing emergency shelter and tools that families need to self-recover after natural disaster and conflict. 

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Introduction to Fowzia Karimi at Mills Contemporary Writers Series
October 8, 2020

Presented by the Creative Writing and Literature program at Mills College. 

Renee will introduce Fowzia Karimi, writer, illustrator, and alumni of Mills. As Publishers Weekly describes, her illuminated debut novel Above Us the Milky Way “renders a family’s wartime emigration through a polyphonic mix of voices and genres along with evocative color illustrations and photographs.” 

October 26, 2019

Presented by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Eastwind Books, with Newberry Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly, Yves Lamson, Barbara Jane Reyes, Renee Macalino Rutledge, and Reno Ursal in conversation about the ways myth seeps into contemporary life, complicating clear divisions between the pre-colonial past and present.

2 to 4:30 p.m.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 Ninth Street, Suite 290

Oakland CA, 94607

Author Talk at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School

May 06, 2019

Book talk with the sophomore class of SJND.

1:15 p.m.

SJND Campus

Alameda, CA

Bay Area Book Festival, Booth 7

May 05, 2019

Author signing and book sale with the Mills College Creative Writing & Literature program. 

1 p.m.

Civic Center Plaza

Berkeley, CA

April 09, 2019

A reading alongside poet Claudia Castro Luna at the annual Contemporary Writers Series on the Mills College campus.

5:30 p.m.

Mills College

Oakland, CA

January 16, 2019

Conversation with author Steven Allred about his new novel, The Alehouse at the End of the World.

7:30 p.m.

Green Apple Books 

San Francisco, CA

October 11, 2018

Juried by Helon Habila, Madeleine Thien, and Maaza Mengiste, the New American Voices Award recognizes recently published works that illuminate the complexity of human experience as told by immigrants, whose work is historically underrepresented in writing and publishing. At Northern Virginia's oldest literary festival, I will join fellow finalists, Hernan Diaz and Elena Georgiou, for a reading and final award ceremony.

6 p.m.

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

May 31, 2018

Enjoy an evening of live readings from diverse Pinay voices in contemporary literature: Melissa Sipin, Elaine Castillo, Renee Macalino Rutledge, Trinidad Escobar and Janice Sapigao. Following the readings, write and share your own stories through a zine-making workshop with PAL. Instruction and materials will be provided. This program is brought to you by SFPL, SFMOMA Public Knowledge, and PAL / The Pilipinx American Library.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Public Knowledge Branch (SFMOMA)

151 3rd Street, Koret Education Center, 2nd floor

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Author Talk at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School

April 19, 2018

Book talk with the sophomore class of St. Joseph Notre Dame High School.

1 p.m.

SJND Campus

Alameda, CA

Reading and Book Signing

March 31, 2018

A reading and book signing at the Ukiah Branch Library in beautiful Mendocino County.

3 p.m.

105 N. Main Street

Ukiah, CA 

An Evening with Filipino American Writers

February 20, 2018

Sponsored by the Daly City Public Library, a reading and discussion alongside poet Tony Robles and short story writer Veronica Montes.

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Serramonte Main Library

Daly City, CA

MUTHA UP at LitCrawl SF

October 14, 2017

A reading alongside Mutha Magazine contributors Tyler Cohen, Rina Ayuyang, Sharline Chiang, and Allegra Hirschman.

Hummingbird Global Writers' Circle Reading

October 13, 2017

Started by Dr. Debotri Dhar, The Hummingbird Global Writers' Circle is a literary initiative that brings writers and communities together, in different parts of the world, to foster a love of books, ideas, and conversation. This evening's reading theme is Steep Hills.

6 to 8 p.m. 

Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

Fourth Filipino American International Book Festival

October 07, 2017

Hot of the Press reading at FilBookFest, alongside Mia Alvar, Veronica Montes, Marie Deaconu-Baylon, Linda Ty-Casper, Brian Ascalon Roley, Eliza Victoria, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Prosy Abarquez-Delacruz, M. Evelina Galang, and Myles Garcia. 

1:30 p.m.

San Francisco Main Library

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Keynote Speaker at 43rd Annual Outstanding Student of Filipino Ancestry Awards Ceremony

July 23, 2017

Each year, public and private schools in Alameda nominate deserving students to win this United Pilipinos of Alameda award based on academic achievement, character, and leadership abilities. As someone who received this award many years ago in the fifth grade, I'm honored to be part of the 43rd event, addressing the winning students as a Filipina American author who lives and works in their community. 

2 p.m.

Bay Farm Community Center, Alameda

Five Debut Novelists from the '17 Scribes Collective

June 27, 2017

KGB Bar & Lit Reading Series event alongside fellow '17 Scribes, Julie Pennell, Kate Brandes, Leah DeCesare, and Sandi Ward.

7 to 9 p.m. 21 and over. No cover charge. 

85 East 4th St., NYC

May 31, 2017

Book signing and sales by invitation from Principal Cammie Harris. Come to The Hour of Daydreams table to chat about writing, books, my novel, and being a Wood Middle School alumna at this special event commemorating the school's history and achievement. 

5:30 to 8 p.m.

Wood Middle School
420 Grand Street, Alameda

Book Talk Sponsored by AAUW

May 17, 2017

Book talk co-sponsored by the Alameda branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Alameda Author Series. AAUW's mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy,  and research.  Open to the public.

7 to 9 p.m., free

Cardinal Point, Alameda, CA

Portland Reading and Book Launch

April 03, 2017

Portland release of The Hour of Daydreams. Free and open to the public.

7:30 p.m. 

Powell's Books, 3723 SE Hawthorne, Portland, OR 97214 

Alameda Reading and Book Launch

March 14, 2017

Come celebrate the official release of The Hour of Daydreams! Free and open to the public.

7 p.m. 

Books, Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA

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