The Halo-Halo Review, November 3, 2019
Truth takes many dimensions in Renee Macalino Rutledge’s debut novel The Hour of Daydreams, a valiant bid at enshrining Filipino lore and mythmaking in American literary consciousness. (more)
That Bookshelf Bitch, December 23, 2018
Blogger Shealea's post on unique fantasy retellings and re-imaginings for #Project14Lists.
BookRiot, November 29, 2018
BookRiot's recommended list of low fantasy titles, including The Hour of Daydreams, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Boy Snow Bird, and Cloud Atlas.
Books and Boba, October 16, 2018
Interview with Reera Yoo and Marvin Yueh of the Books and Boba book club and podcast.
Fairfax Times, October 11, 2018
"Immigrant voices and experiences can be a mirror in which America can better sees it’s real and current self … this is why their work is invaluable, and they are finally being recognized!...(more)"
Bustle, July 27, 2018
Books writer Maddy Foley on what this inaugural prize means. Judge Maaza Mengiste: "Above all it is a quiet insistence that the story of America has always been a story of foreigners...(more)"
Publishers Weekly, July 25, 2018
"Hernán Díaz, Renee Macalino Rutledge, and Elena Georgiou have been named finalists for the inaugural Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award, created by Fall for the Book, one of Northern Virginia's oldest literary festivals, in order to, 'illuminate the complexity of human experience as told by immigrants, whose work is historically underrepresented in writing and publishing...(more)'"
Fall for the Book, July 23, 2018
Finalist announcement for The Center for Immigration Research's New American Voices Award, created to "recognize recently published works that illuminate the complexity of human experience as told by immigrants."
Foreword Reviews, June 15, 2018
The Hour of Daydreams announced as Gold Winner in the Multicultural Category for the 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year. The award was created by Foreword Reviews to honor the very best of indie publishing year year, when thousands of books are entered and a panel of 120 librarians and booksellers take part in judging.
Literary Mama, May 16, 2018
Author Janet E. Irvin reviews The Hour of Daydreams: "Rutledge has crafted an exquisitely haunting tale that astounds and confounds, that invites the reader to enter a fabulistic world in search of ordinary truth...(more)"
Literary Mama, May 16, 2018
Interview for Literary Mama's "Conversations" column, with author Janet E. Irvin.
Foreword Reviews, March 20, 2018
The Hour of Daydreams is announced as a 2017 Indies Finalist in the Adult Multicultural Category.
Powells.com, December 31, 2017
The Hour of Daydreams is included in Powell's Top Fives of 2017.
Halo Halo Review, December 15, 2017
Q&A with Halo Halo Review editor and poet, Eileen Tabios.
PositivelyFilipino.com, December 14, 2017
For her article listing recently published books by Filipino Americans, author Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard adds that the "multiplier effect" is another reason books make great gifts. Find The Hour of Daydreams alongside new fiction, like North for Sun and The Newspaper Widow, nonfiction, and poetry.
35over35.com, December 12, 2017
The Hour of Daydreams earns a place in the annual 35 Over 35 list of debut authors recognized for continuing to write, and who published their first books this year.
BarbaryJaneReyes.com, December 7, 2017
The Hour of Daydreams makes a crowd sourced list of 40 recommended reading titles by pinay and pinxy authors to gift this holiday season.
Lessons from Debut Authors
MeghanMastersonauthor.com, November 14 & 22, 2017
WarrenAdler.com, October 18, 2017
Managed by Stonehouse Productions, the Writers of the World "Why I Write" column includes pieces by diverse, globally recognized authors, including Lisa See, Okey Ndibe, Pia de Jong, and many more.
The FilAm: A Magazine for Filipinos in New York, September 26, 2017
"The Hour of Daydreams is a gem of a book. Lush and richly imagined, its sensual and lyrical prose keeps readers in suspense over the lover’s fates. In essence, The Hour of Daydreams does what its characters do: it creates beauty out of hurt and pain..."(more)
Heavy Feather Review, September 14, 2017
"There is something elegantly understated and delicate about The Hour of Daydreams. Rutledge is clearly a talented writer, with a unique skill for breathing life into everyday scenes...a powerful achievement."(more)
Alameda Sun, August 24, 2017
Local coverage of 43rd Annual Outstanding Students of Filipino Ancestry Awards, where I was honored to be the keynote speaker.
Book Riot, August 21, 2017
The Hour of Daydreams on Book Riot's list of 9 recommended books.
Diversifying Perspectives, August 18, 2017
Interview with book blogger, Maygin Reads.
Diversifying Perspective, August 8, 2017
Blogger Maygin on reality and trauma creating her frame of reference for The Hour of Daydreams. Maygin's personal experience both impacts and is impacted by the book: "While reading this story, I felt less alone. I did not want Tala’s story to end. I wanted as much time with her as possible. There is so much beauty in her story, it was hard to let it go..." (more)
Diversifying Perspective, August 7, 2017
"The story is beautifully told and unfolds at a solid pace which kept me engaged throughout the book. The point of view changes, but in a seamless way. The ending provided enough resolution to leave me satisfied, but enough uncertainty to make this feel a bit like a fairy tale..." (more)
Read Her Like an Open Book, July 30, 2017
The Hour of Daydreams makes Bill Wolfe's list, along with with Pachinko, The Pathless Sky, Heat & Light, and The Given World.
Book Advice, List of Great Literature, July 24, 2017
The Hour of Daydreams is #11 on the list of literary gems, which includes Are You Sleeping, by Kathleen Barber; Child Finder, by Rene Denfeld; The Refugees, by Viet Thanh Nguyen; and A House Among the Trees, by Julia Glass.
Paper Wanderer, July 22, 2017
"The story builds a quiet atmosphere filled with fierce longing throughout the book. The Hour of Daydreams is a complex story that tugs at the threads that people weave together." (more)
What the Log Had to Say, July 20, 2017
Interview questions by blogger Wendy Tuxworth.
Bonnie Dodge, June 26, 2017
Interview questions by author and writer Bonnie Dodge.
Foreword Reviews Book of the Day, June 26, 2017
"These stories are both separate and one in Renee Macalino Rutledge’s stunning, dreamy novel The Hour of Daydreams, which borrows from Filipino folktales to create a story of love and loss that is unlike any other." (more)
Reviews by Amos Lassen, June 15, 2017
"This is a story that can be read from two different angles— as a beautiful and well-told story or as a look at the value of storytelling.... Read it once for the story and then read it again for the challenges. In fact, as I write this, I am thinking that I want to read it again… and again."(more)
PositivelyFilipino.com, May 24, 2017
My essay for The Margins, "Writing Toward Home," on writing a novel based in the Philippines, is listed on Positively Filipino's "In the Know" column.
KBOO, May 11, 2017
Talking representation, memory, and myth with journalist Jake Vermaas on KBOO's "Between the Covers."
RoseCityReader.com, May 6, 2017
My Q&A with Gilion Dumas on writing, research, day jobs, and two things I refuse to do on social media.
Maganda Magazine, April 29, 2017
Interview in UC Berkeley's Maganda, issue#30: "Trial." Maganda is the longest running Filipino literary arts publication in the nation.
RoseCityReader.com, April 24, 2017
The Hour of Daydreams featured on Mailbox Monday.
ElectricLiterature.com, April 20, 2017
The Hour of Daydreams is listed under Forest Avenue Press, described as publishing "a balance between the fresh, complex, sometimes nutty, and often-wondrous approach to storytelling."
EPClarkAuthor.net, April 4, 2017
"The temptation to stitch everything together into an overly tidy ending is resisted, and what is left is more of an impressionistic sketch of a plot and resolution rather than a clear A=B conclusion, like the daydreams suggested in the title.... A beautiful addition to genre of magic realism and Filipino literature." (more)
MyJamaicanVignettes.com, April 1, 2017
Four-star review by Chantel Dacosta: "The Hour of Daydreams by Renee M. Rutledge is one of the first books I requested from the NetGalley multi-culture category. I loved it... As a Jamaican I cannot assess how faithful the novel was to the traditional Filipino narratives. However, this is magical realism done right." (more)
NWBookLovers.org, March 31, 2017
The Hour of Daydreams featured on One Nightstand.
Forest Avenue Press, March 26, 2017
Publisher Laura Stanfill on launching the first author from outside Oregon at the first out-of-state launch party at Books, Inc. in Alameda, California.
Literary Hub, March 22, 2017
The Qwillery, March 22, 2017
Part of the 2017 Debut Author interviews. The Qwillery's Debut Author Challenge encourages participants to read at least 12 debut novels in 2017.
VictoriaFullard.com, March 21, 2017
Interview with writer and editor Victoria Fullard, who says, "Renee Macalino Rutledge, in her debut novel The Hour of Daydreams, invites us to imagine a world where women remove their wings to bathe in midnight rivers, where fish rain down from the sky, where mothers become demons (or is it angels?) and disappear."
Shelf Awareness, March 15, 2017
Award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly lists The Hour of Daydreams as a book she evangelizes for in an interview for Shelf Awareness News.
Fiction Writers Review, March 13, 2017
"Beyond the tight weaving of Filipino fairy tales throughout the story, most impressive about Rutledge’s novel is her use of imagery to pull the reader into the mind of each character.... And in conjunction with the spiraling effect she creates in a story falling from truth into myths and back up again, The Hour of Daydreams reminds us that no matter what story we tell, the truth remains, waiting in the shadows until we are ready and willing to face it." (more)
Asia Books, March 2017
The Hour of Daydreams is a featured new release alongside Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee, and The Refugees, by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
The Qwillery, March 13, 2017
The Hour of Daydreams makes The Qwillery's list of March debut books.
Cover Story: "The Hour of Daydreams: Alameda Author Launches First Book"
Alameda Journal, March 10, 2017
Forest Avenue Press, March 10, 2017
Article including a preliminary list of indie bookstores across the country carrying the book.
Tor.com, March 9, 2017
The Hour of Daydreams makes Tor's list of March genre-benders.
'17 Scribes, March 8, 2017
Renee answers author Kate Brandes' questions on the process of writing her book, including her favorite part about writing it and advice to the reader.
East Bay Times, March 7, 2017
SarahCypher.com, March 3, 2017
Alameda Sun, March 2, 2017
"The Hour of Daydreams is stunningly retold with such imagery the words seem to lift off of the page.... The prospect of finding the elusive truth makes for a compelling read." (more)
Forest Avenue Press, January 23, 2017
Publisher Laura Stanfill on selecting The Hour of Daydreams as the first title upon opening for national submissions, with a new blurb announcement from award-winning author Leslye Walton.
Literary Mama, January 18, 2017
"Good stories—and great books—have the power to take you out of your everyday life and draw you into a majestic or magical world. The Hour of Daydreams by Renee Macalino Rutledge is one such book." (more)
The Bookshelf, January 10, 2017
In this author interview, SJ Sindu recommends The Hour of Daydreams as a "book to look out for in 2017."
BookStalkerBlog, January 9, 2017
"The writing is beautiful and the fantastical elements that alter the ordinary painful love story make it more than just another story of loss." (more)
The Oregonian, January 4, 2017
The Hour of Daydreams makes list of 24 books that Pacific Northwest booksellers, librarians, and authors anticipate in 2017.
Oakland Magazine, December 2016
The Hour of Daydreams on the Oakland Magazine Media Shelf.
University of La Verne's Prism, November 2016
"Rutledge does a great job of molding together realistic situations with fantasy elements, blurring the lines between what is real and what we simply choose to believe. The characters have substance and the tensions of the story are subtle but effective....This novel was an intriguing and exciting read from start to finish." (more)
BarbaraJaneReyes.com, October 11, 2016
MareliThalkInk.blogspot.co.za, July 6, 2016
The Hour of Daydreams included in an article on book jackets with a common characteristic: feathers.
UtOmniaBene.blogspot.com, June 4, 2016
Cover designer Gigi Little on creating the book cover.
SandiWardBooks.com, May 31, 2016
"Whimsical and imaginative...I enjoyed reading this story as I would read a poem, open to the possibilities. Ultimately, this is a story about human connection, ambitions, and dreams." (more)
Forest Avenue Press, June 3, 2015