The Book Launch of “The Music Child & The Mahjong Queen” by Alfred A. Yuson

  • The Book Launch of “The Music Child & The Mahjong Queen” by Alfred A. Yuson :

This novel explores the marvels skirting the boundaries of realism, or goes much farther beyond after establishing adequate suspension of disbelief. Genres are blurred in the crafting of long fiction that is both poetry and prophecy. This the author does with visionary whimsy.

In this narrative, the central protagonist’s wondrous voice is stilled time and again by the deaths of his loved ones. Bereft of song, the boy finally learns to speak, then learns to turn the words of others into music on paper. The processes of mimicry and extrapolation result in an extended poetic suite that invents legends as well as a mythical conflict involving the imperialism of languages.

The music child’s extraordinary talents are matched by those of the young mahjong queen who can’t be beaten in the game since the angels of her youth speak through her fingers.

Around them, foreign friends and relations representing former colonizers provide a framework of discovery, while themselves dancing to the historic chorus of destiny in the magical East.

The music child and the mahjong queen endear themselves to one another through the palpable vocabulary of flowers.


  • Krip Yuson

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    Krip Yuson

    Alfred A. Yuson, nicknamed Krip, has more than 26 books to his name, and many  distinctions, including the 2009 Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas from UMPIL or Writers Union of the Philippines, the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan (Stalwart of Art and Culture) award from the City of Manila, a Rockefeller Foundation grant for residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy, and the SEAWrite (SouthEast Asian Writers) Award from Thai royalty for lifetime achievement. He has also been elevated to the Hall of Fame of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippines’ most prestigious literary distinction. In 2008 his draft manuscript "The Music Child" was shortlisted for the prestigious MAN Asia Prize for the Novel. He has enjoyed fellowships in various international writing programs, and participated in literary conferences, festivals and reading tours in the United States, Japan, China, Finland, Scotland, Thailand, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, South Africa, Colombia, Iran, Nicaragua, Ireland, and United Arab Emirates. He contributes a weekly arts and culture column to a national broadsheet, The Philippine Star, and a monthly lifestyle column to Illustrado magazine, published in Dubai. He taught fiction and poetry at Ateneo de Manila University, where he held the Henry Lee Irwin Professorial Chair.