Eastwind Book Club and Author Talk: Arsenic and Adobo

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Join us for Book Club, followed by an author talk! This January, we will be reading Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

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Eastwind Book Club is a community of readers connected by Asian and Asian American literature. Members gather once a month through a virtual meeting to discuss the month’s book selection. The January book club pick is Arsenic and Adobo. Our regular book club will start at 2pm. Joining us later at 3:00pm for an author talk is Mia P. Manansala herself! This is a book club meeting you definitely don't want to miss! 

The book club meeting will take place via Zoom on Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 2-3pm PST. The author talk will immediately follow book club, Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 3-4pm PST. Register to receive the meeting link and discussion documents.

Book Club members can use coupon code EWBOOKCLUB22 for a 10% discount.

Copies of Arsenic and Adobo are available for order at Choose to ship your orders to your home or select in-store pick up at Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2066 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704.

Join our Book Club Facebook group to engage in conversation throughout the month:

This event is co-sponsored by OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates Bay Area Chapters.

About the Book:

The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one that might just be killer....

When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She's tasked with saving her Tita Rosie's failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty food critic (who happens to be her ex-boyfriend) drops dead moments after a confrontation with Lila, her life quickly swerves from a Nora Ephron romp to an Agatha Christie case.

With the cops treating her like she's the one and only suspect, and the shady landlord looking to finally kick the Macapagal family out and resell the storefront, Lila's left with no choice but to conduct her own investigation. Armed with the nosy auntie network, her barista best bud, and her trusted Dachshund, Longanisa, Lila takes on this tasty, twisted case and soon finds her own neck on the chopping block…

About the author:

Mia P. Manansala (MAH-nahn-sah-lah) (she/her) is a writer and book coach from Chicago who loves books, baking, and bad-ass women. She uses humor (and murder) to explore aspects of the Filipino diaspora, queerness, and her millennial love for pop culture.

She is the winner of the 2018 Hugh Holton Award, the 2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, the 2017 William F. Deeck - Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, and the 2016 Mystery Writers of America/Helen McCloy Scholarship. She's also a 2017 Pitch Wars alum and 2018-2020 mentor.


Eastwind Book Club is co-sponsored by OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates Bay Area Chapters

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Eastwind Books of Berkeley has been serving the public providing books on Asian American diverse cultures, Ethnic Studies, history, and literature since 1982. Celebrating more than 20 years in Berkeley, Eastwind Books of Berkeley has provided the public with meaningful and relevant books for our times. Eastwind supports and promotes various authors at book events including: The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons, Other: An Asian Pacific Islander Prisoners Anthology, and is something colonial. Visit us in-store at 2066 University Avenue, Berkeley or online at

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