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Shirley Camia launches new book in Winnipeg

   Shirley Camia
Author Shirley Camia

WINNIPEG – Former Winnipegger Shirley Camia will launch her book of poetry, The Significance of Moths, at McNally Robinson bookstore in Winnipeg on April 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Camia is a broadcast journalist now based in Toronto who has covered stories of local, national and international interest to Canadians for CBC Radio in Winnipeg, Toronto, Iqaluit and central Newfoundland.

Born in Winnipeg’s West End, Camia’s poetry describes her experiences as a child of Filipino immigrants in a strict Catholic household where she found her freedom in books. Her published work is the culmination of her dogged childhood determination, interactions with everyday life and the support of talented poets who believed in her imagination.

The Significance of Moths draws its inspiration from the Filipino traditional belief that the recently deceased may return in the form of a moth. Though their bodies disintegrate, their spirits linger on. Fragile but insistent, these spirit-memories permeate Shirley Camia’s collection of poetry.

Published by Turnstone Press, Camia’s latest work exposes her experiences in Canada as a child of immigrants. Although true for many, the newcomer experience magnifies the “strands of the past” that are “bound to the present.” Like a voyager though time and space, she perceives her present through a film of nostalgia for a home she never knew, while she faces a future laden with the expectations of a family who risked everything for a better tomorrow.

In addition to her book launching, Shirley Camia will also be the keynote speaker at #Ekspresyon 2015 Philippine Heritage Youth Forum presented by Anak Inc. at Canad Inns Polo Park on Friday, April 17. She will speak about the importance of the arts in fostering unity and participation among Filipino-Canadian youth.

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