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A Book Reading and Celebration

OCT 27, 20226:30pm

Honeybrains, 8th Ave

Photo by Ron Lach

CELEBRATE critically-acclaimed and badass Filipino American writers changing the narrative 

Daphne Palasi Andreades Brown Girls 

Victor Manibo The Sleepless

Albert Samaha Concepcion

Daphne Palasi Andreades' debut novel BROWN GIRLS is, as author Raven Leilani says: "an ode to girlhood, inheritance, and the good trouble the body yields". It's a New York Times Editors' Choice and was so good that CUNY Baruch College, her alma mater, picked it for their incoming freshmen to read. Daphne was born and raised in Queens and holds an MFA from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Henfield Prize and a Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship. Her fiction often explores diaspora, immigration, and the far reaching effects of colonialism and imperialism. 

“A daring debut... FEARLESS.” —New York Times

Victor Manibo's debut science fiction noir novel THE SLEEPLESS explores grief, exploitation, and deceit in a futuristic capitalist society. It's a Buzzfeed Highly Anticipated Thriller for 2022. Victor is a Filipino speculative fiction writer and a 2022 Lambda Literary Emerging Voices Fellow. Specializing in constitutional and civil rights law from Cardozo School of Law, he spends his workdays defending immigrants from being removed from the country. As a queer immigrant and a person of color,  he writes about people who live these identities and navigate the world in his fiction. 

"A tale of insidious, corporate-capitalist implications . . . and the human consequences of a life without dreams." -- Booklist
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Albert Samaha's latest book, CONCEPCION, was a finalist for the 2022 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography and received a Whitling Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant. An ARK team required reading, Concepcion, interweaves the personal with the intricacies of colonialism and geopolitics. Albert teaches journalism at his alma mater Columbia University. His stories are so powerful and well researched that they have led to freeing a wrongfully convicted man from prison and pushed Congress and six states to pass bills strengthening police sexual misconduct laws.

"Absolutely EXTRAORDINARY... A landmark in the contemporary  of the diaspora." —Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror

Don’t hand out. CO-INVEST alongside families who are hungry and want to produce their own food for life.


Because of colonization and chemical farming, farmers in the Philippines and many places in the developing world are left with just 1 crop. Rice or corn. 


It is not enough income to feed their families. 


With Russia invading Ukraine, it has caused synthetic fertilizers to triple in price. 1 bag is equal to one families’ income during tag-gutom, hunger season, which coincides with their first cropping.


Many farmers did not plant. The hunger crisis just turned into a food insecurity crisis for the entire nation. 

Photo by Plato Terentev

Feed Back is a vegetable exchange that inspires families to farm in their backyards.


In 5 weeks families are sourcing nourishing food from their home. By 16 weeks, at the end of the program, families are supplying all the food needs of the village and selling to nearby villages and towns. Malnutrition is eliminated. Communities are happy, united and investing in each other.

Secure your Spot

Tickets get you a spot, wine, and hors d'oeuvre.
ARK board and Honeybrains are covering event cost. 
Every ticket you buy secures 1 family for life.

Honeybrains 916 8th Ave NYC

secure 1 family for life
1 ticket

*seating at first come first serve basis

secure 4 families for life
4 tickets

*seating at first come first serve basis

secure 20 families for life
a reserved table for 4


enable a neighborhood 
(60 families) to be food secure
a reserved table for 8, and
a bottle from a partner Sommelier’s stash

Future Maker
transform an entire village (300 families),
fuel them to be self-sustaining!
a reserved table for 8,
a bottle from a partner Sommelier's stash,
and a spot at our next Insider Trip

*get a sense of the trip here


To save every cent, we would prefer your contribution via check, Zelle or bank transfer. To coordinate, please email

In the US, ARK is a 501(c)3 organization and your contribution is tax-deductible.
EIN: 30-0559592. 

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Daphne Palasi Andreades | Rechelle Balanzat |  Liz Casasola | Michael Chung | Licelle Cobrador | Celina Cruz-Lopez | Ernabel Demillo | Jhonel Faelnar | Tina Hipolito | Lucille Javier | Deirdre Levy | Camille Malonzo | Victor Manibo | David McQueen | Vicente Morano | Kevin Nadal | Vina Orden | Gino Ragaas | Adrienne Romero | Albert Samaha | Marisa Seifan | Annika Uy | Ayesha Vera-Yu | Dianne Villaflor


When is the ticket sales deadline?

Secure your spot by Friday Oct. 22, 12nn EDT


Can I invite others?

Yes! Let’s grow our community and share our stories with more people.


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