Event: Patty Enrado Presents: A Village in the Fields

Patty Enrado Presents: A Village in the Fields
Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 6-8pm | Ethnic Studies Library

Celebrate Filipino American History Month with Patty Enrado, Eastwind Books of Berkeley, and the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library.

In her debut novel, A Village in the Fields, Patty Enrado highlights a compelling but buried piece of American history: the Filipino-American contribution to the farm labor movement. 50 years ago, September 8, 1965, Filipino farm workers walked out of the fields and sparked the United Farm Workers Union movement.

To write this novel, Patty Enrado, the daughter of a farm worker, researched and interviewed Filipino farm laborers who were involved in the labor movement including her own family members. This intricately detailed story of love, loss, and human dignity spans more than eight decades and sweeps from the Philippines to the United States. In the vein of The Grapes of Wrath, A Village in the Fields pays tribute to the sacrifices that Filipino immigrant farm workers made to bring justice to the fields.

Published by Eastwind Books of Berkeley (2015). This book was debuted at the Delano celebration of Filipino Farm Labor activism on September 5, 2015.