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Randy Ribay with Mitali Perkins

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States (map)

We're thrilled to invite you to celebrate the launch of Patron Saints of Nothing, Randy Ribay’s powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder..


Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the college in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story. Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth -- and the part he played in it. As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.


“Brilliant, honest, and equal parts heart-breaking and soul-healing. I’ll give this astounding book to all the teens and adults in my life. I suspect you will, too. I’d give it 50 stars if I could.” Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Speak and SHOUT

Randy Ribay was born in the Philippines and raised in the Midwest. His previous titles include An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes and the highly acclaimed  After the Shot Drops. A graduate of the University of Colorado and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ribay taught English on the East Coast for a decade but now teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mitali Perkins will be joining Randy on stage. She has written 12 books for young readers including Forward Me Back to You, You Bring the Distant Near, Rickshaw Girl, and Between Us and Abuela, all of which explore crossing different kinds of borders.

Earlier Event: June 11
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