WORD Presents Kenneth Tan

10/13/2022 - 7:00pm

FREE EVENT! Seating is Limited; RSVP below

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About the Book

Seated side-by-side at their kitchen table in San Jose, California, 94 year old Crescenciana Tan and her grandson, Kenneth Tan, got to work. Crescenciana made watercolor paintings and Kenneth drew her memories on top of them. When Crescenciana passed, she left behind all of her paintings, and Kenneth decided he would finish everything she started. He promised.

In Crescenciana, Kenneth weaves together their artwork, conversations, and memoirs to tell his grandmother’s life story. With heart and humor, he recounts her childhood antics in the Philippines, her fall on black ice outside a church in Canada, and her show-stopping civics test performance that earned her citizenship in the United States. At the same time, he revisits her memories as a survivor of World War II and the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, and he reflects on his grief since her passing.

Crescenciana is a memoir and art book about carrying and commemorating your family’s stories. It’s a book about moving forward without leaving your loved ones behind.


About the Author

Kenneth Tan is a second-generation Filipino American living in his hometown of San Jose. He has shared stories about his grandmother, Crescenciana Tan, on NPR and StoryCorps, and he is a recipient of the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Award. Kenneth enjoys boba, board games, and three-item lists. Crescenciana is his first book.

In conversation with

Deirdre Levy is the owner and founder of NYC Filipinos, LLC. Born and raised in NYC, Deirdre is a special education teacher working with children in grades K, 1, & 2. At the height of the pandemic, Deirdre along with Joey Golja and Lugao Kasberg, founded Project Barkada, where they were delivering meals to the frontline workers and in the Philippines. Recently, Deirdre has started the Filipino Books for Classrooms initiative to stop the violence and Asian hate by educating through Filipino stories.



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at WORD Bookstores, 126 Franklin St. Brooklyn, NY 11222

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