Ninotchka Rosca to speak in T.O., Montreal

Ninotchka Rosca, author and international spokesperson of the Purple Rose Campaign, will speak at McGill University on May 11, 2007.

She will also give a presentation at opening show of “Field” on May 12 at the Montreal Arts Interculturel Theatre (MAI). “Field” is a critically acclaimed solo performance by preeminent modern dancer and choreographer, Alvin Erasga Tolentino.

Since its successful debut in 2003, “Field” has been hailed as “a cross-cultural journey, an evocative exploration, meeting and transformation of ethnicity and modernity.” The gala event is part of the Purple Rose Campaign, an international effort to end the sex trafficking of women and children with an emphasis on the situation of Philippine women and children.

In her presentations at McGill University and “Field,” Ms. Rosca will be discussing such issues as sex tourism, trafficking, the mail-order bride industry, and violence against women and children.

Ms. Rosca, a writer and activist based in New York, has written six books including the short story collections Bitter Country and Monsoon Country and the novels, State of War and Twice Blessed. Twice Blessed received the 1993 American Book Award.

In addition to her works of fiction, Ms. Rosca has also authored a historical account on the Marcos regime entitled The Fall of Marcos. Her most recent project was a biographical account of the exiled thinker, Jose Maria Sison, entitled Jose Maria Sison: A Home in the World – Portrait of a Revolutionary. Ms. Rosca’s works have been featured in several anthologies including The 1986 Best 100 Short Stories in the U.S. compiled by Raymond Carver.

Ms. Rosca has a long history as a human rights advocate for the Philippine people. She was one of Ferdinand Marcos’s harshest critics during Martial Law (1972 to 1981) and was a political prisoner as a result. She was a founding member of GABRIELA, the preeminent women’s rights mass organization in the Philippines. She is an active participant in numerous international forums and conferences in the area of human rights and is a current board member of the Survivors Committee, a network of former political prisoners. She has assumed leadership roles in Amnesty International and PEN American Centre – an organization of writers dedicated to furthering literature and championing free speech.

Tickets to “Field” are available through the Philippine Women Centre of Quebec. All proceeds will go toward the Purple Rose Campaign and Philippine Women Centres across Canada. For more information contact the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario at or call us at (416) 878-8772. To learn more about Ninotchka Rosca, you can visit her blogspot at