UOG Press to release expanded version of ‘Mariquita’ novel
The University of Guam Press will soon release a fresh edition of the classic tale of Mariquita, a novel published in 1982 that has since become one of the most widely read books about the CHamoru experience during World War II on Guam. The book chronicles author Chris Perez Howard’s mother’s life before the war, her enduring strength during the Japanese occupation, and her tragic death at the end of it.
The new edition, titled “Mariquita — Revisited,” features more details about Mariquita’s life, photos, and actual letters written by Mariquita and her loved ones.
“When I first published ‘Mariquita – A Guam Story’ 37 years ago, I wrote in the preface that it was the most difficult project I had ever undertaken. Today, I still hold that same opinion. But if I had to do it again, I would most likely do it. Why? Because a greater force was pushing me to write it,” Howard writes in the new book. “This edition … aside from editorial changes and the blending of Mariquita’s character, also corrects some misconceptions, provides more information, and reflects my better understanding of Chamorro culture and Guam history.”
The newly revisited book includes letters written by Howard’s father, mother, and grandmother before, during, and after the war as well as new photos from his family collection and from the University of Guam’s Richard F. Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center.
“Mariquita – Revisited” will be released at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Micronesian Area Research Center in the second-floor lobby. The event will feature an author reading, book sales, and book signing.
In honor of Mariquita and her powerful story, Taiguini Books of the University of Guam Press will dedicate all proceeds made on the sale of this novel to publishing a collection of novels about the CHamoru experience titled the Mariquita Novel Series. Taiguini Books will seek fiction, historical fiction, and creative non-fiction novels that uncover key aspects of CHamoru history, culture, narratives, and epistemologies.
“Mariquita – Revisited” will be available for sale at the launch for $15 per book. After the launch, the book will also be sold at the UOG Triton Bookstore, on Amazon, and at other local bookstores.
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