UOG Press launches second novel by acclaimed CHamoru author Chris Perez Howard
The University of Guam Press will be launching "Juanit," its second book by acclaimed CHamoru author Chris Perez Howard.
The launch will be held at the Hagåtña Public Library on Friday, July 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be open to the public, and there will be free refreshments.
“Juanit” is a young adult novel that tells the story of a young girl of mixed ancestry who is uprooted from her home in Guam. When a series of painful events take place that leads her back to the island, she must learn how to make peace with both sides of her identity.
The novel is inspired by the experiences of Howard and two of her dear friends who are also CHamorus of mixed descent.
“At an early age, I was aware that I was of mixed ancestry. In my youth, when someone would question my identity, I told them I was ‘half-American and half-Guamanian,’” writes Howard in the book’s Preface. “It took me a long time to understand that neither term defined me. Today, if someone asks me, I tell them that I am CHamoru.
The novel also explores themes that may be unsettling to some readers, such as sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, drug use, and the loss of a parent.
“While these themes may be hard to talk about, it’s important that we do not shy away from them,” said UOG Press Publicist Via De Fant. “It’s through critical discussions of hard topics that we can strengthen communities and bridge gaps, especially with our youth. We invite people to join us at this special launch to learn more about ‘Juanit’ and its importance in the literary community.”
The book is available for a pre-sale price of $15.
Howard’s first novel, “Mariquita– Revisited,” will also be available for purchase at the launch. The book, tragic and tender with its honesty, chronicles the resilience of Howard’s mother during the waning days of World War II. It is considered one of the most widely read novels about the wartime experience in Guam.
Patrons are able to purchase “Juanit” and “Mariquita—Revisited” for a special bundle price of $27.
“Juanit” is available for purchase online at https://uogpress.com/product/juanit/, as well as at bookstores on the island, including Bestseller and the Triton Store.
Via De Fant, UOG Press Publicist
Phone: (671) 735-2153
Mangilao, Guam 96913
The University of Guam is a U.S. Land Grant and Sea Grant Institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. UOG is an equal opportunity provider and employer committed to diversity, equity and inclusion through island wisdom values of inadahi yan inagofli'e: respect, compassion, and community.