The Hour of Daydreams: Finalist for the New American Voices Award

PORTLAND, OREGON—Renee Macalino Rutledge’s debut novel, The Hour of Daydreams (Forest Avenue Press),has been selected as one of three finalists for the Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award. This is the award’s inaugural year. In the Distance by Hernán Díaz (Coffee House)–a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize–and The Immigrant’s Refrigerator by Elena Georgiou (GenPop) are also […]

’17 Scribes Reading in NYC

Renee Macalino Rutledge, author of The Hour of Daydreams, will read with four other debut women novelists at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27. Kate Brandes, Leah DeCesare, Julie Pennell, and Sandi Ward will be joining Renee. All five are part of the ’17 Scribes international debut author collective. “A big, multi-city book tour was never on […]

From the Publisher’s Desk: After Launch

The Hour of Daydreams, by Renee Macalino Rutledge, is out now! This exquisite debut novel reimagines a Filipino star maiden folktale through the perspectives of newlyweds, their family members, and villagers. It’s a book about community, as all our Forest Avenue titles are. Here’s an excerpt published this week on Literary Hub. Renee’s friends, neighbors, and family came out […]

Launching Tuesday: The Hour of Daydreams

We’re so excited about the March 14 launch of Renee Macalino Rutledge’s debut novel, The Hour of Daydreams, a reimagining of a Filipino folktale about a winged star maiden. Buy local–please–and you’ll support an independent press, a debut author, and a business in your community. Bookstores that have it on the shelves now–or will soon–include Powell’s, Books Inc., […]

From the Publisher’s Desk: Characters with Wings

This winter, I told a friend that The Hour of Daydreams (March 2017) is a reimagined Filipino folktale about a woman with wings. She immediately offered this remark: “My mother told me when I got married that my husband would take my wings, and I’ve been trying to regrow them ever since.” That was a breathtaking moment for me, contemplating how this […]