Join author M. Evelina Galang to discuss her first nonfiction book, "Lolas' House," from 7 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636 . 

Programs at the Library are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available at the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. 

"Lolas' House" tells the horrific and true stories of 16 surviving Filipino "comfort women," who were among the 1,000 Filipino women and girls kidnapped during World War II and forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army. Galang began researching these stories in the 1990s as 173 lolas - "grannies" in Tagalog - emerged after decades of shame and silence to demand recognition and justice from the Japanese government.

Galang entered into the lives of the surviving women at Lolas' House, a community center for comfort women's organizing in metro Manila.Galang has been named one of the most influential Filipinas in United States and at-large by the Filipino Women's Network. She is the author of the story collection "Her Wild American Self," novels "One Tribe" and "Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery," and the editor of "Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images.

"Among her numerous awards are the 2004 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Prize for the Novel and the 2007 Global Filipino Literary Award for "One Tribe." Galang directs the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami and is a core faculty and board member of Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation.

The book will be available for purchase and signing.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.