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Global Debut by one of Asia’s best writers Danton Remoto, an LGBT literary-fiction book written like a memoir


216 Pages, 5.1 x 7.8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $22.95 (CA $30.95) (US $22.95)

Publication Date: December 2020

ISBN 9789814882866

Rights: US, CA, UK & EUR

Penguin Random House SEA (Dec 2020)

Price: $22.95


Riverrun is a novel that talks about the rite of passage in the life of a young gay man who grew up in a colorful and chaotic dictatorship. Shaped in the form of a memoir, it glides from childhood to young adulthood, from provincial barrio to cosmopolitan London. Its chapters are written like flash fiction, talk stories, and vignettes; interlaced with recipes, a feature article, poems, and vivid songs. Riverrun marks the global debut of one of Asia's best writers.


"I am a fan of the works of Danton Remoto." —Junot Diaz, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for the novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

"Set during the Marcos years, rich in childhood memories of local customs, myths and food. A compelling and entertaining coming-of-age memoir about a Filipino young man's discovery of his sexuality." —Suchen Christine Lim, Winner of the Singapore Literature Prize and the South East Asia Write Award

"Danton Remoto is an accomplished writer whose fiction is marked by elegant and intense language. I am also impressed with the social concern in his writing, wrought well in images so clear it is like seeing pebbles resting at the bottom of a pond." —Sir Stephen Spender, Winner of the Golden PEN Award, Appointed as United States Poet Laureate

"Danton Remoto is such a wonderful writer. In Riverrun: A Novel, he writes about the tropical Catholic magic that saves and destroys." —Tiphanie Yanique, Winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award and the Flaherty Dunnan Prize for the novel Land of Love and Drowning

"I like the passion and the intensity in the fiction of Danton Remoto. Most importantly, I like the fact that he writes with heart—which is the only way to write." —Bienvenido N. Santos, Winner of the American Book Award for Scent of Apples and Other Stories, Winner of the South East Asia Write Award

"Danton Remoto is one of the Philippines' best writers." —The Age of Melbourne 

"The exquisite writings of Danton Remoto form part of the Philippines' new heart." —James Hamilton-Paterson, Winner of the Whitbread Award for the Novel, UK, author of the acclaimed novel, Cooking with Fernet Branca 

"The fiction of Danton Remoto is part of South East Asia's literature of dissent. He writes with clarity and compassion about growing up in a region that is in never-ending ferment." —Asiaweek Magazine 

Author Biography

Danton Remoto is a Professor of Creative Writing and Head of School, English, at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. He was educated at Ateneo de Manila University, University of Stirling, University of the Philippines, and Rutgers University. He has received fellowships and honours from the Asian Scholarship Foundation, British Council, Fulbright Foundation, and the Don Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature, among others. The Writers' Union of the Philippines gave him a National Achievement Award in Literature (Gawad Balagtas sa Panitikan) in 2015. He was a Fellow at the Cambridge Conference on Contemporary Literature at Downing College, Cambridge University and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference at Middlebury College, Vermont. He has published a book of short fiction, three books of poems, and five books of non-fiction, all written originally in English. His body of work is cited in The Routledge Concise History of Southeast Asian Writing in English, The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Literature, and The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature.