May 30, 2024:


The Cine Star Salon

The Cine Star Salon

The Cine Star Salon

Gold Medal Winner
2022 Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Award – Multicultural Fiction Category

Philippine-born Vancouverite Sophia is most grateful for two things: her modest hair salon and Adrian, her mild-mannered fiancé. She is eager to get married, move away from her highly educated but career-frustrated parents, who believe that their daughter can be so much more than a beautician.

Then Sophia’s estranged friend reaches out from Manila, desperate for help. After a dubious accident, her fiery Auntie Rosy is on the verge of losing the Cine Star Salon—the place where Sophia first felt the call to become a hairstylist and salon owner. Coming to her auntie’s aid is not so easy though. Sophia worries helping might reopen old wounds and threaten the bright future she has planned.

Leah Ranada’s debut novel is a graphic and engaging depiction of the importance of women’s work and the loyalties that connect friends across oceans. The Cine Star Salon marks the entry of a vital new voice in Canadian literature.

About the author

Leah Ranada

Leah Ranada’s stories have been published in On Spec (#115, vol 31 no. 1)Room Magazine (Issue 38.2)Santa Ana River ReviewScarlet Leaf Reviewemerge, and elsewhere.

Born in the Philippines, she moved to Vancouver in 2006 and made writing her permanent home. She attended The Writer’s Studio (TWS) at SFU.

Her debut novel, The Cine Star Salon, was released October 2021.

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Geoffrey D. Morrison

Geoffrey D. Morrison is author of the poetry chapbook Blood-Brain Barrier and coauthor of the experimental short fiction collection Archaic Torso of Gumby.

His debut novel, Falling Hour, was published in February, 2023 with Coach House Books and longlisted for the 2024 Dublin Literary Award.

He lives on unceded Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh territory.

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