Gina Apostol is a writer, author, novelist, educator, activist. She won two Philippine National Book Awards: for her very first book Bibliolepsy and then the The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata.

Her novel Gun Dealers’ Daughter (2013) revisits the Philippines during the period of Martial Law. Winner of the PEN/Open Book Award, the book tells the story of the young, bookish Soledad Soliman who falls in with her radical friends from a university in Manila, defying her wealthy parents and their society crowd. Drawn in by two romantic young rebels, Sol initiates a conspiracy that quickly spirals out of control. Years later, far from her homeland, Sol reconstructs her fractured memories, writing a confession she hopes will be her salvation. Illuminating the dramatic history of the Marcos-era Philippines, this story of youthful passion is a tour de force.