In Charlene Sayos words,
" THE ADVENTURES OF THE MONTREAL BEAUTY QUEEN tells the stories of my eccentric Filipino grandmother, "Mamang" Mary Diocson as she sashays along Montreal sidewalks and church basements with her sass and trusty shopping cart in tow. Sifting through memories coloured with chismis, The Montreal Beauty Queen brings together three generations of women storytellers navigating themes of immigration, family conflict, and reinvention, poised against the backdrop of dance parties, cable TV and sequins. Go ahead, throw on your best party dress, turn up the cha-cha and follow the urban tales of Montreal's self-proclaimed Beauty Queen!"
Stories and words by Charlene Sayo, illustrations by Alejandra Zamudio