Monday, October 21, 2019

Krip Yuson writes a Recap of the 5th Filipino American Int'l Book Festival




Humanity, Diversity & Resistance in the Arts
By Krip Yuson
The Philippine Star, Oct. 21, 2019


So many books, so little time.
Once again, this disproportion came into sorry focus during my brief participation at the 5th Filipino American International Book Festival held at the San Francisco Main Library from Oct. 11 to 13. Organized biennially by the Philippine American Artists & Writers Inc. (PAWA), this year’s fest had the theme “Isang Mundó: Humanity, Diversity, and Resistance in the Arts” — with over 80 writers from several countries and all over the USA converging for readings, panel discussions and book signings.   
From Manila, invited were novelist-journalist Criselda Yabes, poet Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, fictionist Angelo “Sarge” Lacuesta, and this writer. I was giddy to meet up too with my godson Lucas Lacuesta at the opening gala reception, as well as old Fil-Am friends: poet Eugene Gloria, poet-novelist R. Zamora “Zack” Linmark, poet Elmer Omar Pizo (a Silliman University National Writers Workshop alumnus now based in Honolulu), journalist-author Benjamin “Boying” Pimentel, photographer-author Rick Rocamora, Ricco Siasoco, journalist-author Walter Ang, and artist Mel Vera Cruz. Also shook hands for the first time with Paloma Press publisher and poet Aileen Cassinetto.

The next few days would feature more meet-ups with old friends and erstwhile unseen correspondents. On Day 2, I joined the first of the “Hot Off the Press” author readings at Koret Auditorium, moderated by novelist Cecilia Brainard. The other readers were Walter Ang, Betty Ann Quirino, E.J. Ramos David, Cindy Fazzi, Grace Talusan, Cassinetto, Pizo, Yabes, and Brainard. San Francisco’s hotshot poet Tony Robles live-streamed this event on FB, where it may still be found.

Read more at https://www.philstar.com/lifestyle/arts-and-culture/2019/10/21/1961796/humanity-diversity-resistance-arts?fbclid=IwAR1oKYIMUwj5r4PsJ-DgcWh0mIMEHbUQ7H_4OyNuhKAgLyEc1zX7ybVaG8Q#RprAc1xWCMuuF5Fb.99


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Many thanks to Krip Yuson for mentioning me and HOTP readers.




tags: Philippines, Filipino, literature, books, writers, authors, #FilAmBookfest #FilAmLitFest 

You can watch the entire first HOTP reading on Facebook streamed by Tony Robles:

Read also:  

Inquirer.net: Int'l Book Festival in SF to Gather Filipino Authors

Thursday, October 17, 2019

New Books from the Diaspora by Inquirer.net



Thanks to Inquirer.net for this article:

https://usa.inquirer.net/43362/new-books-from-the-diaspora-star-in-5th-fil-am-intl-book-festival?fbclid=IwAR2fJXM2T5-P0NRpSpl6Ai7nd2RnCPT6ytXJULLkSnNWB4vAah9mcFK3Y2g

New Books from the Diaspora Star in 5th FilAm Int'l Book Festival (Inquirer.net, Oct. 17, 2019) 



New books by Filipinos were introduced during the Hot Off the Press literary readings at the Filipino American International Book Festival.

Hosted by the Philippine American Writers and Artists, the festival is held every other year. The theme for this year was “Humanity, Diversity and Resistance in Arts.”
In addition to the literary readings, authors, poets, educators and journalists from all over the world participated in performances and discussion panels. Activities for young readers included storytelling, a puppet show, crafts, and coloring.

Held at the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Public Library’s main branch, each reading showcased up to 10 authors where they talked about or read from their books, giving the audience a sample of their work.

The writers traveled from the Philippines, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and various parts of the United States to let people know about the fruits of their labor: writings about food, families, growing up, fantasy worlds, knowledge they had gleaned, anger, pain, but also love.

Walter Ang read from his Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History. Betty Ann Quirino charmed the audience with the courtship story of her parents that involved rice, a story from her cookbook Instant Filipino Recipes: My Mother’s Traditional Philippine Food in a Multicooker Pot). Also about food, Jacqueline Chio-Lauri shared an excerpt from her The New Filipino Kitchen anthology.
The poets delighted with their verses and passion: Aileen Cassinetto (The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves and Speak Poetry Anthology, Volume 1), Elmer Omar Bascos (Leaving Shadow Behind Us), Arlene Biala (One Inch Punch), and Melinda Luisa de Jesus (peminology). Absent, but missed, was Leny Strobel (Glimpses: A Poetic Memoir).

Visiting from the Philippines were Rin Chupeco (Shadow Glass), Sarge Lacuesta (Coral Cove and City Stories), Criselda Yabes (Broken Islands and Crying Mountain) and Alfred Yuson (The Music Child & the Mahjong Queen) and.

The fiction writers read excerpts from their stories: Cindy Fazzi (My MacArthur), Ricco Siasoco (The Foley Artist: Stories), Yves Lamson (Bodies of Water), and Cecilia Brainard (Melisande in Paris and When the Rainbow Goddess Wept).

Grace Talusan read from her memoir The Body Papers and E.J. Ramos David read letters he had written to his children from his book We Have Not Stopped Trembling Yet: Letters to My Filipino-Athabascan Family. Rick Rocamora showed his photobook Human Wrongs.

“As host and moderator of HOTP since 2011, I [had] to coordinate the events with the writers,” wrote Cecilia Brainard in a Facebook post after the festival. “And in so doing, have a closer look at their work and their character … To me, most of these writers are warriors, the thinkers of our Filipino and Filipino American communities. They are the ones who preserve our culture and our stories.

“A writer I knew, Emma Gee, gave advice to other writers: Don’t wipe your feet. Leave tracks. I share this same advice to these writers and others out there: Don’t wipe your feet. Leave tracks.”

tags: Philippines, Philippine, Filipino, books, FilAm, literature, writers, authors, poetry, novels

Emmanuel Gonzalez E-book "Crazy Wild Ideas" Released




Now available in E-book is "Crazy Wild Ideas: Out-of-the-Box Solutions for Fixing the Philippines, by Emmanuel "Manny" Gonzalez. The book has a wonderful Foreword by noted journalist Boo Chanco and illustrations by Brandon Chavez.

Manny Gonzalez has been my Guest Blogger, with posts about restaurants and food, Bitcoins, Catalunya, and other topics.

His new book is available from Kindle.  A well-known businessman and native-Cebuano, Manny Gonzalez is also CEO of Plantation Bay Resort Hotel in Mactan.

Read on about his new book.







CRAZY WILD IDEAS: A BOOK THAT WILL IGNITE FIERCE DEBATE ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A FILIPINO

            World traveler and social-political commentator, Emmanuel “Manny” Gonzalez, has completed a pet project – a tongue-in-cheek E-book about the serious subjects of national identity, mission, and morale.  Crazy Wild Ideas: Out-of-the-Box Solutions for Fixing the Philippines is illustrated by Brandon Chavez. Well-known journalist Boo Chanco provides an incisive Foreword.

            Gonzalez wrote the book in a breezy conversational style rather than (what he calls) stuffy “scholarly” language. The humor is tongue-in-cheek. Wry and sometimes outrageous commentary is interwoven with fact, logic, and sentiment. The book is laced with witticisms, irreverent observations, and amusing historical vignettes, even while it carries a highly original message which will appeal to thoughtful people. Gonzalez notes that he had done extensive research for the book although he avoided including footnotes. Chavez’s humorous illustrations nicely complement the text.

            The book’s core message is this: Nationalism consists of Identity, Mission, and Morale. Gonzalez explains that Nations involve Millions of People and many kinds of interaction, so National Symbols must be carefully chosen and Promoted to Help the Average Citizen Identify with the Nation, “Buy in” to a shared Mission, and Feel Pride in Doing So (Morale).

            The book looks at diverse subjects such as the flag, national food dishes, national attire, sports, holidays and vacations, and others. The conclusion of the book is a resounding, patriotic call to national pride.

            Get the book now on Kindle in Amazon, and join the debate: 

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Read also:
My Cousin, the Biz Wis, Profile of Manny Gonzalez 
Bitcoin - The Emperor Has No Clothes
Barcelona by Bar
Catalunya Independence Crisis Explained - Part 1

Tags: books, writers, author, Philippines, Cebu, Manny Gonzalez, Mactan, Plantation Bay

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Japan Tour: Hiroshima 2019



In Hiroshima last August, we visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park, the Hiroshima Castle, Shukkeien Garden, and the Miyajima Island. 














Recap of Hot Off the Press Readings at the #FilAmBookFest


Dear Readers,

l-r: Cecilia Brainard, Walter Ang. Aileen Cassinetto, Elmer Omar Bascos, Cindy Fazzi, EJR David, Grace Talusan, Krip Yuson, Betty Ann Quirino


The Hot Off the Press Literary Readings at the recent Filipino American International Book Festival were held last Saturday October 12, 2019, at the Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library. Each reading showcased up to 10 authors promoting new books. In less than ten minutes, they talk about or read from their books, giving the audience a sample, so to speak, of their work.

The writers traveled from the UK, the Philippines, Canada, Hawaii, and various parts of the US to let people know about the fruits of their labor: writings about food, about families, about growing up, about fantasy worlds, about knowledge they had gleaned, about anger, pain, but also love.

 l -r: Cecilia Brainard, Walter Ang, Grace Talusan, EJR David, Criselda Yabes, Elmer Omar Bascos, Betty Ann Quirino, Cindy Fazzi, Krip Yuson.


Walter Ang read from his history of Filipino American Theater. Betty Ann Quirino charmed the audience with the courtship story of her parents that involved rice -- this from her cookbook. Also about food, Jacqueline Chio-Lauri, who flew in from the UK, shared an excerpt from her The New Filipino Kitchen anthology.



The poets delighted with their verses and passion: Aileen Cassinetto, Elmer Omar Bascos, Alfred Yuson, Arlene Biala, and Melinda Luisa de Jesus. (Absent, but missed, was Leny Strobel.)

The fiction writers read excerpts from their stories: Cindy Fazzi, Criselda Yabes, Rin Chupeco, Sarge Lacuesta, Ricco Siasoco, Yves Lamson, and yours truly (Cecilia Brainard).

Grace Talusan read from her memoir and E.J. Ramos David read letters he had written to his children. Rick Rocamora had his photobook.


l-r: Cecilia Brainard, Rin Chupeco, Arlene Biala, Melinda Luisa de Jesus, Sarge Lacuesta, Rick Rocamora, Jacqueline Chio-Lauri, Ricco Siasoco, Yves Lamson — with Arlene BialaMelinda Luisa de JesúsSarge LacuestaRicco Siasoco and Yves Lamson.



As host and moderator of HOTP since 2011, I have to coordinate the events with the writers and in so doing have a closer look at their work and their character. (For example, you know who submit information promptly or who don't; you get to know who will respect the program guidelines or who don't.) To me most of these writers are warriors, the thinkers of our Filipino and Filipino American communities. They are the ones who preserve our culture and our stories.

A writer I knew, Emma Gee, gave advise to other writers:  Don't wipe your feet. Leave tracks.

I share this same advice to these writers and others out there:
Don't wipe your feet. Leave tracks. 

For the authors' bios, please check this site: 
https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2019/08/hot-off-press-literary-readings-in-san.html





Thank you, dear readers,for continuing to follow this travel blog. I also keep a blog in my official website:   https://ceciliabrainard.com

Salamat!

Cecilia Brainard



You can watch the entire first HOTP reading on Facebook streamed by Tony Robles:

tags: #FilAmBookfest #Filamlitfest #literature #authors #poets #goodreads #librarygirl #pinoylit #Filipino #FilipinoAmerican #Filam #books #writers #authors #poetry #academics

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Cecilia Brainard's October Literary Events - HOTP and Book Talk


Cecilia Brainard will be in two literary events this October.



First, she will moderate Hot Off the Press Literary Readings at the Filipino American International Book Festival at the Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, on Saturday October 12, 2019 at 12:45  pm and at 4 p.m. Cecilia will also read from her work at the 12:45 HOTP event. 

The readers are:
 12:45 - 2 p.m.
Walter Ang, Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino, Cecilia Brainard, Aileen Cassinetto, EJR David, Cindy Fazzi, Elmer Omar Bascos, Grace Talusan, Alfred A. Yuson, Criselda Yabes

4- 5:15 p.m.
Arlene Biala, Jacqueline Chio-Lauri, Rin Chupeco, Melinda Luisa de Jesus, Angelo R. Lacuesta, Yves Lamson, Rick Rocamora,  Ricco Siosoco,  Leny Strobel



Cecilia is also part of Philippine Expressions Bookshop's Book Talk, on Saturday, October 26, 2019, 3-6 p.m., at 479 W. Sixth Street, Suite 105, Historic Arts District, San Pedro, CA 90731, RSVP: 310-514-9139.


Cecilia will talk about her recent publications, the Philippine edition of her war novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, and her novella Melisande in Paris which is part of the book Please, San Antonio! & Melisande in Paris. 

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard draws inspiration from her birth city of Cebu, Philippines.  Her three novels and numerous stories are often set in her mythical Ubec (Cebu backwards).  Her first novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, in print for 28 years has been recently reissued in the Philippines by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. 

When the Rainbow Goddess Wept (USTPH 2019) is a coming of age story of a young girl in the Philippines during World War Two.  It is published in the US by the University of Michigan Press and in the Philippines by the UST Publishing House.

Please, San Antonio! & Melisande in Paris (PALH 2018) collects two novellas by Eve La Salle Caram and Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. Cecilia’s story in this collection focuses on the backstory in Paris of French character who appears in her third novel, The Newspaper Widow

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Tags: literature, literary, Philippine, FilAm, authors, writers, books, novels, fiction

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Cecilia Brainard - Book Talks at Philippine Expressions



Cecilia Brainard, Jules DelGallego, Myles A. Garcia, Paulino Lim, Jr., Alexander Villarasa will read and discuss their books at Philippine Expressions Bookshop on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, from 3 - 6 p.m.

Cecilia will read and talk about the new Philippine edition of her World War Two novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept.  

 Please visit Cecilia's official site for information about her and her books:

https://ceciliabrainard.com

Contact info@philippinebookshop.com for more information.


Tags: book, book launch, Philippine, Filipino, literature, books, authors

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cecilia Brainard Publications in Philippine PEN Journal and The Silliman Journal



I just discovered these links to articles that I wrote published in Philippine PEN Journal and The Silliman Journal:

The Island of the Living Dead (Chapter from my novel, The Newspaper Widow) published in Philippine PEN Journal, HEALING, edited by Hermie Beltran, Jr.,  PEN International, 2014. page 15, Click on the link below
 http://www.philippinepen.ph/Journal.pdf

l-r:  Shivaji Das Sinagporean Writer, Hendri Go, Cecilia, Ian Casocot

Cebu as Inspiration to My Writings (based on a talk given at the Cebu Literary Festival), The Silliman Journal, Silliman University 2014, page 172. Thanks to Hendri Go and Ian Casocot who submitted my work to The Silliman Journal.

http://archive.su.edu.ph/assets/media/resources/sj%20issues/SJ%2055%202%202014%20Layout.pdf


Tags: Philippines, Filipino, litarature 

Monday, September 16, 2019

HOTP Literary Readings by Filipino & FilAm Authors at #FilAmBookFest



HOTP Literary Readings by Filipino & Filipino American Authors at #FilAmBookFest 

Travelling from as far as England and the Philippines, Filipino and Filipino American Authors will gather in San Francisco, California for the Filipino American International Book Festival on October 12 and 13, 2019.

Two Hot Off the Press Literary Readings at the festival will feature twenty writers of new books. The HOTP readings will be held at the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94120, on Saturday October 12, 2019 at 12:45 and 4 p.m.

The readings will include an interesting mix of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including cookbooks. Many of the writers have authored prior books and are known in international literary communities.

The first HOTP reading at 12:45 p.m. features: Walter Ang (Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History); Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino (Instant Filipino Recipes: My Mother’s Traditional Philippine Food in a Multicooker Pot and My Mother’s Philippine Recipes; Cecilia Brainard (Melisande in Paris and When the Rainbow Goddess Wept); Aileen Cassinetto (The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves and Speak Poetry Anthology, Volume 1); Cindy Fazzi (My MacArthur), Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo (Leaving Shadow Behind Us); Grace Talusan (The Body Papers) ; Criselda Yabes (Broken Islands and Crying Mountain); Alfred A. Yuson (The Music Child & the Mahjong Queen), and EJR David.

The second HOTP reading at 4 p.m. features: Arlene Biala (one-inch punch); Jaqueline Chio-Lauri (The New Filipino Kitchen, Stories and Recipes from Around the Globe); Rin Chupeco (The Shadowglass); Melinda Luisa de Jesus (peminology); Angelo R. Lacuesta (Stay: 21 Comic Stories and Coral Cove and Other Stories); Ricco Siasoco (The Foley Artist); Leny Strobel (Glimpses: A Memoir); and Rick Rocamora.

Moderated by Cecilia Brainard, this is the fifth year, Hot Off the Press Literary Readings will showcase authors with new publications. HOTP readings draw a wide audience from those who enjoy poetry and literary readings. HOTP readings are free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit this site:  https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2019/08/hot-off-press-literary-readings-in-san.html


Tags: writers, authors, pinoy, FilAm, Filipino, literature, books. Filipino American







Friday, September 6, 2019

September Literary Reading by Asian American Women Writers




I'll be reading with some members of that awesome women's group, PAAWWW (Pacific Asian American Women Writers-West) on September 21, 2019, from 2-4 p.m. at 1952 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA 90247. Thanks to Timothy Toyota for organizing this event. Please join us. I'm sharing a- 1980s Photo taken after a reading that included Wanda Coleman


Front L-R: Amy Uyematsu, Akemi Kikumura, Joyce Nako, Naomi Hirahara, Emma Gee, Momoko Iko
Middle row L-R: Pam Tom, Velina Houston (behind Joyce), Cecilia Brainard, Ardis Nishikawa
Back Row L-R: Jude Narita, Fe Koons, Wanda Coleman, Chungmi


The other group picture was taken last year and shows: eated l-r: Jude Narita, Joyce Nako, Amy Uyematsu; Standing l-r" Diane Ujiiye, Miya Iwataki, Cecilia Brainard

tags: literature, literary reading, Asian, women, Asian American, Japanese American, Chinese American, Filipino American, books, writers

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

HOT OFF THE PRESS Literary Readings, FilAm Book Festival, October 12 - 13, 2019




Filipino and Filipino American authors with recent published books will showcase their books at the HOT OFF THE PRESS Literary Readings at the Fifth Filipino American International Book Festival at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, on Saturday October 12, 2019 at 12:45  pm and at 4 p.m.

The readers are:
Koret Auditorium, 12:45 - 2 p.m.
Walter Ang, Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino, Cecilia Brainard, Aileen Cassinetto, EJR David, Cindy Fazzi, Elmer Omar Bascos, Grace Talusan, Alfred A. Yuson, Criselda Yabes

Koret Auditorium, 4- 5:15 p.m.
Arlene Biala, Jacqueline Chio-Lauri, Rin Chupeco, Melinda Luisa de Jesus, Angelo R. Lacuesta, Yves Lamson, Rck Rocamora,  Ricco Siosoco,  Leny Strobel
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Here are some featured writers who will be performing at HOTP Literary Readings.



Walter Ang, author of Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History
Walter Ang is the author of Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History. He currently covers Filipino American theater for the Inquirer.net and was a contributing writer for the Theater Volume for the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Philippine Art (CCP).

Before moving to the US, he covered the Manila theater industry for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Ang was a juror for the Philstage organization's Gawad Buhay theater awards from 2008 to 2009. He was a Fellow at the 2009 University of Santo Tomas Varsitarian-J. Elizalde Navarro National Workshop on Arts and Humanities Criticism Writing. Visit WordsOfWalter.blogspot.com
Walter Ang's Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History 
from 1898 to 2016.


Research and interviews follow the the artists who were part of the seminal Filipino American theater groups and pioneering Asian American theater companies of the 1960s and 1970s. The book continues with the establishing of Filipino American theater companies in the 1980s and 1990s, such as Ma-Yi Theater in New York, CIRCA-Pintig in Chicago, and Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco. It also includes information on Obie Award and Tony Award winners, as well as the emerging groups and leaders of the 2000s and 2010s.



Arlene Biala, author of ONE INCH PUNCH (Word Tech Communications Word Poetry imprint, 2019)

Arlene Biala is a Pinay poet and performance artist born in San Francisco and raised in the South Bay. She has been participating in poetry performances and workshops in the Bay Area for over 30 years and was Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County for 2016 and 2017. Her poetry has been described as "grounded in ritual object and ritual practice, mantras that resonate within the body, and plant the body firmly in the world." She is the author of several collections of poetry: bone, continental drift, and her beckoning hands, which won the 2015 American Book Award.


Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, author of Please, San Antonio! & Melisande in Paris (PALH 2018); When the Rainbow Goddess Wept (Philippine Edition University of Santo Tomas Publishing House 2019)  
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard draws inspiration from her birth city of Cebu, Philippines.  Her three novels and numerous stories are often set in her mythical Ubec (Cebu backwards).  Her first novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, in print for 28 years has been recently reissued in the Philippines by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.  Her official website is ceciliabrainard.com.

When the Rainbow Goddess Wept (USTPH 2019) is a coming of age story of a young girl in the Philippines during World War Two.  It is published in the US by the University of Michigan Press and in the Philippines by the UST Publishing House.

Please, San Antonio! & Melisande in Paris (PALH 2018) collects two novellas by Eve La Salle Caram and Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. Cecilia’s story in this collection focuses on the backstory in Paris of French character who appears in her third novel, The Newspaper Widow





Aileen Cassinetto, author of The Pink House of Purple Yam (Our Own Voice and Little Dove Books, 2019); and Speak Poetry Anthology, Volume 1 (San Mateo County Libraries, 2019)




Aileen Cassinetto is the Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, the first Asian American appointed to the post. She is the author of the poetry collections Traje de Boda and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems, as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series. She is also the publisher of Paloma Press, a literary press established in 2016 which has released 17 books to date, by authors which include Eileen Tabios, Albert Alejo, Cynthia Buiza, Gabriela Igloria, Ivy Alvarez, Melinda Luisa de Jesus, Lily Mendoza, Lisa Suguitan Melnick, Leny Strobel, Reme Grefalda, Wesley St. Jo, Renato Redentor Constantino, among others.

The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems (Our Own Voice & Little Dove Books, 2018) is a collection of poetry and prose written over a period of 20 years. From Asia to Europe to America, it is a sketch of scenes already vanishing. More importantly, it is about engaging cultures and landscapes, as well as fortified domestic spaces and the lives lived within them.

Speak Poetry, Vol. 1 (San Mateo County Libraries, 2019) is a poetry campaign and an anthology of poems edited by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto. It features 23 poets and poems based on the theme, “community.”



Jacqueline Chio-Lauri, author of The New Filipino Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Around the Globe (Agate Surrey, 2018)


 

Jacqueline Chio-Lauri is the anthologist and editor, and one of the contributing authors of 2019 Midwest and Eric Hoffer Book Awards winner, The New Filipino Kitchen, an anthology of stories and recipes from around the globe.

Jacqueline has more than eight years’ experience in the food industry. She has opened and managed restaurants at deluxe hotels, such as Shangri-La and Sheraton. While working in Dubai, she was one of the five young women professionals featured in Emirates Woman magazine in a special report, “Why the Future Is Female.”

Jacqueline’s writing has been published in anthologies, such as Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength. A short memoir she wrote, “Good for One,” won the short memoir writing competition at WomensMemoirs.com and was published in the anthology Tales of Our Lives: Fork in the Road.

She lives in Manchester, UK, her 7th country of residence.

Chio-Lauri's book, The New Filipino Kitchen, named a favorite cookbook of 2018 by the San Francisco Chronicle, is a multifaceted, nuanced introduction to the world of Filipino food and food culture. It collects 30 stories and recipes from Filipinos in the diaspora, with contributions from the White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford, Bocuse d’Or Europe 2018 winner Christian André Pettersen, 2015 MasterChef New Zealand runner-up Leo Fernandez, five-time Palanca Award winner and poet Francis Macansantos, and the “Food Buddha” Rodelio Aglibot.


Rin Chupeco, author of The Shadowglass (Sourcebooks, 2019)




Erin "Rin" Chupeco is a Chinese Filipino writer of young adult fiction, best known for her The Bone Witch and The Girl from the Well series. The Shadowglass, the dramatic finale to The Bone Witch series, was released in 2019 by Sourcebooks. Her most recent publication, The Never Tilting World (2019, Harper Collins), is an epic YA fantasy duology presenting a world split between day and night in which two sisters must unite it.

As a child, Chupeco was fascinated with ghost stories, saying that she was drawn in by absolute injustice of Japanese tales that tend to favor male aggressors and never end positively for women. Her favorite story is that of the kuchisake-onna.

Prior to becoming an author, Chupeco worked as a graphic designer. She is married and lives with her husband and two children in Manila.

EJR David, Ph.D., author of The Psychology of Oppression (Springer), and We Have Not Stopped Trembling Yet (State University of New York Press, 2018) 






E.J.R. David was born in the Philippine, and grew up in Pasay, Las Pinas, Makati, and Alaska. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage (2002), and Master of Arts (2004) and Doctoral (2007) Degrees in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. David is currently a Professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage, with his primary duties being with the PhD Program in Clinical-Community Psychology that has a Rural, Cultural, and Indigenous Emphasis.

Dr. David has published theoretical and empirical works on Internalized Oppression or Colonial Mentality, including Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino -/ American Postcolonial Psychology (Information Age Publishing). Dr. David's most recent book is Internalized Oppression: The Psychology of Marginalized Groups (Springer), which is the first book to highlight the universality of internalized oppression, but at the same time acknowledges its unique manifestations and implications for various groups. He is also a contributor to Psychology Today and The Huffington Post.

Dr. David has been awarded and honored by the American Psychological Association (APA) Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues; the APA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP); the Asian American Psychological Association Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research; the Alaska Psychological Association, and the Asian American Psychological Association.

Re We Have Not Stopped Trembling Yet In a series of letters to his mixed-race Koyukon Athabascan family, E. J. R. David shares his struggles, insecurities, and anxieties as a Filipino American immigrant man, husband, and father living in the lands dominated by his family’s colonizer.


Melinda Luisa de Jesus, author of peminology (Paloma Press, 2019) 



Melinda Luisa de Jesús is Chair and Associate Professor of Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts. She writes and teaches about Filipinx/American cultural production, girl culture, monsters, and race/ethnicity in the United States. She edited Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory, the first anthology of Filipina/American Feminisms (Routledge 2005).

Her writing has appeared in: Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices; Completely Mixed Up: Mixed Heritage Asian North American Writing and Art; Approaches to Teaching Multicultural Comics; Ethnic Literary Traditions in Children’s Literature; Challenging Homophobia; Radical Teacher; The Lion and the Unicorn; Ano Ba Magazine; Rigorous; Konch Magazine; Rabbit and Rose; MELUS; Meridians; The Journal of Asian American Studies, and Delinquents and Debutantes: Twentieth-Century American Girls’ Cultures. She is also a poet and her chapbooks, Humpty Drumpfty and Other Poems, Petty Poetry for SCROTUS Girls’ with poems for Elizabeth Warren and Michelle Obama, Defying Trumplandia, Adios Trumplandia, James Brown’s Wig and Other Poems, and Vagenda of Manicide and Other Poems were published by Locofo Chaps/Moria Poetry in 2017.

Her first collection of poetry, peminology, was recently published by Paloma Press (March 2019). She is a mezzo-soprano, a mom, an Aquarian, and admits an obsession with Hello Kitty. More info: http://peminist.com


Cindy Fazzi, author of My MacArthur, Sand Hill Review Press 2019



Cindy Fazzi is a Filipino-American writer and former Associated Press reporter. She has worked as a journalist in the Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States. My MacArthur is her literary debut. She writes romance novels under the pen name Vina Arno. She has published two other romance novels: In His Corner (Lyrical Press 2015) and Finder Keeper of My Heart (Painted Hearts Publishing 2019). She has published short stories in Snake Nation Review, Copperfield Review, and SN Review.

Set in 1930, My MacArthur tells the love story between the fifty year old General Douglas MacArthur and an aspiring movie actress, Isabel Rosario Cooper.


Angelo Lacuesta,  Author of City Stories (Ateneo de Manila University Press 2019); A Waiting Room Companion (Ateneo 2017); and Coral Cove and Other Stories (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House 2017 – National Book Award winner)



Angelo R. Lacuesta has won many awards including three National Book Awards, the Madrigal Gonzalez Best First Book Award, the NVM Gonzalez Award and numerous Palanca and Philippines Graphic Awards.

He has written several books, including four short story collections, two non-fiction books, and a collection of graphic stories, and has participated in many writing residencies, fellowships, festivals and conferences in the Philippines and abroad.

He is Editor-at-Large at Esquire Magazine (Philippines) and Senior Editor at Panorama: the Journal of Intelligent Travel. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Philippine Chapter of PEN International (Poets, Essayists, Novelists).

As a professional creative and businessman, he founded the creative agency Logika and the digital agency Logik, as well as Good Intentions Books, a book design and publishing company.

Re his three books:
City Stories collects the author’s favorite stories, written and published over two decades. The stories all contain the urban consciousness, and are either situated in urban settings, or dwell in and on the mindset of the contemporary urban Filipino.Many of the stories have won awards.

A Waiting Room Companion (Ateneo De Manila University Press, 2017) is Lacuesta’s collection of creative non-fiction (essays, explorations, profiles); it was the finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Non-fiction.

Coral Cove and Other Stories (UST Publishing House, 2017) is Angelo R. Lacuesta’s fourth collection of fiction; it won the 2019 National Book Award for Short Fiction.



Yves Lamson, author of Bodies of Water 2019


Yves Lamson  is a first generation Filipino-Canadian writer who takes from the Philippine oral tradition to spin tales of fantastic creatures. Interested in preserving the intangible artefacts of his culture, he writes the stories down as tool to not forget, to keep the precious things safe.
Holding a Bachelors of Arts from York University, majoring both in English and Creative Writing, Yves is active member of the PLUMA Collective in Toronto, as well as The Filipino-Canadian Writers and Journalists Network.  Yves hopes to bring Philippine culture to the Canadian literary scene and beyond by way of his stories.
After the launch of Bodies of Water at the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto, BoW captured the #1 Best Selling spot on amazon.ca for Asian-Canadian fiction. BoW was published August 2018 by YETI Arts.
Born in Toronto, he lives and writes in Stouffville on his five-acre farm.


Re Bodies of Water: After the launch of this book at the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto, Bodies of Water was the Number 1 Best Seller for Asian American Fiction in Amazon Canada. Bodies of Water is the first of a planned trilogy, with a companion fourth book to cap off the series.




Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo, author of Leaving Shadow Behind Us (Bamboo Ridge Press, 2019 http://www.bambooridge.com/storeitem.aspx?pid=134 )


Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo comes from a family of farmers, teachers, and religious leaders in the Philippines. A former Anglican seminarian, he graduated in 1981 from Benguet State University with a degree in agriculture. After teaching poultry production, he went to Saudi Arabia to work as a greenhouse agriculturist. He began journaling to record the cruel working conditions he encountered there.

On the day he returned to the Philippines, the bus he was in had a head-on collision with another bus. Six passengers died, including the elderly woman seated next to him. Pizo suffered a concussion and lost his short-term memory. His neurologist suggested that he write as part of his therapy so, referring to his journal, he began writing poems, some of which appear in this collection. Pizo was a Poetry Fellow at the 2000 Silliman National Writers Workshop in the Philippines and at the Vermont Studio Center in 2006.

His poems have been widely published. His most recent reading on August 1st this year was at the Eaton during the Asian American Literary Festival in Washington DC as sponsored by the Smithsonian.

Re: LEAVING OUR SHADOWS BEHIND US is a debut poetry collection by Elmer Omar Bascos Pizo which recounts experiences growing up in the Philippines, years as a migrant worker living under harsh conditions in the Middle East, and eventual immigration to Hawai'i. 

Betty Ann Quirino, author of Instant Filipino Recipes Cookbook; My Mother's Traditional Food in a Multicooker Pot (Amazon.com, 2018) 


Elizabeth Ann Besa-Quirino, is an award-winning international journalist and author of her most recent cookbook Instant Filipino Recipes: My Mother’s Traditional Philippine Food in a Multicooker Pot. Other cookbooks she has written are: My Mother’s Philippine Recipes and How To Cook Philippine Desserts, Cakes and Snacks. 

Betty Ann was born in the Philippines and raised in Tarlac province where her way of life was molded early on by her parents’ farming and agricultural business. From the time she was a little girl, Betty Ann learned how to cook traditional Philippine dishes from her mother and has transformed these culinary skills to modern day Filipino cooking in her American kitchen. Based in New Jersey, Betty Ann is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP-New York); the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance; the Association of Culinary Historians of the Philippines, and blogs about Filipino home cooking on her site AsianInAmericaMag.com.



Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, author of The Foley Artist (Gaudy Boy, 2019)

Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a writer, educator, and activist. He received his MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and he has taught at Boston College, Columbia University, and the Massachusetts College of Art. Ricco has received fellowships from The Center for Fiction, Lambda Literary, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a board member of Kundiman, a national literary organization dedicated to Asian American literature. Ricco lives in Los Angeles. The Foley Artist is his first book.

Re The Foley Artist: At once deliciously bizarre and painfully familiar, The Foley Artist introduces a vital new voice to Asian American literature. Ricco Villanueva Siasoco's powerful debut collection opens new regions of American feeling and thought as it interrogates intimacy, foreignness, and silence in an absurd world.

These nine stories give voice to the intersectional identities of women and men in the Filipino diaspora in America: a straight woman attends her ex-boyfriend's same-sex marriage in coastal Maine; a college-bound teenager encounters his deaf uncle in Manila; Asian American drag queens duke it out in the annual Iowa State Fair; a seventy-nine-year-old foley artist recreates the sounds of life, but is finally unable to save himself.


Rck Rocamora, author of Human Wrongs, and Filipino WWII Soldiers -- America's Second-Class Veterans
 














Rck Rocamora is an award-winning documentary photographer and author of four photobooks; Filipino WWII Soldiers – America’s Second- Class Veterans; Blood, Sweat and Hope in Quiapo; Rodallie S. Mosende Story: Human Wrongs which documents the overcrowding and inhumane conditions in Philippine Detention Centers, and Alagang Angara, a photobook honoring the legislative legacy of Senator Ed Angara and now continued by his son, Senator Sonny Angara. 

Most of his published and exhibited works centers on issues of Human Rights, Social Justice and Equality. His work is part of the permanent collection of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, U.S. State Department Art in Embassies program, and private and institutional collections. His work is widely exhibited in national and international museums and galleries and published in the US and International print and online news.




Leny Strobel. author of Glimpses (Paloma Press, 2019)  





Leny Mendoza Strobel is Professor Emeritus of American Multicultural Studies at Sonoma State University. She is also one of the Founding Directors of the Center for Babaylan Studies. Her books, journal articles, online media presence reflect her decades-long study and reflections on the process of decolonization and healing of colonial trauma through the lens of indigenous perspectives. She is a grandmother to Noah and she tends a garden and chickens with Cal in Northern California. More information is available at https://www.lenystrobel.com/.



Grace Talusan, author of The Body Papers (Restless Books, 2019)

Grace Talusan was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. She is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Talusan is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University. She has published in Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Boston Magazine, Boston Globe, The Rumpus, and others. The Body Papers, winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, is her first book.

Re The Body Papers: Born in the Philippines, young Grace Talusan moves with her family to a New England suburb in the 1970s. At school, she confronts racism as one of the few kids with a brown face. At home, the confusion is worse: her grandfather’s nightly visits to her room leave her hurt and terrified, and she learns to build a protective wall of silence that maps onto the larger silence practiced by her Catholic Filipino family. Talusan learns as a teenager that her family’s legal status in the country has always hung by a thread—for a time, they were “illegal.” Family, she’s told, must be put first.


Criselda Yabes, author of Broken Islands (Ateneo de Manila University Press 2019), and Crying Mountain (Penguin SE Asia 2019)






Criselda Yabes is a seasoned journalist and award winning author and journalist. She has worked as an international Correspondent for the Associated Press, Newsweek, Reuters, The Washington Post and The Economist covering political insurgencies, rebellion and coup d'etats in the Philippines as well as war and crises across the globe. She was born in Quezon City and spent her early years growing up in Zamboanga and there developed an affection for the Muslim Region which is a favourite subject for her literary works. She graduated from the University of the Philippines. She is the author of five published books, the most recent of which, 'Peace Warriors' is about literary journalism regarding military affairs in the Muslim Mindanao Region which won the National Book Award for non-fiction in 2012.


Her novel, Broken Islands, is her recent novel. It follows Crying Mountain which won the UP Centennial Literary Award and was long listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. 



Alfred Yuson, author of The Music Child & The Mahjong Queen, 2016; Co-editor of Bloodlust: Philippine Protest Poetry (From Marcos to Duterte) 2018







Alfred A. Yuson has authored over 30 books, including  novels, poetry collections, short fiction, essays, children’s stories, biographies and coffee-table books, apart from having edited various other titles, including several literary anthologies. His work has been translated into 10 languages. 

He has gained numerous distinctions, including the 2009 Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas from UMPIL, the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan award, a Rockefeller Foundation grant for residency at the Bellagio in Italy, and the SEAWrite for lifetime achievement. He has also been elevated to the Hall of Fame of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. His latest distinction is the 2018 Gawad Dangal ng Lahi from the Palanca Foundation. He has enjoyed fellowships in various international writing programs, and participated in literary conferences, festivals and reading tours worldwide. He also won a FAMAS Award and a Catholic Mass Media Award for his film screenplay. 

His “The Music Child” was shortlisted for the MAN Asia Prize for the Novel; an expanded version titled The Music Child and the Mahjong Queen won the 2017 National Book Award for the Novel in English.

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Stay tuned for more announcements re the HOTP literary Readings at the Filipino American International Book Festival this October.


Guidelines to Readers:
Please be at the Koret Auditorium 10 minutes before performance time. We will have a photoshoot before the program starts. Please sit in the front row near the stage. Each reader will have 7 minutes reading time, including any introduction or comments. A volunteer will hold up a warning card when your time is ending, but please keep track of your reading time and don't go over your time allotment out of courtesy to the other readers and audience.

Cecilia Brainard, moderator and host, will introduce each reader. She will mention your book, but will not describe the book. Please make sure Cecilia has all that information.  There is book signing after the reading.  Make sure you have enough books to make available for the 2 day FilAmBookFest.

Tags: FilAm, Filipino, books, literature, authors, writers, food, history, academic, pinoy, #FilAmLitFest #FilamBookfest

Read also:  Recap of Hot Off the Press Literary Readings -- https://cbrainard.blogspot.com/2019/10/recap-of-hot-off-press-readings-at.html

Inquirer.net: Int'l Book Festival in SF to Gather Filipino Authors

Philippine Star, Krip Yuson's Recap: "Humanity, Diversity & Resistance in the Arts
https://www.philstar.com/lifestyle/arts-and-culture/2019/10/21/1961796/humanity-diversity-resistance-arts?fbclid=IwAR1oKYIMUwj5r4PsJ-DgcWh0mIMEHbUQ7H_4OyNuhKAgLyEc1zX7ybVaG8Q

You can watch the entire first HOTP reading on Facebook streamed by Tony Robles:

The order of the readers are: Aileen Cassinetto, Walter Ang, Betty Ann Quirino, Cindy Fazzi, Grace Talusan, EJ,Ramos David, Elmer Omar, Criselda Yabes, Krip Yuson, & Cecilia Brainard -- you can scroll ahead to find the reader.