Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Book Review of Cecilia Brainard's The Newspaper Widow in Positively Filipino

     Positively Filipino Book Review 
     The Newspaper Widow
     Novel by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
     Reviewer: Lisa Suguitan Melnick

The Newspaper Widow, by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, treats readers to meaningful insights into historical events and life in the Philippines in the early 1900s. A work of fiction, it is more than a masterfully crafted and multi-layered mystery.  

Friday, March 23, 2018

Cecilia Brainard's Creative Writing Tip No.1 - Sensuous Writing #Video

Cecilia Brainard's Creative Writing Tip No. 1

Write in a Sensuous Way

Fiction Writer Cecilia Brainard shares nuggets of information about creative writing that she has acquired through the writing and editing of 20 books. 

This one-minute video can also be viewed on YouTube:

Stay tuned for more Creative Writing Tips from Cecilia Brainard!

Tags: beginning writing, how to write, fundamentals of writing, creative writing, elements of creative writing, literature, personal essays, Muse, novel, books, workshop #creativewriting

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  • Cecilia Brainard's Creative Writing Tip No. 4: Writer's Block
  • Cecilia Brainard's Creative Writing Tip No. 3: Show Don't Tell
  • Cecilia Brainard's Creative Writing Tip No. 2: Make a Date with Your Muse
  • Cecilia Brainard's Creative Writing Tip No. 1: Sensuous Writing
  • Creative Writing: Journal Writing and my Pink Lock and Key Diary
  • Creative Writing: Your Writing Work Space (In My Case, Where My Cats Hang Out)
  • Creative Writing: Two Important Rules
  • Creative Writing: Explosion and Drawing as Writing Exercises
  • How to Write a Novel #1
  • How to Write a Novel #2
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Afternoon with Filipino Authors Cecilia Brainard & Paulino Lim Jr, May 26, 2018, 3 p.m.

    This is an early announcement, but mark your calendars because this is a great opportunity to listen to comprehensive talks and readings by two veteran Filipino and Filipino American writers (Cecilia Brainard & Paulino Lim Jr) discuss their writings and their craft. Join us to learn more about Philippine and Philippine-American Literature!


    Sat. May 26, 2018, 3 p.m.
    Los Angeles Public Library, Meeting Room A
    630 W. 5th Street, LA, CA 90071

    Cecilia Brainard and Paulino Lim will talk about their experiences as Filipino authors in America. They will also read from their works, and there will be book signing. The International Languages Department of the Los Angeles Public Library hosts this free literary event.

    BIOS of Speakers:

    Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the award-winning author and editor of twenty books, including the novels: When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, The Newspaper Widow, Magdalen; and short story collections: Vigan and Other Stories, Acapulco at Sunset and Other Stories, Woman With Horns and Other Stories.
    Cecilia co-edited six other books and she co-authored a novel, Angelica's Daughters, a Dugtungan Novel.
    Her work has been translated into Finnish and Turkish; and many of her stories and articles have been widely anthologized.
    Cecilia has received several awards including a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, a Brody Arts Fund Award, the Outstanding Individual Award from her birth city, Cebu, Philippines, and others.
    She has lectured and performed in worldwide literary arts organizations and universities, including UCLA, USC, University of Connecticut, University of the Philippines, PEN, Beyond Baroque, Shakespeare & Company in Paris, and many others.
    Aside from writing and editing, Cecilia publishes fine literature under the imprint of Philippine American Literary House (

    Paulino Lim Jr. is a professor emeritus of English at California of State University, Long Beach. He is a recipient of the 2016 Presidential Award for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas—for his fiction and scholarly essays that are constructive criticisms of the political, social, and religious problems in the Philippines. Also in 2016, his alma mater, the University of Santo Tomas, conferred upon him a lifetime achievement honor—the Parangal Hagbong Award—for significant contributions to Philippine literature. He is the author of a scholarly monograph on Byron, dramas, three anthologies, a quartet of political novels, and the novel Death of the English Zen Professor. His latest work is soon-to-be released by Ateneo de Naga University Press, Spots of Time: Memoir of a Mind.

    Cecilia Brainard Interview by Alton Melvar Dapanas in Southern Philippine Journal

    Here is an interview of me by Alton Melvar Dapanas. It appeared in the Payag Habagatan: New Writings from the South on March 22, 2018. Payag Habagatan is an inaugural literary journal for emerging voices in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction or essay, and drama in Cebuano, Chavacano, English, Hiligaynon, Meranao, Surigaonon, and Waray from Southern Philippines. Please visit their wonderful site:

    Many thanks Alton!

    Southern Authors No. 13 — Cecilia Manguerra Brainard on the Woman-Novelist and the Filipino-American Literature

    Featured Authors by Alton Melvar Dapanas | 

    Monday, March 19, 2018

    Cecilia Brainard Literary Readings from her Novels on YouTube

    Cecilia Brainard did some readings from my three novels, which can be viewed on YouTube.  Here are the links:

    Cecilia Brainard Reads from When the Rainbow Goddess Wept - (Chapter, "Death of an Epic Singer")

    Cecilia Brainard Reads from her novel, Magdalena - (Chapter "Magdalena's Monologue")

    Cecilia Brainard Reads from The Newspaper Widow:

    Tags: Philippines, literature, novels, Cebu, author, book, Filipina, Pinoy, writer, #goodreads #librarygirl #librarians #video

    Read also
    When the Rainbow Goddess Wept - Book Reviews and Papers
    Book Review of Magdalena by Philippine Graphic 
    Book Review of The Newspaper Widow by Foreword Reviews

    Sunday, March 18, 2018

    Pinay Gathering 2018 at Philippine Expressions Bookshop #Literature

    L-r: Linda Nietes, Tessie Jayme, Angela Narcisso Torres, Prosy Delacruz, Irene Suico-Soriano, Marianne Villanueva, and Cecilia Brainard

    The 2018 Pinay Gathering at Philippine Expressions Bookshop featured Filipina writers and poets (in no particular order): Prosy Delacruz, Marianne Villanueva, Irene Suico-Soriano, Angela Narcisso-Torres, Tessie Jayme, and Cecilia Brainard.

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Voice from the Past - Filipino Author Bienvenido N. Santos

    I was happy to stumble upon this handwritten note from Filipino writer Bienvenido N. Santos to me dated May 22, 1988. Ben Santos was very supportive of my literary efforts. He was the one who introduced me to Gloria Rodriquez, publishing manager of New Day at the time, and Tita Glo published my first book, Woman With Horns and Other Stories.

    Ben's note says: 

    May 22, 1988, 
    Dear Cecilia, Thank you for your autographed copy of your book. Now I can read the complete collection.
    As a regular commuter between the RP and the U.S. every six months each year since 1981, promoting my books and teaching, I know what you mean when you say "I am tired." Consider, too, that I'm a 77-year old man.

    But I keep busy, which to me is a way of survival. Manila is an exciting town to visit. I was born there, but the place has changed, the people, too.

    I missed you at the poetry reading in which I participated in L.A. April 9. I asked Linda where you were and she told me. Sorry, our paths didn't cross.

    I'm leaving at the end of the month for the Wash/DC area to speak and to receive my work in progress. Wish me well as I do you. Thank you again. 
    Regards to Lauren. 
    Ben Santos.

    From Wikipedia, here is a short bio of Ben: Bienvenido N. Santos (March 22, 1911 – January 7, 1996) was a Filipino-American fiction, poetry and nonfiction writer. He was born and raised in Tondo, Manila. His family roots are originally from Lubao, Pampanga, Philippines. He lived in the United States for many years where he is widely credited as a pioneering Asian-American writer.

    l-r: Linda Nietes, P.C. Morantte, Cecilia Brainard, Bienvenido N. Santos

     #Philippine #literature #pinoylit #FilAm #novel #writer #Filipino #author #goodreads #librarians'

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    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    Fiction Short Story "Friday Evening at the Seashore" by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

    I'm sharing a story that's part of my first short story collection, Woman With Horns and Other Stories.  The collection is available in Kindle form ~ Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

     by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
                Padre Zobel locked the rectory and, leaving the center of town, headed toward the seashore. He was a young Spaniard from the coastal village of Mojacar and he felt a special bond with the sea. It made his soul echo; it was home.

    Monday, March 12, 2018

    The Narrative Voice by Cecilia Brainard at Cebu Normal University, January 26, 2018

    I gave this talk last January 26, 2018 at the Cebu Normal University. ~ Cecilia Manguerra Brainard 


    The Narrative Voice:
    Talk Given at the Seminar-Workshop, Cebu Normal University, January 26, 2018
    By Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
    “Voice” was one of the elements of creative writing that I had to understand before I could make serious headway with my writing.  I was confronted with the issue of “voice” when I was a writing student at the Writers’ Program of UCLA Extension. I had taken Fiction Writing I, and got an A for that class, after which I signed up for Fiction Writing II. 

    Sunday, March 11, 2018

    What to Do with Fake Facebook Accounts #social media #hackers

    What to Do with Fake Facebook Accounts

    Recently I've had to deal with fake Facebook Accounts in my name.  The experience of seeing someone else using your identity is disconcerting, but this has happened to me before and I knew what to do.

    Before getting into how to remove the fake account, let me tell you how to find these fake Facebook Accounts. It's very simple: search your own name in Facebook.  There you will find the impersonators (if there are any). Sometimes the account will not have a profile picture; sometimes, the account will have your picture; sometimes, the account will have your name but some other picture.

    What you need to do is go to the fake account - click on the name, and you will be brought to the profile page.  On the big picture above, on the righthand side, you will see: "Following, Message, then three dots. Click on the three dots. You will find a menu, choose "Report." Next, click "Report this profile."  Continue. You will be asked "What's going on?" Click  "They're pretending to be me or someone I know." Continue. Choose "me."

    Right away, you will receive notice that the account is being reviewed.  Later on, you will receive a message that the account has been removed.

    As a precaution, I warn my FB friends about the fake account with the screen shot of the fake account. I advise them to check for any fake accounts with their names and teach them what to do if they should discover impersonators.

    It's important for all of us to be vigilant and do our part to remove fake Facebook Accounts. Hackers, even possibly Russians using social media for propaganda, may be responsible for these fake accounts. For further information, please read the articles below, and note that fake accounts seem to be used for political purposes.

    Read also
    Facebook admits up to 270m users are fake and duplicate accounts
    Fake Russian Facebook Accounts Bought $100,000 in Political Ads
    Facebook says it took down "tens of thousands of fake accounts before German Election

    Tags: social media, #facebook #fakeaccounts #hackers #Russian

    #Filipina Women Authors and Writing by Prosy Abarquez Delacruz, J.D.

    Prosy Delacruz, one of the women writers featured in the forthcoming Pinay Gathering at Philippine Expressions Bookshop, wrote the following piece, which was published in Asian Journal.  The Pinay Gathering will be on Saturday, March 17, 2018, 3-6 p.m. at 479 W. Sixth Street, Suite 105, San Pedro, CA 90731, RSVP 1-310-514-9139

    Women authors: Writing is the intersectional expression of their multidimensional stories
    By Prosy Abarquez Delacruz, J.D.
    Published: March 10, 2018 

    Monday, March 5, 2018

    INVITATION: Pinay Gathering, Philippine Expressions Bookshop, 3/17/18 3 p.m.

    Philippine Expressions Bookshop
    Invites you to a
    Pinay Gathering
    to honor Filipina American authors in celebration of Women's History Month

    Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 3-6 p.m.
    479 W. Sixth Street #105
    San Pedro, CA 90731
    RSVP 1-310-514-9139

    Books Talks & Signings with: 
    Cecilia Manguerra Brainard (The Newspaper Widow), 
    Prosy Abarquez-DelaCruz (Even the Rainbow has a Body, Distinct Artistic Legacies), 
    Marianne Villanueva (Mayor of the Roses),  
    Irene Suico- Soriano (Primates from an Archipelago: Poems), 
    Angela Narcisso-Torres (Blood Orange: Poems), and
    Tessie Jayme (Black Clouds in Manila)

    JOIN US!

    Tags: #Philippines #Filipino #Filipina #Pinoy #pinay #books #literature #goodreads #literaryreading #event #openmic #librarygirl #Filam #writers #authors #poets

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    Sunday, March 4, 2018

    Philippines Graphic Book Review of MAGDALENA, novel by Cecilia Brainard

    The Tremendous Power of Secrets: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's 'Magdalena'

    Review by Alma Anonas-Carpio, Literary Editor and Associate Editor of Philippines Graphic
    The first call of a novel is to tell a story. Not just any story, mind you, but the story only the author of the novel can tell in his or her unique way. What the reader is led to expect is a bit of an escape into another time and world, perhaps a tentative acquaintance with the characters who populate the text.