Monday, August 24, 2020

Cecilia Brainard's Popular Books


Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the author and editor of over twenty books. Cecilia grew up in the port city of Cebu in Central Philippines, a place that retains its Spanish-Colonial influences, inspiring Cecilia to create her mythical setting called “Ubec” which echoes the Santo Niño Church, triangular Spanish fort, and old buildings and streets of the real Cebu. 

Her three novels — When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, Magdalena, and The Newspaper Widow are set (even partially) in Ubec. Ubec also appears in her three short story collections — Woman in Horns and Other Stories, Acapulco at Sunset and Other Stories, and Vigan and Other Stories. 

Responding to the needs of her Filipino and Filipino American communities, Cecilia edited fiction and nonfiction collections, including Fiction by Filipinos in America, Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America, Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults, and Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults.

Cecilia has taught at the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension, UCLA, USC, and the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA). She continues to lecture and perform in literary arts venues such as Shakespeare and Company in Paris, Culture Rapide in Paris, Beyond Baroque, PEN, Coming Together in Skokie Illinois, Second Literary Symposium in Jackson Tennessee, Filipino American International Book Festivals, Cebu Literary Festivals, and many Philippine and US universities.

As a former Executive Board Member of the writers’ group PEN, she represented PEN USA West in International meetings in Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela. She served as an officer in such groups as the Midnight Special Cultural Center, PAAWWW (Pacific Asian American Women Writers West), and the Arts & Letters at the Cal State University, LA.

Cecilia co-founded PAWWA (Philippine American Women Writers and Artists) a support group that received funding by the California Arts Council. She founded and runs PALH (Philippine American Literary House) a small publishing house of fine Philippine American books. She is an active member of the Philippine and Philippine American literary communities.

When the Rainbow Goddess Wept - University of Michigan Press, 1999, softcover, 216 pages, ISBN 0472086375; University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2019, softcover (Philippine Edition), 9879715068420; Kindle
Magdalena - US Edition: Plain View Press, softcover, 164 pages, ISBN 1–891386-29–8; Philippine Edition: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, softcover, 146 pages, ISBN 978–971-506–801‑7; Kindle
The Newspaper Widow - University of San Tomas Publishing House, 2017, softcover, 238 pages, ISBN 9780715068116; Kindle
Other Recent books:
Magical Years: Memories & Sketches - PALH, 2020, hardover 8 x 8 in, 37 pages, ISBN 97871945890, Special Limited Edition of 100 hardbound copies
Please, San Antonio! & Melisande in Paris, Two novellas by Eve La Salle Caram and Cecilia Brainard, PALH, 2018, softcover with illustrations, 166 pages, ISBN 978097945883
Classic Collections of Short Stories:
Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults , Edited by Cecilia Brainard, PALH, 2003, softcover, 283 pages, ISBN 0971945802; Kindle
Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults, Edited by Cecilia Brainard, PALH, 2010, softcover, 258 pages ISBN 978–0‑9719458–3‑8; Kindle
Cecilia’s other books are listed in her official site:
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