Thursday, September 3, 2020

Cecilia Brainard Updates on Filipino & FilAm Books by PALHBOOKS


Cecilia Brainard gives an update on the Filipino and Filipino American books published by Philippine American Literary House (PALH), It's on YouTube here. The narrative is pasted below:

Cecilia Brainard here, writer editor and publisher of PALH or Philippine American Literary House.

I’d like to update you on the publications of PALH. All except one are now available in hard copy as well as in Kindle form. The hard copies are available from Philippine Expressions, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble online.  Or contact for copies.

PALH’s titles include:

Linda Ty-Casper’s A River, One-Woman Deep, Stories, of which World Literature Today’s Nota Bene section reviewed: “In this collection of stories, Filipina American Linda Ty-Casper runs her finger along the scars left behind in the wake of historical events in the Philippines parsing out what it means to live through and after the trauma of dictatorships and war.

Ty-Casper’s A River, One-Woman Deep: Stories is also published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in the Philippines.



  PALH’s author of Benedicta Takes Wing and Other Stories, Veronica Montes, recently won the 2020 Black Lawrence Price for their Black River Chapbook Competition. Her debut collection of 14 stories, Benedicta Takes Wing and other Stories, has been praised as stories that explore the intricate workings of Filipino families as they struggle to define their place in the world.



 Two of PALH’s early publications, Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults and the followup book Growing Up Filipino II was included in National Geographic’s Summer Reading List for 2020. The books remain popular and continue to be used by educators.


    Further PALH published a Special International Edition, titled Please, San Antonio! and Melisande in Paris, 2 novellas set in Italy and in France. The stories are about women who find healing in relationships. The book also has delightedly illustrations by Nina Lim-Yuson.


   PALH also published a special limited edition of my 43 sketches in reed and pen and ink. There are only 100 signed and numbered hardbound copies of Magical Years: Memories & Sketches.  I had no training in art when I did these sketches which tried to capture my magical years a child in my birth city of Cebu.


Thanks for your time, and I’m hoping you will support the work of Philippine American Literary House so it can continue fine Filipino and Filipino American books.  Look for or in Facebook, search Philippine American Literary House. 


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