Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the multi-awarded author and editor of 14 books of novels, short stories, anthologies and essays. Her awards include a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, a Brody Arts Fund Award, a Special Recognition Award from the Los Angeles Unified School District, a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate 2lst District, a 1998 Outstanding Individual Award from her birth city, Cebu, Philippines. She teaches creative writing at the Writers Program at UCLA-Extension. She will read from her two latest books, Vigan and Other Stories andAngelica’s Daughters, a Dugtungan novel.
Samantha Sotto, based in Manila, shattered barriers that have previously stymied Filipino authors when Random House, one of the biggest publishers in the world published her debut novel, Before Ever After last month. Described as ‘gutsy’ and ‘unusual’, the book has been garnering some rave reviews. What if ’til death do us part meant longer than you realized? This is a love story that defies the boundaries of time and space to redefine our notion of forever.
Lorenzo Paran III
was born and raised in Daraga, Albay, in the Philippines. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. His book, Pinoy in America
is written with wry humor and it documents the immigrant’s experiences which are anecdotal and experiential which the transplanted reader in America can relate to. He lives in Southern California, editing news stories for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. He continues to write about the Pinoy-in-American life on his blog, pinoyinamerica.blogspot.com
Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier’s mother was from Baguio but Carlene herself was born in the heart of Historic Filipinotown when it was still teeming with Filipino immigrant families, and of aging Manongs. The word Manongs refer to elderly Filipino men who came to America in the early 20’s to work as stoop labor in the farmlands of America; they have remained unmarried due to a twist in history. Carlene is a poet and novelist, and has co-authored a play entitled Brown Man in White Sheets which is about the Manongs. She will read from her novel, Seeking Thirst which took her three years to write but herewith condensed in one sentence: “Shrouded in normalcy – reliable husband, nice home in Noe Valley, health plan, Honda – Carol anesthetizes her memories of Dierdra and foster homes in alcohol until she discovers her orphan past in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown.”
If you will be unable to attend but would like an autographed copy of any of the books, just email us and we will handle accordingly.
A table exhibit of some photographs of Filipinos during WWll will also be on display. Filipino American soldiers have played a part in fighting against the Japanese Army during WWll and their bravery is being remembered during this month of October which annually has been declared as Filipino American History Month.
This literary event is part of the celebration and is also an ongoing outreach program of Philippine Expressions Bookshop. It is co-sponsored by the
Friends of Carson Public Library. Seats are limited. RSVP to <firstname.lastname@example.org
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