Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#KababayanToday with G. Tongi with writers Noel Alumit & Cecilia Brainard



Noel Alumit and Cecilia Brainard were guests of G. Tongi host/producer of #KababayanToday. We talked about Filipino Literature in the context of Raymond Chandler's quote, "Cute as a Filipino on a Saturday night." We also discussed Alex Tizon's "My Family's Slave" - our reactions and thoughts on this posthumous piece. 

Watch the program on May 30, at 3:30 p.m. California time on LA 18 in Los Angeles and Hawaii. 

It was a very lively discussion. Thanks G. Tongi for the interview.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Book Launch Brainard's Magdalena and Other Titles University of Santo Tomas Publishing House







Here's a picture of Ralph Semino Galan accepting a copy of my novel, Magdalena, at the book launch last April at the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. He is flanked by Ailil Alvarez and my publisher, Jack Wigley. I couldn't attend but was delighted Ralph could be there on my behalf. Here are some pictures at the event.










 For further information about Cecilia Brainard’s novel, Magdalena, please contact the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House at G/F Beato Angelico Building, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, tel: +62-2-731-3522.






CLICK HERE TO READ AN EXCERPT OF MAGDALENA
CLICK HERE TO READ A BOOK REVIEW BY WORLD LITERATURE TODAY, April-June 2003
CLICK HERE TO READ A BOOK REVIEW BY BABAYLAN SPEAKS, March 2003
CLICK HERE TO READ A BOOK REVIEW BY Rhodora G. Magan in the GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences Vol. 4, No. 2, October 2015
CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO BOOK REVIEW by Luisa Igloria for MELUS, Vol. 29, No. 1, Spring 2004

CLICK HERE TO READ Rhodora G. Magan's'scholarly paper, Eve and Her Beings: A Chopin-Brainard Simulation, delievered at the Asidan Conference on Literature & Librarianship, April 2-5, 2015, Osaka, Japan.
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Cecilia Brainard's Reaction to Alex Tizon's "A Slave in My Family"



The confessional/memoir "My Family's Slave" by Filipino American writer Alex Tizon has caused a great stir, one might even say uproar, since it first appeared in The Atlantic earlier this week. The piece was published posthumously because Tizon died last March.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

#Travel Cruise to Bordeaux France


We took an 8-day Viking Cruise to Bordeaux, which included sailing to the Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne Rivers.  It was also a wine cruise, which meant we visited vineyards and sampled wines and food that went with the drinks.


Some of our companions bought bottles of wine to ship back to their homes, but since California has good wine, we did not bother.  We did learn more about wine-making and drinking. For instance I had thought that old oak casks were desirable for ageing wine.  I was wrong. New oak barrels impart the oak flavor to the wine, which explains why a new barrel costs 100 times more than an old barrel.


I also learned to look at the color of the wine, to sniff it to detect the different scents, and to sip it in a way that the liquid lingers in the taste buds.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Filipino American Writers at LitFest Pasadena #literature #California

Please join us on Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m. at the Walt Girdner Photo Studio and Gallery, 27 South Molina Ave, Pasadena, CA, for a panel discussion on "Cute as a Filipino on a Saturday Night" -- with Panel head Noel Alumit, and other writers: Boni Alvarez, Angela Penaredondo,and Chris Santiago. The phrase is from Raymond Chandler's "Big Sleep." This should be a lively discussion and hope to see some of you there!