Book Talks with Booksigning
Saturday, October 26, 2019
3:00pm - 6:00pm
To celebrate Filipino American History Month, we are happy to present five Filipino American authors who will talk about their books and views regarding their ancestral roots. They come from different backgrounds but all are rooted on their being Filipino. This is our last Book Talk event for 2019 and we hope that you will be able to join us. Please come, support and inspire our authors with your presence. Kung Hindi Tayo, Sino Pa? Kung Hindi Ngayon, Kailan Pa? Please share this Invite. Maraming salamat po! See below for authors and the books that they will personally autograph for you. We also accept orders via email: email@example.com or by phone. We will allow a 10% discount on book purchases of clients who will be one of first ten who will call in their RSVP. 310-548-8148 or 310-514-9139
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
"When the Rainbow Goddess Wept." 2019
This was her first novel, originally published in the US in 1999 and now republished as a Philippine edition to make it available to Filipinos in the homeland. Author skillfully interweaves realistic events with myths of women fighters and goddesses, as well as fantastic dreams, using the mythical city of Ubec, as the setting. Author is from Cebu and Ubec is Cebu read backwards. Todate , she has written and edited overly twenty books.
"The Brothers Luna: Madmen or Geniuses." 2014.
A first novel based on historical facts intertwined with a compelling story of romance, passion, friendship, intrigue, murder, espionage, war and the arts. The book is about two brothers, Juan Luna, the famous painter and Antonio Luna, a well-known general in the Revolution against Spain fighting one cause and both willing to die for the freedom of the Philippines from foreign rule. Consequently, no one can say for sure what motivated them to make the personal and political decisions that shaped who they were, and in the end, created the legacy they left.
Myles A. Garcia.
"Of Adobo, Apple Pie and Schnitzel with Noodles." 2017
A third book, it is not a cookbook but it serves a buffet of varied topics to nibble on, relish and digest. His essays, written from a point of view of someone who has lived in the US for a long time, and yet has remained a Filipino at heart, gives varied insights on the current Pinoy American. His other books are "Secrets of the Olympic Ceremonies" and "Thirty Years Later .. Catching Up with the Marcos-Era Crimes." He will sign all three books during the event.
Paulino Lim, Jr., Ph.D.
"Spots of Time: Memoir of a Mind." 2018
Dr Lim is a professor emeritus of English at California State University, Long Beach and recipient of many awards for his fiction and scholarly essays that are constructive criticisms of the political, social and religious problems in the Philippines today. His latest book, a memoir won the Award for Best Book of Nonfiction Prose in English during the recent 38th Philippine National Book Awards. In this valedictory essay, he considers his literary legacy his four novels - set against the dictatorial regimes of President Ferdinand Marcos _ "The Philippine Quartet". His memoir also includes excerpts from his published works that illustrate the evolving mindset or consciousness of the Filipino (OFW) who leaves the country to reside or work in a
Alexander Villarasa, MD.
"It's All About Something". 2019
A first book, this collection of essays deal with varied subjects by a retired pediatrician who shares his journey and his life's experiences with joy. "... and Villarasa reveals himself as an entertainer and teacher, alternating between discussions on near-death experiences, angels, and the benefits of golf and Karaoke. Clearly, Villarasa enjoys speaking out about challenging issues. Respecting his audience, he patiently engages the reader’s mind by presenting thoughts and opinions of noted thinkers on controversial subjects. While contrasting the ego and soul, the author references Freud, Jung, and Adler. With English as his second language, deeper subjects cause him to default to using words that rhyme and are polysyllabic to convey meaning with emotion. Readers are not likely to mind since the author acknowledges this habit. Villarasa deserves praise for bravely tackling some of the weightier topics known to mankind." - Excerpts from the "US Book Review."
In 1984, Philippine Expressions Bookshop was established in Los Angeles as a mail-order bookshop dedicated to Filipino Americans in search of their roots. In 1989, we opened a brick and mortar bookshop in the old Jewish Quarter on Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, between Robertson and La Cienega. As a specialty bookshop, we promoted only materials relevant to the Philippines and Filipino Americans.
However, in 1992, the bookshop's roof was damaged during a major storm in LA. Thus, the bookshop closed its doors, but continued its operation via mail-order in Westwood. In 1996, the business moved to Rancho Palos Verdes. In July 2016, we reopened as a brick and mortar bookshop in the Historic Arts District, San Pedro, CA.
The Bookshop has provided a home for Philippine writings in America and has pioneered in promoting Philippine books in the US for the last 35 years. We host regular publication parties, book talks, lectures on Philippine culture by visiting Filipino scholars, poetry readings during the National Poetry Month in April, and other literary soirees. Annually, we celebrate Pinay Gathering to honor the writings of Filipino women during the International Women's History Month in March. For seventeen years, we participated in the LA Times Festival of Books (LATFB), at the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the University of Southern California (USC). Over the years, the Bookshop has supported various community events: the LA Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC); the biennial conference of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS). We also participated in the Filipino American Book Festival at the San Francisco Public Library in October 2011 and 2013.
And now, our new bookshop in San Pedro is ready to serve you. Mabuhay!
479 W 6th Street, Suite 105, San Pedro, CA 90731
Wednesday - Friday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
First Thursdays during the San Pedro Artwalk: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Other days and time by appointment only.