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PALH or Philippine American Literary House

PO Box 5099
Santa Monica, CA 90409

Welcome to the site of PALH, also known as Philippine American Literary House.  PALH publishes high quality fiction and creative non-fiction by Filipino Americans and other Filipinos. 

PAWWA Co-founders

PALH's beginnings connect with PAWWA (Philippine American Women Writers and Artists), an award-winning group that supported other Filipina writers and artists and provided community service.  PAWWA recognized the lack of Filipino and Filipino American books in the United States and encouraged PAWWA co-founders Cecilia Brainard and Susan Montepio to start PALH.   PALH currently continues under the leadership of Cecilia Brainard with the help of an Advisory Board.

PALH's publications include:

A River, One-Woman Deep: Stories, by Linda Ty-Casper (PALH 2017, 228 pages)
ISBN 9780971945852 (sc) $18.99; 987097191945845 (hb) $29.95

Winner of the SEA Write and other awards, Filipina writer, Linda Ty-Casper, who is noted for her historical fiction set in the Philippines, presents this new story collection that includes her novella of the same title. 

Her novella is set during the tumultuous Estrada years from 1998 to 2001 when the Philippine president rose to power and was impeached after massive rallies. The main character is a Filipina-American who uncovers a family secret during her visit to Manila, a secret caused by another traumatic historic event in the Philippines -- World War Two. Her other stories are about Filipino and Filipino-American women.

Benedicta Takes Wing and Other Stories, by Veronica Montes (PALH 2018), 190 pages
ISBN 9780971945876 (sc) $14.99; 9780971945869 (hb) $24.99

Veronica Montes' debut book, Benedicta Takes Wing and Other Stories, includes fourteen short stories set in the United States and in the Philippines. The writer is a Philippine American who was raised and who continues to live in the Bay Area of Northern California. Her stories are inspired by the Filipino and Mainstream American cultures that she grew up in. Her stories are of people caught between two worlds, a people in diaspora, who have to negotiate the demands of the two cultures that dominate their lives. With a sharp eye for telling detail and the right dash of humor, Montes can tell the story of spunky girls who find the verve to tell off a chauvinist ex-Marine uncle. She can revisit an unforgettable night out of a teenage girl in a Manila bar run by midgets. A fresh Asian American voice, Montes depicts the grief and everyday joy handed down as inheritance, the affections and denials that bind Filipino families together. 

The Newspaper Widow, by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House 2017, Manila, Distributed by PALH, 238 pages)
ISBN 9789715068116 (sc) $18.95

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, author of the acclaimed World War Two novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept (University of Michigan Press) presents her third novel, The Newspaper Widow, set in the Philippines in 1909 during the early years of the United States' colonial empire in Asia. Brainard combines compelling characters with an intriguing mystery and page-turning literary suspense. What begins as a murder mystery transforms into something greater as love, loyalty, and friendship are tested and refined. The novel was shortlisted for the inaugural Cirilo F. Bautista Prize for the novel.
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Magdalena, by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House 2016, Manila, Distributed by PALH, 146 pages)
ISBN 9789715068017 (sc) $15.95

This second novel of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard blends a series of multiple perspectives to create a polyphony of voices that enacts Philippine society during periods of war that affected the Philippines: Philippine-American War at the turn of the century, World War Two, and the Vietnam War. The fragmented narrative is a nuanced vision of the workings of culture, social class, obligation and the Filipino personality. First published in 2003 in the US, the book has received favorable books reviews and academic attention and was reissued by the UST Publishing House in 2016. 

Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults, edited by C.M. Brainard (PALH 2003, 283 pages)
ISBN 0971945802 (sc) On SALE for $8

"Emerging and established award-winning writers are the authors of this fine collection of 29 stories about what it means to be young and Filipino in the Philippines and in the United States...This impressive array captures the complexities of both the Filipino culture and history and the realities of the lives of young adults no matter what their ethnic affiliation. Each story is assigned to one of five university themes: family, angst, friendship, love, and home" ~ Glenna Sloan, Bookbird Journal International

Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults, edited by C.M. Brainard (PALH 2009, 258 pages)
ISBN 9780971945838 (sc) $21.95; ISBN 9780971945821 (hb) $29.95

"This collection of 27 short stories, the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Growing Up Filipino, reflects the impact of post-9/11 wartime sensibilities among Filipino writers living in the Philippines, United States, and Canada. Although similar topics of family, memoir, and coming-of-age thread through both collections, the pieces are not grouped by theme, but nevertheless weave a constantly shifting tapestry of Filipino identity. The chanllenges and conflicts of unique ancestry and struggles for identity provide a rich background for modern urban realism .. These is plenty here to stimulate discussion and encourage an appreciation of Filipino writing and cutlure. The anthology is a worthy successor to the first voilume and has appeal to an audience beyond high schoool literature courses." ~ Roxanne Spencer, School Library Journal

Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence (PAWWA 1999, distributed by PALH, 260 pages) On Sale $8

 "Kudos to the Philippine American Women Writers and Artists and the Asian Pacific Student Services, Loyola Marymount University for this tour de force of one hundred years of Filipino and Filipino American history and culture.  In this ambitious book, seventeen leading scholars and writers survey some significant themes and issues in the Philippines and the United States during the 20th century.  We have Cecilia Manguerra Brainard on the significance of Magellan's voyage, and Edmundo F. Litton on colonialism and education.  Epifanio San Juan on the Filipino diaspora, Valorie Slaughter Bejarano on Filipino life in L.A., Luisa Igloria on revolutionary Filipino women's poetry, and much more.  This work offers an important insight into the history of the Philippines and will become a benchmark for future studies." ~ Roger N. Buckley, Professor of History and Director, Asian American Studies Institute, University of Connecticut.

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PALH's Advisory Board:

RocĂ­o G. Davis is currently an independent scholar based in Spain. Her research interests include Asian North American writing, autobiography and history, postcolonialism, and children's literature. She was a founding member of MESEA (The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas) and is currently Vice-President of the Association. Her publications include three monographs, five edited special issues of journals, and over 90 articles in books or journals.

Paulino Lim, Jr. is emeritus professor at California State University, Long Beach. He earned a master's degree at University of Santo Tomas, Manila, and a doctorate at University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of a book on Byron and five works of fiction, including a quartet of political novels on the Philippines

Edmundo F. Litton is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University where he is the Coordinator of the Secondary and Bilingual Programs.  He completed his Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Georgetown University.  He also holds an MA in Educational Technology and a Doctorate in Education in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. 

Reine Marie Melvin (left) is a Filipina editor, writer, and translator based in Paris, France. She has worked as the senior project editor of the International Herald Tribune.


PALH's GENERAL MANAGER: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the award-winning author and editor of 19 books. She teaches at the Writers Program of UCLA Extension.

Brian Ascalon Roley is the award-winning author of American Son: a novel (W.W. Norton), The Last Mistress of Jose Rizal and Other Stories, among others. He is an English Professor at Miami University of Ohio.

Akemi Kikumura Yano is an anthropologist, museum curator, educator, and writer of books, plays, and professional papers, published in both English and Japanese.  She is the author of Through Harsh Winters:  The Life of An Immigrant Woman and Promises Kept:  The Life of an Immigrant Man.  Her most recent book is the Encyclopedia of Japanese Descendants in the Americas:  An Illustrated History of Nikkei.  She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA and taught at both UCLA & USC.

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