Cecilia Manguerra Brainard introduces her book, Vigan and Other Stories.

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard introduces her most recent book, Vigan and Other Stories.

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the award-winning author of eight books, including the well-acclaimed novel When the Rainbow Goddess Wept and Magdalena, A Novel, Vigan and Other Stories, Acapulco at Sunset and other Stories, Philippine Woman in America, Woman with Horns and Other Stories, Cecilia’s Diary 1962-1968, and Fundamentals of Creative Writing. She has edited four books: Growing Up Filipino I & II, Fiction by Filipinos in America, Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in American and has co-edited six books, including Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence;  Behind the Walls: Life of Convent Girls;  Ala Carte: Food and Fiction, and Finding God: True Stories of Spiritual Encounters. She has also written a novel with four other women entitled, Angelica’s Daughters, a Dugtungan Novel.

Cecilia has received a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, a Brody Arts Fund Award, a Special Recognition Award for her work dealing with Asian American youths, as well as a certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate, 21stDistrict. She received the prestigious Filipinas Magazine Arts Award, and the Outstanding Individual Award from her birth city, Cebu. She teaches creative writing at the Writers Program at UCLA- Extension, and is married to Lauren R. Brainard, a former Peace Corps volunteer to Leyte, Philippines; they have three sons.

Of her lates book, Vigan and Other Stories, Paulino Lim, Jr. Professor Emeritus, CSU – Long Beach wrote:  “This is a rich and generous collection of stories. They spring from various sources – autobiographical, anecdotal, and experimental. It entertains the casual reader, instructs aspiring and practicing writer alike, and enriches the country’s culture.” 

For more info, please visit cbrainard.blogspot.com.


*Write-up prepared by Philippine Expressions Bookshop for Author's Night in Los Angeles.