New Book Releases

Two wonderful new story collections are now available, just in time for the holidays!

“Here in the States” a short story by your Salonniere, is included in the PALH anthology, Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults, edited by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. You can get your copy through, or Barnes & Noble. I’d greatly appreciate if you’d please spread the word to friends, family, teachers, booklovers, and librarians, and would love to hear your reviews. The San Francisco book launch takes place January 16, 2010. More information will be forthcoming or you can follow the updates on the PALH blog .

DISTRIBUTED BY: Ingram, Baker & Taylor,, Barnes and Noble, among others
P. O. Box 5099
S.M., CA 90409
Tel/fax: 310-452-1195;;;

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Growing Up Filipino II: More Stories for Young Adults is the second volume of the Growing Up Filipino series by PALH. In this collection of 27 short stories, Filipino and Filipino American writers explore the universal challenges and experiences of Filipino teens after the historic events of 9/11. The modern demands do not hinder Filipino youth from dealing with the universal concerns of growing up: family, friends, love, home, budding sexuality, leaving home. The delightful stories are written by well known as well as emerging writers. While the target audience of this fine anthology is young adults, the stories can be enjoyed by adult readers as well. There is a scarcity of Filipino American literature and this book is a welcome addition.

CONTRIBUTORS: Dean Francis Alfar, Katrina Ramos Atienza, Maria Victoria Beltran, M.G. Bertulfo, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, Amalia B. Bueno, Max Gutierrez, Leslieann Hobayan, Jaime An Lim, Paulino Lim Jr., Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor, Dolores de Manuel, Rashaan Alexis Meneses, Veronica Montes, Charlson Ong, Marily Ysip Orosa, Kannika Claudine D. Peña, Oscar Peñaranda, Edgar Poma, Tony Robles, Brian Ascalon Roley, Jonathan Jimena Siason, Aileen Suzara, Geronimo G. Tagatac, Marianne Villanueva

BIO OF EDITOR: Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the award-winning author and editor of over a dozen books, including the internationally-acclaimed novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, Magdalena and Acapulco at Sunset and Other Stories. She edited Growing Up Filipino: Stories for Young Adults, Fiction by Filipinos in America, and Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America, and co-edited four other books. Cecilia also wrote Fundamentals of Creative Writing (2009) for classroom use. She teaches at UCLA-Extension’s Writers Program.


Slightly Behind and to the Left

Volume 26. Slightly Behind and to the Left by Claire Light From Aqueduct Press

Slightly Behind and to the Left

The day all the men disappeared she went outside to see if it was true, if they were really all gone. The streets were quieter. You could hear more wind. Sometimes almost half a minute could go by without a car passing. The air smelled cleaner. More people were walking today, looking around. Some faces were in wonder. But in more of them, eyes were sweeping horizontal swaths, whites showing. And in the moments between the gusts of wind, when the wind died down and there were no cars passing, you could hear, for a moment, that the sound of walking was one of swishing and clopping, of cloth between thighs rubbed together, of wooden stacks, and of feet planted more forward than back. —from “Vacation”

Claire Light’s fiction shifts our perspective just enough off-center to render the world we know a strange and unfamiliar place. In this volume, a woman with the most thankless job in space will calculate a new kind of “cold equation” to get her home to port. In a fantastical place where adulthood is the biggest threat to adolescent boys, predators arise from unlikely quarters. In a world with wonky physics and no gravity, a lone human learns the meaning of “reckless endangerment of alien life.” And an alien abduction is only prelude to a long phantasmagoric journey. Interspersed with evocative flash fictions, this collection of stories luxuriates in the weird and wonky, half-lit realities and sidelong looks at painful truths.

To order the book, click “Order” on the left hand side of website.



  1. I couldn’t help it. I ordered them both. I can’t wait to read your short, Rashaan. And Claire’s book looks hilarious. Thanks for the heads up on both of these. It’ll be a very happy winter for me.

  2. Roz, I could kiss you for your support. Thanks so much! Would love to hear your reviews of both books.

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