Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Francia, Luis H,. Brown River, White Ocean. Rutgers University Press, 1993, large softcover, new, 279 pp.
These 31 short stories and 108 poems represent 82 authors, most of whom--with the possible exceptions of Jessica Hagedorn, Carlos Bulosan, and Jose Garcia Villa--will be unknown to American readers. The works frequently deal with universal issues of love, family, injustice, and interracial relations but explore them using Philippine customs and places, as well as words in Tagalog, Ilocano, and Spanish. Fine stories by D. Paulo Dizon ("The Beautiful Horse"), F. Sionil Jose ("Tong"), and Leoncio Deriada ("Pigpen"), and poems by Nick Joaquin, Carlos A. Angeles, and others make this anthology an excellent introduction. Recommended for general audiences.
Syquia, Louis, LIWANAG: Literary and Graphic Expressions by Filipino Americans. Liwanag Publications, 1975, First Edition, Signed & Inscribed by Editor, new, 222 pages.
A ground-breaking collection of poems, short stories, essays, photographs, and pictures by Filipino Americans. The book is highly collectible

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