As ever, community folks are asking me for Filipino Lit titles, and telling me they wish they could take my classes because they don’t know what/who is out there. So I thought I would compile this list of the books I have taught, or currently teach for my Filipino and Pinay Literature classes for over the past decade.
- Alvar, Mia. In the Country.
- Barry, Lynda. One! Hundred! Demons!
- Bayani, Jason. Amulet.
- Bobis, Merlinda. Banana Heart Summer.
- Bobis, Merlinda. Cantata of the Woman Warrior Daragang Magayon.
- Brainard, Cecilia, ed. Growing Up Filipino II.
- Bulosan, Carlos. America is in the Heart.
- Carbó, Nick, ed. Returning a Borrowed Tongue.
- Carbó, Nick and Eileen Tabios, eds. Babaylan.
- de la Paz, Oliver. Names Above Houses.
- Galang, M. Evelina. One Tribe.
- Hagedorn, Jessica. Danger and Beauty.
- Hagedorn, Jessica. Dogeaters.
- Joaquin, Nick. The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic.
- Kelly, Erin Entrada. The Land of Forgotten Girls.
- Linmark, R. Zamora. Leche.
- Lo, Cheena Marie. A Series of Un/Natural Disasters.
- Mabanglo, Elynia S. Invitation of the Imperialist.
- Mapa, Lorina. Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me.
- Monrayo, Angeles. Tomorrow’s Memories.
- Nolledo, Wilfrido D. But for the Lovers.
- Panlilio, Yay. The Crucible: An Autobiography of Colonel Yay.
- Poblete, Pati. The Oracles.
- Realuyo, Bino. The Gods We Worship Live Next Door.
- Reavey, Amanda Ngoho. Marilyn.
- Reyes, Barbara Jane. To Love as Aswang.
- Reyes, Barbara Jane. Invocation to Daughters.
- Sapigao, Janice Lobo. microchips for millions.
- Suzara, Aimee. Souvenir.
- Tenorio, Lysley. Monstress.
- Villanueva, Marianne. Ginseng and Other Tales from Manila.
- Wilson, Ronaldo. Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man.
So, this does not count the numerous books I have excerpted, such as Carlos Bulosan, The Laughter of My Father and On Becoming Filipino, or the literary works available in online journals. What this is is a good starting point. Next semester, for Pinay Lit class, I will have new titles (TBA) on my syllabus. I do switch them out or cycle books through. My decision making is based on reader/student response, and also, my interest level. Of course, most important is the availability of books, if they are still in print, or if they are cost prohibitive.
I will also be proposing another course/developing a new curriculum for Filipino American Literature in the SF Bay Area. I haven’t started yet, but it’s on my radar to submit next semester for a 2019 start.
So there you go. Here are 30+ Filipino authored books to go read. Sige na.