What Readers are saying about “Maria and the Lost Calf”

“This story brings me to tears as I read it to my children. The paintings are majestic. The story is full of emotion and the beautiful heritage of Portuguese culture that Maria is blessed to enjoy. Thank you so much for writing this book!”
— Kitano

“Received the book today and couldn’t wait to read it! Such a precious story, well written and illustrated!!!Very talented couple whom I’m so happy to have gotten to know!!!  Hope a lot of copies are purchased!! Good luck!”
— Kim

“Hi, It seems a really wonderful the book, I have a sister living in Azores and also my ancestors were from there. The funny thing is that although I don’t know California I always loved to hear stories from Portuguese who went there to live centuries ago and I even thought (I have a degree in Cinema) of directing a documentary about it. So you have two places I love in your book :) I hope to purchase it soon! I’m sure it will inspire me!”

Best wishes.
— Rita

I am so excited! I got my book today. I must say, I was so psyched to buy it, I didn’t know it was a hardcover. That was a nice surprise. Beautifully illustrated, all the paintings portray a mood and emotion in the story. Love how all the pages are in two languages. The story is a sweet story that gives a great background to one of the many reasons I love the United States, we truly are a “melting pot” and love stories that show this.

When school starts back, I will donate it to the school I work at as a gift. I never hesitate at the opportunity to give to the creative community, and giving the children something unique to read. It’s stories like this that teach our children, home really is where the heart is. Thanks Kate and Dwight!

- Jenni

High praise for Maria and the Lost Calf! Raising children in CA makes this book dear to my heart. It’s full of rich history and a deep appreciation for a family’s farm life. This sweet book exudes love and is sure to be a classic.

- Amy

The watercolors are incredible and as gentile as the warm story they illustrate. The love and reassurance of our father and his protective eye guides us through even our
most fearful moments. Thank you Kate and Dwight for this moving tale!

- Kate

Maria and the Lost Calf,  is a children’ s book written by Kate Morejohn, illustrated by Dwight Morejohn and published by Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, an all volunteer,  non profit  501 c (3), community publisher created to research, preserve and disseminate for educational purposes, vanishing memories and current relevant events about the Portuguese presence in California.

Maria and the Lost Calf

This delightful children’s story, beautifully illustrated, with original watercolors takes place in the California Marin headlands at the turn of the last century. It tells the story of a young farmer’s daughter, Maria, whose favorite calf wanders away from her parent’s dairy farm the night before the Holy Ghost Festa, and Maria becomes lost herself looking for the calf. During her overnight escapade, Maria reminiscences about her home country in the Azores, the family and friends left behind, and her long and hazardous ocean crossing from the Azores to California.

This first children’s book from Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, with text in both English and Portuguese – provides a vivid account of the historic presence of the Portuguese-Azorean dairy farmers in Southern and Western Marine County.cover-maria

This book is appropriate for children ages 2 to 12, both as a redo-to, and as an early primer in both English and Portuguese. Maria and the Lost Calf is the ideal gift for your children, grand-children and other young members of your family.

The author and illustrator (wife and husband) are native Californians and were raised on ranches.

For more details about this beautiful children’s book, or to purchase it, please visit the following link:  http://portuguesebooks.org/books/maria-and-the-lost-calf-maria-e-a-bezerrinha-perdida/

To browse all our books, please visit: http://portuguesebooks.org/

Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc. is a non-profit organization, created to research, preserve and disseminate for educational purposes, vanishing memories and current relevant events about the Portuguese presence in California.

 

 

Another PHPC Book Candidate for Literary Award

politicians coverPortuguese Heritage Publications of California was just notified by The International Latino Book Awards, that its recently published book: California’s Portuguese Politicians – A Century of Legislative Service, is one of the finalists in the category Best History Book. The awards ceremony will take place at the Clark County Library Theater in Las Vegas, on June 28th. 2014.

California’s Portuguese Politicians, published by PHPC in partnership with Luso-American Foundation (FLAD), documents the many contributions of politicians of Portuguese descent in the State and National legislatures.

From John G. Mattos, a first-generation immigrant from the island of Faial, elected to the California State Assembly in 1900, to David Valadão, a second generation Portuguese Californian elected to the US Congress in 2012, Portuguese-Californian immigrants have played a significant role in American politics in state and national legislatures. The author, Dr. Alvin Graves, thoughtfully introduces the reader to the pioneer Portuguese politicians from California’s San Joaquin Valley, by reflecting on their upbringing, their family lives, their civil service, their accomplishment and, for some, their pathway to Washington DC and the National Congress.

We are thankful to our team of volunteers and to the author Dr. Alvin Graves, for once again rising to the call in the production of a this high quality publication both in terms of its content and luxurious edition.

Please follow this link for a well written article by Anthony Barcellos, about the book and several politicians portrayed in it: http://www.rtp.pt/icmblogs/rtp/comunidades/index.php?k=The-Portuguese-in-Politics-Anthony-Barcellos.rtp&post=47221

To learn more about California’s Portuguese Politicians and to purchase the book, please follow the link: http://portuguesebooks.org/books/californias-portuguese-politicians-a-century-of-legislative-service/

Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc. is a non-profit organization created to research, preserve and disseminate for educational purposes, vanishing memories and current relevant events about the
Portuguese presence in California.

LITERARY READING IN SAN JOSE BY PORTUGUESE-AMERICAN WRITERS AND POETS

photo blog 01-24-14bKale Soup for the Soul, a literary group of Portuguese-American writers and poets, and Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, an all volunteer, non-profit community publisher, held a literary reading this past Sunday, January 19th., at the Pacific Hotel – History San Jose Park.

The cast of Portuguese-American poets and writers delighted the audience that filled to capacity the Renzel room of the Pacific Hotel. We would like to take the opportunity to thank these writers and poets, who came from far away to share their works with the Portuguese community of the San Francisco Bay Area:

Sam Pereira, from Los Banos, California. His books include: The Marriage of the Portuguese, Brittle Water, A Cafe in Boca. His most recent book, Dusting on Sunday (Tebot Bach) was released in December 2012.

Ahmed Al-Sheikh, born in Saudi Arabia, to a Saudi father and an immigrant Portuguese mother from Corvo, Azores. His first novel, Lunen: Triblood, is self published in several ebook formats as well as print.

Darrel Kastin, his books include the novel The Undiscovered Island, short story collection, The Conjurer & Other Azorean Tales, with two new novels: A Tale of the Azorean Nights, and Inês de Castro: Queen after Death forthcoming. He is also a musician and composer.

Millicent Borges Accardi, author of three poetry books: Injuring Eternity, Woman on a Shaky Bridge, and Only More So (forthcoming). She lives in Los Angeles.
Anthony Barcellos, grew up speaking Portuguese on his grandfather’s dairy farm in Porterville, and is the author of the novel Land of Milk and Money (Tagus Press). He is a math professor at American River College in Sacramento.

 Linette Escobar is a Portuguese-American Poet whose work has appeared in Babilonia, Sparkle and Blink, and the Santa Clara Review. She is working on a memoir about her experiences working in Thailand as a tsunami volunteer. She lives in San Francisco.

Tony John Roma, immigrated to California in utero from the island of São Jorge. He grew up in San Leandro among the last great wave of Portuguese immigrants to the area. He graduated from Sacramento State, where he was a recipient of the Bazzanella Literary Award for short fiction.

The poets shared from their published works, pieces at times pungent, painful, thought provoking and hard hitting; others mired in social sarcasm and humor but all full of that goose bump lyricism that only a sophisticated sensibility is capable of creating and poetic mastery enables its sharing.

The writers read from their works of fiction and novel, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the entire event. At the end of the presentations, the authors answered questions from the audience and signed their books.
Following the readings, all participants partook of an abundant service of appetizers and wine, while mingling and socializing with friends and acquaintances. The event was open to the public, free of charge.

Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, an all volunteer, non-profit community publisher is thankful for the opportunity to introduce to the Portuguese community these Portuguese-American writers, well know by American readers, but not necessarily so by the Portuguese-American community at large.
Those interested in acquiring the literary works of these authors may do so at Amazon.com.

Portuguese-American Authors Reading at San Jose History Park

539817_280612468680375_438094220_nPlease join us next week in San Jose for the latest installment of Kale Soup for the Soul, Portuguese-American authors reading work about family, food, Portuguese culture and more.

Sunday, January 19th from 1-4:00 (wine and appetizers provided).
Pacific Hotel, Renzel Room
History Park, San Jose, CA

Lineup of authors include:

Sam Pereira, from Los Banos, California. His books include: The Marriage of the Portuguese, Brittle Water, A Cafe in Boca. His most recent book, Dusting on Sunday (Tebot Bach) was released in December 2012.

Ahmed Al-Sheikh, born in Saudi Arabia, to a Saudi father and an immigrant Portuguese mother from Corvo, Azores. His first novel, Lunen: Triblood, is self published in several ebook formats as well as print.

Darrel Kastin, his books include the novel The Undiscovered Island, short story collection, The Conjurer & Other Azorean Tales, with two new novels: A Tale of the Azorean Nights, and Inês de Castro: Queen after Death forthcoming. He is also a musician and composer.

Millicent Borges Accardi, author of three poetry books: Injuring Eternity, Woman on a Shaky Bridge, and Only More So(forthcoming). She lives in Los Angeles.

Anthony Barcellos grew up speaking Portuguese on his grandfather’s dairy farm in Porterville, and is the author of the novel Land of Milk and Money (Tagus Press). He is a math professor at American River College in Sacramento.

This reading has been kindly sponsored by Portuguese Heritage Publications of California.

Note: There are several historic buildings within History Park, including the Portuguese Museum. Our event will take place in the Historical Pacific Hotel. History Park is located at the corner of Senter Road and Phelan Avenue, accessible by VTA line 73. Parking is available in the City of San José parking lot at the end of Phelan Avenue

Portuguese-Americans in Tulare: A time for celebration and reflection

By Diniz (Dennis) Borges Special to the Tulare Voice

The Portuguese-American community in Tulare is changing. Our immigration began in the 19th century and had two strong waves in the 20th century: from 1902 to 1921 and again from 1959 to 1978.

Diniz (Dennis) BorgesAs the community integrates, and rightly so, into America’s mainstream, and as the younger generations become more American and less Portuguese, our associations and cultural organizations also must adapt and transform.

So as we celebrate the numerous events of 2013, we must also put forth a reflected and ambitious plan for 2014 and beyond.

Ask anyone in Tulare about the activities of the Portuguese-American and you will get a similar response: Festas. These traditional events have been part of the religious and cultural idiosyncrasies of our community since we came from the Azores islands.

This year, one of the most remarkable events was indeed the Portuguese Holy Ghost Celebration (Festa do Divino Espírito Santo). Held in Tulare for more than 100 years, most of the celebrations have been under the auspices of the TDES hall.

This year’s event was an exceptional celebration put forth by a large committee lead by Manuel and Alda Lawrence, both emigrants from the Azores, who came to America at a very young age. Through their vision, leadership and community unity, they were able to conjugate an amalgam of activists and groups, constructing a weeklong event that celebrated a 700 year old tradition.

They were able to congregate folks of all age groups from students to senior citizens.  The Lawrences certainly took an important and much needed step in making the Festa (as it is popularly known) a celebration that involved the entire community. Kudos to the Lawrences for their significant contribution and leadership.

Our next step must be in the direction of making sure the Festa is part of our mainstream social and cultural calendar, with more visibility and totally opened to all the ethnic and racial groups that compose our truly unique human mosaic.

Tulare’s Portuguese-American community had an array of events in 2013, mostly social and gastronomical, celebrating some cyclical traditions brought over from the Azores islands. Amongst them were:

  • Matança do Porco (Killing of the Pig) at Tulare-Angrense Athletic Club in March.
  •  S. Martinho (celebrating the new wine) by the Portuguese Cultural and Evangelization Center in October.
  •  Danças do Carnaval (Mardi Gras) in February, a vaudeville type of performance that involves groups from various parts the state, at both TDES and TAAC halls.
  •  Epiphany celebration by the students at the Portuguese Language school Vitorino Nemésio at St. Aloysius Catholic Church.
  •  The yearly celebration of popular culture and philharmonic band presentation in August, promoted by the Tulare Portuguese Philharmonics Band.
  •  The Portuguese-American County Breakfast, Tastes and Sounds of the Azores, Azorean-American Cultural Week (in October); Portuguese Immigrant Week (March); Portuguese-American Heritage Days (April), Portuguese Education Day (Oct. 22) and the MVPA Awards promoted by the Society of Portuguese-American Students (SOPAS) with the collaboration of other Portuguese-American organizations such as: CPEC, TAAC and TDES.

The year was also manifested by cultural events put forth by the Tulare-Angra Sister City Foundation, including a performance by two Azorean poets and singers, co-sponsored by SOPAS, promoting the richness of the Portuguese poetry; and a book presentation co-sponsored by the Tulare Historical Museum.

The book, a first in the Portuguese-American community, was entitled: “California’s Portuguese Politicians: a Century of Legislative service.” It was researched and written by Dr. Alvin Graves, who worked for many years at the local Wells Fargo Bank, and features the individual and collective stories of several Portuguese-Americans who have served at the state and national level, in our state and national legislative bodies.

One of those featured, Tulare resident and Congressman Devin Nunes, was the keynote speaker at the book launching.

This very elegant, hard covered book, was published by the Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, the primary publishing house of the history of the Portuguese in this state and one of the foremost Portuguese-American publishers in the country. It was certainly an honor for our community to host the first and official launching in our city.

The Tulare-Angra Sister City Foundation also hosted, with the collaboration of other organizations, the visit of Dr. Paulo Teves, director of Azorean communities, and the Sanjoaninas Committee.

This yearly visit promotes the June SanJoaninas (St. John’s) celebration, the largest celebration Angra do Heroismo, Tulare’s Sister City on Terceira Island, holds.

As the Portuguese-American community continues its metamorphosis into the American mainstream, it must look into its celebrations and cultural events – some of them seeing fewer and fewer participants each year – and reflect seriously not only on which need to be maintained, but also on what needs to be worked and reworked in order to fit the acculturation process our community undergoing.  This is a healthy and natural process in a community that 35 years ago ceased to have significant immigration.

In 2014, we in the Portuguese-American community must look into our soul and collectively reflect on how we are going to preserve and promote, within our families and with our neighbors and friends from other ethnic groups in Tulare, our traditions, our culture and our ties to the islands that we, or our forefathers, left in the middle of the North Atlantic.

Diniz (Dennis) Borges is a Portuguese language instructor at Tulare Union High School and College of the Sequoias. He is also president of the North American Portuguese Teacher’s Association and the secretary of the National Organization of Portuguese-Americans

Gift Books for Christmas – Prices Discounted as much as 35%!

Gifting a book to family and friends for Christmas, is an easy way to complete your Holiday gift list; you don’t even need to leave the house! Just order and pay online at: http://portuguesebooks.org/gift-ideas-for-the-holidays/ , your book order will be delivered to your door step within 4-5 days! Please order now to avoid the Holiday shipping rush!

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During this Holiday Season, Portuguese Heritage Publications offers 3 book bundles from its “Heritage”, “Pioneer” and “Décima Ilha” book collections, at very affordable prices. Books are available in English and Portuguese languages to satisfy every preference.

In order to make our books available to everyone, we have slashed our prices as much as 35%! This is your opportunity to give the gift that will last a lifetime! Don’t wait, take advantage of this SPECIAL offer good through January 7th. 2014.

Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc. is a non-profit organization, created to research, preserve and disseminate for
educational purposes, vanishing memories and current relevant events about the Portuguese presence in California.

Capelinhos: A Volcano of Synergies, on Curriculum at Leslie University

Tony Goulart    Capelinhos: A Volcano of Synergies, a project by Tony Goulart, published by Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, is considered as one of the most current and complete works of socio- anthropological research on the second wave of Portuguese emigration to America and its impact on host societies on both U.S. coasts. Leslie University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just chose to adopt the book as a compendium of the curriculum of the Institute of Cultural Studies for Diversity taught by that university

Alongside the book ” Blindness ” written by the Nobel Prize for Literature José Saramago, also selected for the same purpose, the book of the Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, a publication coordinated by Tony Goulart , during the commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the Capelinhos volcano.

The book  eventually received the distinction and its prominent place that much honor and dignify the work of the publisher and its coordinator, as well as all contributors to the project from California , New England and the Azores, including the Committee Capelinhos 50/California, who participated in the preparation of this important document, as well as the Regional Secretary for the Communities and the Presidency of the Azores Government, who supported the publishing initiative.

Tony Goulart was invited by Leslie University to make a presentation on November 14th. as Keynote Speaker of the 2013 Cultural Studies Special Lecture . The lecture , which will be open to the academic community of Leslie University and guests, will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts. After the lecture, a reception will take place at the same location.

Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc. is a non-profit organization, created to research, preserve and disseminate for educational purposes, vanishing memories and current relevant events about the Portuguese presence in California. To learn more about PHPC Inc. and its publications, please visit: www.PortugueseBooks.Org

August Mark Vaz – A Pioneer and a Friend

From its inception, Portuguese Heritage Publications of California was fortunate enough to have received the enthusiastic support and encouragement of August Mark Vaz to go forward with its Mission to research, preserve and disseminate vanishing memories and relevant historic events about the Portuguese presence in California.

When asked to collaborate on our first publication The Holy Ghost Festas – A Historic Perspective of the Portuguese in California, he replied with a generous and resounding “definitely”!

August Mark Vaz was a pioneer in California Portuguese historiography. His book The Portuguese in California, published in 1965, is still recognized today as a most valuable reference for the history of the Portuguese immigrant experience in California. His passing on September 12, 2013, leaves a recognizable void within the Portuguese-American literary community, as well as the community at large.

Portuguese Heritage Publications of California is most grateful for August Mark Vaz generous contribution, enthusiastic support and friendship. We extend our sincere condolences to his family. Paz á sua alma (May his soul rest in peace).

Henrique Dinis

President, PHPC, Inc.

California’s Portuguese Politicians – A Century of Legislative Service

Portuguese Heritage Publications of California in partnership with Fundação Luso-Americana (FLAD) are pleased to announce the release of their publication: California’s Portuguese Politicians – A Century of Legislative Service, scheduled to be released to the general public in late Fall of this year. The publication is currently in print stage.

Some segments of our readership may find the subject of this book to fall short of the level of interest raised by prior publications of our well known Heritage Collection. After all, politics and politicians carry with them an undeniable stigma, particularly considering the current heavily partisan and polarized national political environment.

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Dr. Al Graves, Author

Painstakingly cognizant that every decision carries with it inherent risk, Portuguese Heritage Publications of California and Fundação Luso-Americana (FLAD), have taken an important step to capture and document this lesser known but not less fascinating aspect of the Portuguese immigrant experience in California.

We believe that to gain insight into the awareness and commitment of a community toward its civic responsibilities, one must understand the social force that binds the members of such community to specific courses of action. To understand a community in such a way is to understand its key motivators, its very social fabric. This book is but one step towards a broader discussion and understanding of Portuguese-American politics in California.

California’s Portuguese Politicians – A Century of Legislative Service, is a limited edition and for this very reason we want to ensure that our longtime readers and supporters have the opportunity to acquire the book, prior to its release to the general public. To pre-order your book, go to: info@PortugueseBooks.Org, provide your email and mail addresses, as well as phone number and let us know the number of copies you wish to reserve, or call us at: 408-272-1222. You will be contacted in advance of the book’s availability to the general public, in order to purchase your reserved copy (ies).

Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc. is a non-profit organization, created to research, preserve and disseminate vanishing memories and current relevant events about the Portuguese presence in California, for educational purposes.