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.

 

Another First for Portuguese-American Writers!

AWP (Associated Writers Programs) is the largest writers conference in the world, having registered 12,000 attendees at the last conference in Boston. For the very first time in the history of the AWP conference, there will be a Portuguese American panel in the program at the 2014 conference in Seattle.

TITLE: Beyond Pessoa, the New Landscape of Portuguese-American Literature

DESCRIPTION: In recent years there has been a surge in the visibility of Portuguese-American literature. From early immigrant tales of fishermen, whalers, carpenters and factory workers, to modern day poetry and fiction about ethnicity, politics, and identity, this panel will discuss the landscape of Portuguese-American writing in the 21st century.

MERIT:  In 2011/12, there were over thirty new books by Portuguese-American writers, including two seminal anthologies published by Rutgers UP and Gavea-Brown, setting in motion the components for the start of a true new wave in ethnic literature in the United States and globally.  

The panel was proposed by our esteemed Board member Millicent Borges Accardi,  a Portuguese-American poet who has received literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), CantoMundo, the California Arts Council, Barbara Deming Foundation, and Formby Special Collections at Texas Tech University for research on the writer/activist Key Boyle. Her full-length poetry collection Injuring Eternity is with World Nouveau (Mischievous Muse Press), and a second collection, Only More So is forthcoming. She also has a chapbook, Woman on a Shaky Bridge with Finishing Line Press.

We recognize and congratulate Millicent on her effort to bring Portuguese-American writers to the forefront of American literature, at such a reputable forum.

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.

For more information about Portuguese Heritage Publications and its published works, please visit: www.PortugueseBooks.Org

Power of the Spirit Goes Coastal

cayucosOur Award Winning book Power of the Spirit – A Portuguese Journey of Building Faith and Churches in California, has gone coastal in the last couple weekends with book introductions at the F.D.E.S Hall in Monterey and at Cayucos’ Conselho Beira-Mar.

The communities of both locations welcomed the PHPC representatives on hand and showed their enthusiasm by acquiring our books, particularly our last release Power of the Spirit, which is moving out the door very quickly. If you have not yet acquired your copy of Power of the Spirit, please do so as soon as possible before it sells out. You can purchase this and other PHPC published books at: www.PortugueseBooks.Org

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.

Power of the Spirit – Successful Book Presentation in San Jose

Portuguese Heritage Publications launched its newly released publication  Power of the Spirit – A Portuguese Journey of Building Faith and Churches in California, yesterday May 23, at the Portuguese Athletic Club in San Jose. The book which has been selected as a finalist of the XV International Latino Book Awards, by the Cervantes Institute in New York was available for sale and signing by the authors.

Following presentations by Editor and Co-author Joe Machado and writer-contributor Miguel Avila,  hors d’oeuvres and refreshments were served. to those in attendance.

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.

For more information about Portuguese Heritage and its publications, please visit us at: www.PortugueseBooks.Org and LIKE US on Facebook at Portuguese Heritage Publications.

 

Dia De Portugal 2013

dia de portugalPlan on attending and enjoying this great family event, “Dia De Portugal 2013”!

Date: Saturday, June 8th 2013 at 10:00 am – 6:00 p.m.

Location: History Park 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA  95112 (for GPS purposes use 635 Phelan)

Admission: FREE!

City parking is available for $6

About Dia De Portugal 2013 in San Jose

Join the Portuguese Heritage Society of California for a full day of entertainment, music, food, art and even a little Euro Soccer!

In June, Americans of Portuguese heritage join together with others throughout the world in a celebration of Portuguese culture – Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas. On the second Saturday of the month, the Portuguese Heritage Society of California hosts its Dia de Portugal Festival. Enjoy a day of entertainment, savor a variety of Portuguese foods and watch a traditional Portuguese parade – there’s enjoyment for the entire family. It all takes place at History Park San Jose, location of the Portuguese Historical Museum.

– Information Courtesy of History/San Jose

Power of the Spirit – Named Finalist “Best Nonfiction, Multi-Author Publication of 2013″

Power of the Spirit – A Portuguese Journey of Building Faith and Churches in California, is a finalist in the 15th. Annual International Latino Book Awards, the largest awards in the USA celebrating achievements in Latino literature.

The International Latino Book Awards, allowed this year, for the first time, entries from Portuguese authors in either English or Portuguese language. The award recognizes Power of the Spirit as a finalist in the category of Best Non-Fiction – Multi-Author. The awards ceremony will be held the evening of May 30, 2013, at the Instituto Cervantes in New York City. This year, the awards are sponsored by Libros Publishing; Scholastic; the University of Arizona Press and Arte Publico Press.

Each year the International Latino Book Awards are held during Book Expo America, the largest publishing trade show in the USA. Last year the Awards honored 148 publishers and authors.

All finalists’ books will be displayed at a BookExpo booth. This event is attended by thousands of booksellers and the display is designed to help expose the winning titles to these booksellers. This year each individual finalist author and publisher will be filmed in an interview. These videos will be used to help promote the winning titles. There will be a special limited edition surprise gift for all finalists.

We congratulate the authors: Joe Machado, José Rodrigues and Ferreira Moreno, as well as all contributor volunteers who worked so hard on this project. We also thank our volunteer members who are sacrificing their personal time, working with parishes and at social events to make Power of the Spirit  known throughout California.

To learn more about PHPC and how to acquire Power of the Spirit, please visit us at: www.PortugueseBooks.Org in addition, don’t forget to  LIKE US on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/PortugueseHeritagePublications

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.

 

Five Wounds Church Welcomes “Power of the Spirit” Book

The Five Wounds Parish of San Jose and Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, invite the San Jose community to participate in a brief presentation of the book Power of the Spirit – A Portuguese Journey of Building Faith and Churches in California, Saturday April 27, at the 6pm mass and on Sunday April 28, at the 8am, 10:30am and 5:30pm masses. Representatives from Portuguese Heritage Publications will be on hand to answer your questions, they will also have books available for sale for those interested – A great Mother’s Day gift indeed!

It took over 4 years to compile the history of the many churches the Portuguese built throughout California, from Immaculate Conception in Hawkinsville, to Saint Agnes, in San Diego, as well as the many churches in which they played a major role in its construction and parish leadership. The Power of the Spirit project involved 3 authors and over 30 volunteer researchers and contributors.Five Wounds Portuguese National Church

In addition to the history of these 40 churches, the book includes short biographies of over 110 members of the Portuguese-American clergy who guided the spiritual lives of our communities for the last 150 years.

This is a book that you will forever be proud to own and gladly share with your family and friends, for it encapsulates 150 years of the history of our forefathers’ ”Powerful Spirit”.

For more information about Portuguese Heritage Publications of California and more details about the book Power of the Spirit, please visit: www.PortugueseBooks.Org, and “Like Us” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PortugueseHeritagePublications

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.

Gilroy Community Welcomes “Power of the Spirit”

Members of the Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, will be on hand during the IFEDS – Irmandade do Divino Espirito Santo (Gilroy) Holy Ghost Festa, on May 4th and 5th. They will answer questions about the recently released book: Power of the Spirit - A Portuguese Journey of Building Faith and Churches in California.

It took over 4 years to compile the history of the many churches the Portuguese built throughout California, from Immaculate Conception in Hawkinsville, to Saint Agnes, in San Diego,  as well as the many churches in which they played a major role in its construction and parish leadership. The Power of the Spirit project involved 3 authors and over 30 volunteer researchers and contributors.

In addition to the history of these 40 churches spread throughout California, the book includes short biographies of over 110 members of the Portuguese-American clergy who guided the spiritual lives of our communities for the last 150 years.

This is a book that you will forever be proud to own and gladly share with your family and friends, for it encapsulates 150 years of the history of our forefathers’  “Powerful Spirit” –  A wonderful Mother’s Day gift!

For more information about Portuguese Heritage Publications of California and more details about the book Power of the Spirit, please visit: www.PortugueseBooks.Org, and “Like Us” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PortugueseHeritagePublications

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.

Portuguese Politicians in California

To the well documented history of the contribution of the Portuguese to the economic development of the State of California, the upcoming book Portuguese Politicians in California, by Dr. Al Graves brings into focus the lesser known history and contributions by the many Portuguese-Americans who have been elected to state and federal office.

This well documented and richly illustrated publication, to be released by Portuguese Heritage Publications this Summer of 2013, introduces every Portuguese-American elected to federal or state office and analyses the circumstances that have led to the election of a very large number of Portuguese-Americans from the San Joaquin Valley, a number that far exceeds the smaller percentage of the Portuguese American population in the valley.

Portuguese Politicians in California, a joint effort by FLAD, Fundação Luso Americana para o Desenvolvimento and Portuguese Heritage Publications is another important work in this publisher’s efforts to research, document and disseminate the history of the Portuguese experience in California.

 

 

Power of the Spirit Book Presentation in Santa Clara

The book Power of the Spirit – A Portuguese Journey of Building Churches and Faith in California, was introduced to the community of Santa Clara, during Sunday March 3rd. 10:30 am mass, at St. Clare’s church.

St. Clare’s church is prominently featured in the book thanks to the excellent research and writing skills of Elizabeth Viano Bettencourt and Joao Arruda, for which we are thankful.

Henrique Dinis, representing Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, was on hand to present the book. St. Clare parishioners had opportunity to review the book after mass and many purchased it.

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.

For additional information about Power of the Spirit and PHPC please visit: www.PortueseBooks.Org