Thursday, October 20, 2016

Amy Ewing Book Signing in Cebu

Join bestselling contemporary author Amy Ewing for book signing events on November 12, 2016 at 1 p.m. in The Gallery, Ayala Center Cebu.

Amy Ewing Book Signing Event Philippines

Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on September 16 at the The Gallery, Ayala Center Cebu. First come, first served.

Each guest is allowed to have the following signed:
The Jewel – one (1) copy only
The White Rose – one (1) copy only
The Black Key – one (1) copy only
One personalized and the rest are signatures only.

Old books or other editions of books are allowed, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks. The books must have either the price tag or official receipt.

About Amy Ewing
Amy Ewing is a young adult author. She grew up in a small town outside Boston. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing. Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers. Amy currently lives in Harlem.

Amy Ewing Books

The Jewel

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for

The White Rose

Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

The Black Key

For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Amy Zhang and Andrea Portes Book Signing in Cebu

Join bestselling contemporary authors Amy Zhang and Andrea Portes for book signing events on July 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu.

Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on July 2 at the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu.

Each guest is allowed to have the following signed:
• Falling into Place – one (1) copy only
• This is Where the World Ends – one (1) copy only
• Anatomy of a Misfit – one (1) copy only
• The Fall of Butterflies – one (1) copy only
One personalized for each author and the rest are signatures only.

Old books or other editions of books are allowed, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks. The books must have either the price tag or official receipt.

Amy Zhang is the author of ‘Falling Into Place’, an American Bookseller’s “Indies Introduce” selection. She was born in China, grew up in Wisconsin, and currently lives in New York State.


Falling into Places
On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

This is Where the World Ends
Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivien moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship—as long as no one finds out about it. But then Janie goes missing and everything Micah thought he knew about his best friend is colored with doubt.

Andrea Portes is a bestselling American novelist.
Her novels include: ‘Hick’, ‘Bury This’, ‘Anatomy of a Misfit’, and ‘The Fall of Butterflies’. Portes is also the author of the upcoming ‘Liberty’ book series and the upcoming HENRY & EVA AND THE CASTLE ON THE CLIFF book series. She, also, published the SUPER RAD graphic novel series for Dark Matter Comics.


Anatomy of a Misfit
Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

The Fall of Butterflies
The Fall of Butterflies
Willa Parker, 646th and least popular resident of What Cheer, Iowa, is headed east to start a new life. Did she choose this new life? No, because that would be too easy—and nothing in Willa’s life is easy. It’s her famous genius mother’s idea to send her to ultra-expensive, ultra-exclusive Pembroke Prep, and it’s only the strength of her name that got Willa accepted in the first place.But Willa has no intentions of fitting in at Pembroke. She’s not staying long, she decides. Not at this school—and not on this planet. But when she meets peculiar, glittering Remy Taft, the richest, most mysterious girl on campus, she starts to see a foothold in this foreign world—a place where she could maybe, possibly, sort of fit.When Willa looks at Remy, she sees a girl who has everything. But for Remy, having everything comes at a price. And as she spirals out of control, Willa can feel her spinning right out of her grasp.In Willa’s secret heart, all she’s ever wanted is to belong. But if Remy, the girl who gave her this world, is slip-sliding away, is Willa meant to follow her down?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Vagina Monologues Back in Cebu

Directed by Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson
8:00 p.m. on May 23 and 30, 2015
Space 150, The Henry Hotel

The award winning play based on V-Day founder and playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women The Vagina Monologues is back in Cebu to raise money and awareness for local organizations that work to stop violence against women and girls.

This years play is brought to us by 2tincans Philippines, Inc. production company and directed by Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson who has assembled a diverse cast of 20 women to bring the Monologues to life.

The beneficiary for this year’s production will be Bidlisiw Foundation, Inc., a local non-government organization focused on helping the urban poor families and supporting women’s causes.

You can buy tickets for 500php at Room 413 Krizia Bldg., Gorordo Avenue. The May 23rd show will only feature seven monologues, while the 30th will feature all.

For tickets and other queries, call (032)512-3134 or (032) 260-7080 or visit The Vagina Monologue FB Page.

You can also buy The Vagina Monologues Book at Book Depository. Free Shipping Worldwide.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

MV Logos Hope in Cebu this May 2015

Everyone is invited to visit and experience the largest floating book fair in the world, the MV Logos Hope.

Malacanyang sa Sugbu, near Fort San Pedro and Plaza Independencia

May 6 - 28, 2015

Entrance Fee
20php, Free for children below 13 yrs. old and 60 yrs. old and above.
Children ages 14 and below must be accompanied by an adult. ID might be required

Open Hours
May 6 - 1:00pm - 9:30pm
Monday - Closed
Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00am to 9:30pm
Sunday - 1:00pm to 9:30 pm

Onboard Events
Learn various culture around the world in MV Logos Hope Cultural Cafe.
Europe - May 9 - Sat. - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Africa - May 10 - Sun. - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Americas - May 16 - Sat. - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Asia - May 23 - Sat. - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Tickets are available for ale in the Book fair on board the ship on a first come first serve basis. No reservations.

We would like to hear about your visit! Share it in the comment section below.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Cirilo Bautista Launches his best book of poems: “Things Happen”

Age doesn’t matter and writing poems doesn’t require age. Even in his senior years, Cirilo F. Bautista still does what he loves, and that is writing poems. This multi-awarded Filipino poet, fictionist, critic, and writer of nonfiction added new title to his ample body of work with “Things Happen: Poems 2012”.

Those who have already read the book before it was publicly launched said on their speeches that the lines and the phrases Cirilo Bautista used in 2012 motivated and moved their hearts.

Things Happen: Poems 2012 was launched on March 12 at De La Salle University in Manila. Among the event’s guests were fellow National Artists in Literature Bienvenido Lumbera and F. Sionil Jose, National Artist for Music Ramon Santos, poets Gemino Abad and Alfred Yuson, and other personalities in Philippine Literature and Arts.

Even before Cirilo Bautista heard the responses of his peers, he revealed that he considers “Things Happen,” his 12th poetry collection, to be his greatest one so far.

"I've been telling people that this is my best book of poems," he later said during his conversation with Lito Zulueta.

The poem discusses age, including how the elderly deal with hospitalization, loss, and mortality, and how they see the mundane with a more profound set of eyes, publisher John Jack Wigley explained.

At the event, the DLSU Department of Literature also launched the Cirilo F. Bautista Program for Literary Arts, which aims to provide financial aid to writers to push for their craft.

Poetry Reading
Another climax of the event was the reading of some of the poems. Abad opened the reading with a powerful delivery of "So Many Naked Children," which earned cheers and applause from the crowd. Writer and doctor Alice Sun-Cua read "My Father's House", while young poet Carlomar Arcangel Daoana delivered "I'll Take You Home," award-winning poet Marjorie Evasco read "Style," DLSU Department of Literature chair Dinah Roma read "The Wedding Poem," and poet Yuson closed the poetry reading with "Old Men in the City," a poem dedicated to him and Bautista's other good friend Abad.

As someone who is about to read Things Happen, hearing the poets deliver the lines Cirilo Bautista penned gave me quivers. Phrases like "I am complete without you" from "I'll Take You Home," "To love always has an ending" from "Style," and "Who am I to write about love, hurt by its inconstancy?" from "The Wedding Poem" hit the exact notes, a strange take on usual matters of the heart and life.

On Ego
"I don't introduce myself as Cirilo Bautista, a poet," the National Artist said during his discussion with Zulueta and the audience. Instead, he said he just keeps on doing what he loves and lets people label him.

Although he is also a good painter and an educator, he refuses to call himself as a writer nor a poet, he said he is sure of only one thing, that he is a reader.

"I knew I was reading. When were were poor, I read what I could," he said. Back then, Liwayway and Bulaklak magazines were his first exposure and bridge to literature.

Before the event ended, Roma prepared a speech for her former mentor describing him as someone who knows that “ego is the young writer’s best enemy.”

True enough, Cirilo Bautista reminded his peers and aspiring writers about the consequences of having desires, as if warning them to stay grounded.

"The cause of sorrow is desire. Eliminate desire, then you'll eliminate so much more," he said.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Harper Lee: The Model of Southern Gothic American Literature

“The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.” – Harper Lee

Harper Lee is an American novelist widely known for her 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Her work emphasizes tolerance and decries prejudice and also addresses issues of class, courage, compassion, and gender roles in the American Deep South. Her one and only published novel was considered an astonishing phenomenon by several authors and public figures and has already received multiple awards, countless medals, and numerous honorary degrees.

Harper Lee was then 34 years old when she received the Pulitzer Prize and after 60 years of just having a single published book she is coming back with a big announcement that her phenomenal book will be having a sequel Go Set a Watchman and is scheduled to be published mid-July 2015.
Exciting right? Now, let’s get to know more about this Southern Gothic Novelist.

Personal Life
Complete Name: Nelle Harper Lee
Born: April 28, 1926 (age 88)
Birth Place: Monroeville, Alabama
Occupation: Novelist
Subject: Literature
Literary Movement: Southern Gothic
Notable Works: To Kill a Mockingbird
Father: Amasa Coleman Lee
Mother: Frances Cunningham

"Writing is a process of self-discipline you must learn before you can call yourself a writer.
There are people who write, but I think they're quite different from people who must write."
        Harper Lee

Secondary Education: Monroe County High School
College: University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (undergraduate)

  •          To Kill a Mockingbird (1960). Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott.
  •          Go Set a Watchman (2015).

“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” – Harper Lee

  •          "Love—In Other Words". (April 15, 1961) Vogue, pp. 64–65
  •          "Christmas to Me". (December 1961) McCall's
  •          "When Children Discover America". (August 1965) McCall's
  •          "Romance and High Adventure" (1983), a paper presented in Eufaula, Alabama, and collected in 1985 in the anthology Clearings in the Thicket.
  •          Open letter to Oprah Winfrey (July 2006), O: The Oprah Magazine

  •          To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

  •          Pulitzer Prize (1961)
  •          Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (1961)
  •          Alabama Library Association Award (1961)
  •          Bestsellers Paperback of the Year Award (1962)
  •          Member, National Council on the Arts (1966)
  •          Best Novel of the Century, Library Journal (1999)
  •          Alabama Humanities Award (2002)
  •          ATTY Award, Spector Gadon & Rosen Foundation (2005)
  •          Los Angeles Public Library Literary Award (2005)
  •          Honorary degree, University of Notre Dame (2006)
  •          American Academy of Arts and Letters (2007)
  •          Presidential Medal of Freedom (2007)
  •          National Medal of Arts (2010)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Leo Tolstoy: The Master of Realistic Fiction

Today marks the 186th birthday of not just a great novelist from Russia but also a moral thinker and social reformer. Best known for two great novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877). Lets look at the life of Leo Tolstoy.

The Colorful Life of Leo Tolstoy

Personal Life
Complete Name: Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or Leo Tolstoy
Birth date: September 9, 1828
Death Date: November 20, 1910
Birthplace: Yasnaya, Tula Province, Russia
Father: Count Nikolay Tolstoy
Mother: Princess Volkonskaya
Wife: Sofya Andreyevna Bers

"In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you" - Leo Tolstoy

Primary Education: Home schooled by French and German tutors
College: Oriental Languages - University of Kazan (undergraduate)

"The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity" - Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tosltoy Trivia
* He has a habit of writing a journal that would inspire him much of his writings.
* Left University in 1847 without a degree and returned to his parents estate to become a farmer.
* He was convinced by his elder brother Nikolay to join the military and later on fought in the Crimean War in August of 1855.
* He declares himself as an anarchist and refused to ally himself in any particular intellectual school.
* In 1857 he gambled all his monewy in Paris and was forced to return to Russia.
* Leo Tolstoy suffered from depression due to spiritual crisis. He struggles to find the real meaning of life. He has developed his own belief because he has not found it in the Russian Orthodox Church.
* His new belief prompted him to give away his money but his wife strongly disagree. So he decided to grant his wife all copyrights and royalties to all his writings predating 1881.
* Moral Tales and Realistic Fiction was his genre.
* His ideas about nonviolent resistance to evil influenced the likes of social leader Mahatma Gandhi.
* In October 1910 Leo Tolstoy and his yoingest daughter Aleksandra went to a pilgrimage. They travelled incognito, valuing their privacy.
* Tolstoy died of pneumonia in a house of a station master of a train depot in Astapovo, Russia and was buried at his family estate in Yasnaya Polyana in Tula Province Russia.

"Boredom: the desire for desires." - Leo Tolstoy

* 1852 - While in the military as a junker, he started working on an auobiographical story entitled Childhood. It is about his fondest memories as a child. He submitted his work to the most popular journal of that time "The Contemporary", and that was his very first published work.
* 1854 - He has written a sequel to Childhood and now entitled "Boyhood" and that was to become his autobiographical trilogy. He also written "Sevastopol Tales" and "Sevastopol Tales book".
* 1857 - Publised "Youth" the third part of Leo Tolstoys autobiographical trilogy.
* 1862 - Produced the first of 12 issue-installment the journal "Yasnaya Polyana".
* 1883 - "The Mediator" is about Tolstoy's religious belief.
* 1886 - "Death of Ivan Llyich"
* 1898 - "Father Sergius" leo Tosltoy criticize the beliefs he developed.
* 1899 - "Resurrection"
* 1904 - "Hadji-Murad" Discovered and published after his death

"All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." - Introduction of Anna Karenina

Major Novels
* 1865 - Published the very first portion of his acclaimed work novel "War and Peace" in the Russian Messenger under the title "The Year 1805".
* 1868 - Released 3 more chapters of War and Peace.
* 1873 - 1877 - Anna Karenina was published in installments.

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself" - Leo Tolstoy

Film About Leo Tolstoy
2009 - The Last Station, based on the novel by Jay Parini. Directed by Michael Hoffman with Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy and Helen Mirren as Sofya. Both actors are nominated in Oscars.
1984 - Leo Tolstoy. Directed and starred by Sergie Gerasimov.
1913 - How Fine, How Fresh the Roses Were.
1912 - Departure of a Grand Old Man, made just 2 years after Tolstoy's death.

Share to us any literary work you have read from famous novelist Leo Tolstoy and what can say about it. Just hit comments below.

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