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The Age of Umbrage delivers the author’s trademark wit and sarcasm, but with a hopeful twist.
In Jessica Zafra’s The Age of Umbrage, we meet Guada. Precocious, no-nonsense and a voracious consumer of books, music and film, she anchors a book that is part-bildungsroman and part-social critique, set during a time when pop culture was inescapable, but just ...
 
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Can our national hero actually be a serial killer?
It’s always fun to imagine alternate history scenarios, especially when they involve well-known personalities. There are tons associated with Dr. Jose Rizal (was he really the father of Adolf Hitler?!), but an interesting one has our national hero and Jack the Ripper ...
 
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It has to be read to be believed.
So we’re at that stage of the pandemic where we’re seeing art created during the lockdown period. Musicians are composing music, painters are painting, and writers are well, you get the idea. Whether or not they’re any good is often debatable, but ...
 
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There are the many hypnotic, liquid lines that wash over you, gliding like water with music and sensuality.
Danton Remoto was one of the four instructors at the helm of my very first Creative Writing Workshop course at the Ateneo in Manila, the summer of 1988, my senior year in college. At the time, he was teaching at the English ...
 
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CEOs reading CEOs.
After what feels like years in quarantine, everyone’s been brushing up on their reading habits and going through the “to-read” piles in the corner. Megaworld CEO Kevin Tan is no exception.The businessman’s been keeping busy during quarantine with a stack of business ...
 
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The Ickabog is now free to read online, and the author is crowd-sourcing illustrations for its print version.
J.K. Rowling is back in the imagination game. The author who gave us the wonderful universe of Harry Potter has unleashed The Ickabog on the Internet. There are two things to unpack here: First, this is a new book and also a non-Harry story—don’t look for him. ...
 
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It's entitled Charcoal Confessions.
Nancy Binay knows a thing or two about cyberbullying. The senator has had a long history online dealing with everything from bashers to trolls to memes—usually dissing her appearance in, well, creative ways—so it's no surprise that she has enough material to ...
 
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It's not easy bringing the traveling book sale to different countries around the world.
Some things are just meant to go together, like shopping and discounts. And great bargain hunters always seem to know the right place and the right time to realize the biggest bang for their buck.For book lovers in particular, that means the ...
 
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From teenage sexuality to Big Tech, these fiction and nonfiction books also tell deeply human stories of identity, romance, and family.
It's a banner year for books, friends. In 2020, a year bound to decide the fate of our self-immolating planet as we know it, nonfiction about the world at hand has never been more essential. At the same time, one could argue ...
 
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World Travel: An Irreverent Guide ought to inspire a new generation of wanderers.
A year and a half after Anthony Bourdain's death and we're still getting little pieces of his life. There were all the stories about him shared by his friends that we hadn't heard before, and then an auction that gave us a look at the stuff ...
 
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In The Cartiers, a Cartier granddaughter tells tales of Romanov balls and the histories of the world's greatest stones through letters she inherited from her grandfather.
It was 2009 when Francesca Cartier Brickell was rummaging through her grandfather’s house in the South of France for a rare bottle of wine he had saved for his 90th birthday. Her mission was unsuccessful but what she found in the home ...
 
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Sophia Lee’s colorful stories explore what it means to be Filipino.
Serious fiction writers dream of being published internationally. For Filipino author Sophia Lee, that dream is her reality. Lee, who grew up in Manila, has two published books by Scholastic in a span of three years. The first book, What Things Mean, ...
 
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CANVAS started out with one book.
In 2005, a book called Elias and His Trees was published in the country. An adaptation of a short story called The Man Who Planted Trees by French author Jean Giono, the book prefaced the founding of a nonprofit organization called CANVAS, ...
 
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Thirteen short stories by Filipino-American writer Noelle Q. de Jesus paint a picture of diaspora.
Palanca award-winning writer Noelle Q. de Jesus navigates the theme of diaspora in her second book of short fiction, Cursed and Other Stories. In 13 tales, de Jesus, who was born in the U.S., raised in the Philippines, and now lives in Singapore, ...
 
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News clippings of the account were even found in Nabokov’s journal.
Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita was a short story-turned-novel, which was published for the first time in 1955. The controversial book has been deemed a classic until today, despite many other tomes that have been published since then. Bookworm or not, everyone is probably ...
 
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The 29-year-old highlands artist wants to dispel the misconceptions about Igorots while giving back to his beloved Baguio.
As an archipelago, the Philippines has a colorful tapestry of different indigenous cultures from its different regions, each reflective of the natural resources of their location. One such IP culture is that of the Igorot, which captured the imagination not only of ...
 
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In City Stories, Esquire editor-at-large Sarge Lacuesta revisits his favorites from his own collection of stories written and published in a span of two decades.
Award-winning author Angelo R. Lacuesta has just released City Stories, his personal selection of his favorite stories published over the last 20 years. Through these short stories, Lacuesta revisits the cities of his past, from the concrete and sunlit streets of his childhood ...
 
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Lakbay Aklatan might be heading your way!
Libraries will always have a certain magic about them; it doesn't matter how old you get. While Metro Manila already has its fair share of cool libraries, one bus company is working to get the magic of books to every corner of ...
 
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Reality can often make fiction much more interesting.
The 'He Said, She Said' format has long been around, exploring the differences and similarities of perceptions of both male and female personas. In contrast to this, Philippine-born U.S.-based author Gina Apostol wanted to tackle the story of the Balangiga Massacre of ...
 
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Viet Thanh Nguyen drew inspiration from Bulosan and other Asian writers.
Viet Thanh Nguyen won the Pulitzer prize in 2016 for his debut novel The Sympathizers. Telling a genre-spanning story that’s part-mystery, comedy and history, the book has been praised for giving a fresh and compelling new perspective to the Vietnam War. Nguyen, who ...
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