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National Book Awards names Ateneo Publisher of the Year

TWENTY-SIX books as varied as accounts on martial law, to a book of Waray poetry, a PR practitioner’s lessons on etiquette in the 21st...

On the statistical probability of a windfall

By Nickky Faustine P. De Guzman Her love stories spring from serendipity: an e-mail sent to the wrong person, a chance encounter at an airport,...

Story of Hitler’s rise wins French top book award

PARIS — Two books about the Nazis took France’s biggest literary prizes on Monday, with Eric Vuillard’s story of how German industry and finance...

The beguiling mystery of the unknown

By Corazon A. Ong RAISED by parents who love literature, Czech scientist and science fiction (SF) writer Julie Novakova, an only child, grew up in...

US author George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

LONDON – US author George Saunders on Tuesday became only the second American writer to win Britain’s renowned Man Booker Prize, which was awarded...

Writer Margaret Atwood gets 2017 Kafka award

PRAGUE – Canadian poet, critic, and novelist Margaret Atwood received this year’s international Franz Kafka literary prize at a ceremony in Prague on Tuesday,...

Author offers bleak outlook

FRANKFURT – The world is closer to the dark days of the 1930s than at any time since, Canadian author Margaret Atwood said on...

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hero ‘was black boy’

LONDON – The hero of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book was originally written as a black boy, the author’s widow told...

Book Buffet: almost 200 exhibitors at the MIBF

THE OPENING this week of the country’s biggest book fair comes with the announcement of the nominees for the annual National Book Award. From Sept....

Real life ugly beasts inspire new book by Gruffalo author

EDINBURGH – An African safari has inspired a new book by Julia Donaldson in which the creator of children’s favorite The Gruffalo homes in...

Mandela book withdrawn after outrage from widow

JOHANNESBURG -- A new book detailing Nelson Mandela’s last days has been withdrawn after it was condemned by his outraged widow, publisher Penguin Random...

2 new Harry Potter books to be out in Oct.

LONDON -- The Hogwarts universe is set to expand by an additional two new Harry Potter books, published in conjunction with a British Library...

Surf epic is escapist best-seller for Donald Trump’s America

PARIS -- William Finnegan tested the patience of his publisher in the 20 years it took him to write his remarkable memoir of his...

Biden to open up in memoir on loss of son

NEW YORK -- Former US Vice-President Joe Biden is to release a memoir in November revealing how he coped with the devastating loss of...

Trump-era Handmaid’s Tale presages totalitarian future

LOS ANGELES — Decades after the release of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s dystopian sci-fi fable and foundational feminist text arrives on television —...

Part-biography, part self-help book

Book My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader By Maria Rosario “Charo” Santos-Concio and An Mercado-Alcantara ABS-CBN Publishing By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter Actress and former TV executive...

Murakami calls for fight against history revisionism

TOKYO — Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, has called for a fight against historical...

Trump-era Handmaid’s Tale presages totalitarian future

LOS ANGELES — Decades after the release of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s dystopian sci-fi fable and foundational feminist text arrives on television —...

Part-biography, part self-help book

Book My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader By Maria Rosario “Charo” Santos-Concio and An Mercado-Alcantara ABS-CBN Publishing By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter Actress and former TV executive...

Murakami calls for fight against history revisionism

TOKYO — Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, has called for a fight against historical revisionism...

Redefining sexy

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman Book Sexy at Any Age By Nadine Tengco Published by Century Tuna 142 pages HEALTH GURU to the stars, Nadine Tengco, whips up healthy...

For the love of the game

Book Philippine Football: Its Past, Its Future By Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas Published by the Center for Research and Communication of the University of Asia & the...

Before, during, and after — what to do when one partner...

Book Affairs Don’t Just Happen By Lissy Ann A. Puno MOST OFTEN in a relationship, it is the female partner who gets cheated on. So Lissy Ann...

FVR in XYZ

Book XYZ Files: An Anthology of Controversies and Issues, Anecdotes and Trivia about Fidel Valdez Ramos Published by the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation and...

Picking up the pieces

Book Broken Mirror: Inside a Chinese Marriage By Aurora Teo Mei Ling and Coylee Gamboa By Zsarlene B. Chua While the title — Broken Mirror — might give...

Book on trauma recovery launched

FOUR YEARS after the devastation brought about by typhoon Pablo visited Barangay Cabinuangan in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, the barangay has seen much improvement...

Making art in a chaotic city

By John L. Silva Book Review No Chaos, No Party Edited by Eva McGovern-Basa 218 pages Published by Almavida Holdings, Inc. THERE WAS a brief period early in high school...

New edition of The Conjugal Dictatorship set to be launched

AN ACCOUNT of the Martial Law regime written by Marcos’s chief propagandist, The Conjugal Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos is considered one of...

‘My mother didn’t love me enough’ says French writer Houellebecq

PARIS -- Controversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq admitted Tuesday that the bleakness at the heart of his work was because his mother didn’t love...

After techno and street art, Berlin tackles graphic novels

BERLIN, GERMANY -- Better known for its electronic music and street art, Berlin is now also home to a budding graphic novel scene in...

Fifty Shades musical parody back for a limited run

By Camille Anne M. Arcilla Theater 50 SHADES! The Musical Parody Dec. 15 to 17 Music Museum, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan BEFORE getting too excited over the movie’s sequel coming...

An excerpt from Kathy Griffin’s memoir: When Joan Rivers took her...

By Kathy Griffin Look, it was hard to pick one Joan Rivers story for this book. I’ll always miss her. I have countless meaningful and...

Winners of the 35th National Book Awards announced

The National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle have announced the winners of the 35th National Book Awards. The following is the...

Love in the time of Mario Vargas Llosa

By Robert JA Basilio, Jr., Opinion and Engagement Editor Love is a bit like Mario Vargas Llosa’s visit to Manila. It’s sweeter — perhaps even more...

Tippi Hedren accuses Hitchcock of sexual harassment in memoir

LOS ANGELES — Actress Tippi Hedren graphically chronicles in a new memoir incidents in which she says she was sexually assaulted and harassed by...

Big data reveals mixed authorship in 17 Shakespeare plays

LONDON — Seventeen plays attributed to William Shakespeare were written in collaboration with other playwrights, according to an edition of his works coming out...

Writers’ privacy row erupts as Italy’s Ferrante unmasked

ROME — One of literature’s most talked-about mysteries appeared to have been cracked Monday with the unmasking of the identity of the Italian publishing...

Bad blood in the claws of literary execs

By Pola Esguerra del Monte IN THE INK-STAINED manuscripts of the late Edgardo M. Reyes, the man who wrote the magazine serial-turned-novel-turned-award-winning-film Sa mga...

New talent to the fore in Man Booker Prize shortlist

LONDON — Judges for top British literary award the Man Booker Prize spurned big-name novelists in favor of experimental new talent as they announced...

Why luck plays a big role in making you rich

By Ben Steverman Book Review Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy By Robert Frank Princeton University Press 208 pages ROBERT FRANK was playing tennis one cold Saturday morning...

YA author gains fame through Wattpad

By Camille Anne M. Arcilla ONLINE storytelling community Wattpad has grown in popularity not only in the Philippines but also in the international setting. Young...

Good, better, best advice for parents on children’s work

Ads & Ends Nanette Franco-Diyco THERE IS THIS book entitled Good, Better, Best (published by Scepter Publishers of New York in 2013) that has been such...

Groundbreaking YA book features Filipina protagonist

By Camille Anne M. Arcilla IT IS PRETTY SAFE to say that among books released internationally, there has never been a female Filipino protagonist. But...

A part of history

IN CELEBRATION of its 100th anniversary, the Philippine National Bank (PNB) launched a 300-page coffee table book titled PNB: One Hundred Years of Service...

Popes and uniforms

FLAG CARRIER, Philippine Airlines (PAL), is celebrating its diamond anniversary with a coffee table book meant to “honor the past, celebrate the present and...