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When fans line up for authors, not rock stars

XANDRA Ramos-Padilla: “There’s something for everybody.”

Word up! All kinds of powerful stories are on full display at the first Philippine Literary Festival, ongoing till Saturday, Oct. 25, at Raffles Makati.

Posted: October 24th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Fashion and Beauty,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Coyiuto Prize for Biography launched

JAMES G. Coyiuto posing with Coyiuto prize bust RUEL S. DE VERA

Authors of biographies and autobiographies now have a new prize to win. The Coyiuto Foundation and the Manila Critics Circle announced the establishment of the 1st Coyiuto Prize for Biography in a brief ceremony last Sept. 30 at the Coyiuto House in Makati City.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Make way for the new ‘Queen’


Over the last two decades, the multiple universes of Young Adult (YA) literature have provided a new generation of readers—and more—a whole slew of compelling settings in various moods.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Gone Girl’: From ‘chick lit’ to ‘chick noir’


Some books are so game-changing, they define, or even redefine, a genre.   Numerous authors have previously written about bad marriages that lead to disastrous results, but none come close to Gillian Flynn’s act of exposing the complicated couple Nick and Amy Dunne in the novel “Gone Girl” (Crown Books, New York, 2014, 555 pages). […]

Posted: October 13th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

Bread winners

orillos cover

The afternoon air is heavy with the distinctively sweet scent of bread. In a basket on a table is a dizzying array of breads, enough to feed a Filipino family for a week. The baked goods come in all shapes and sizes. There is a giant conjoined pair of monay, huge as a person’s buttocks. There are breads in the shape of a lechon and the form of a crab. Scattered around are pieces of egg pan de sal, little golden drops of cooked dough. Visible in the pile are the bonnet-shaped goodies called, of course, pan de bonete. There are examples of the dense pan de sal de suelo, among others. Placed together, they threaten to overwhelm the senses: How can there be so many kinds of bread in one place at one time?

Posted: October 5th, 2014 in Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »