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World bids Gabriel Garcia Marquez ‘Adios’

TRIBUTE IN YELLOW Yellow roses—favorite flowers of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (left)—lie atop the urn containing his ashes in Mexico City.  AP

His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America’s passions, superstition, violence and social inequality.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Philippine novelist wins US book award amid cancer and ‘Yolanda’

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“Last year was a very weird year,” says Gina Apostol. For the award-winning Philippine novelist, 2013 was a year of ravages and richness, of worry and wonderment, the kind of year that other people make up for their books.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Simplifying and lightening life

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I have an initial 30-ODD volumes waiting for Billy to collect. Billy is a recently made friend, a certified genius who at age 12 is already doing college work. A prodigious reader herself, she likes to spread the reading virus and has been calling out for books that can be spared for an open library run by an old man.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Most criticized books list includes Hunger Games, Perks

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The humor of “Captain Underpants” children’s books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison in “The Bluest Eye” would seem to have little in common.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Heaven is for Real’: Nonfiction book on life after death reaches screen

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THE NEW film of Randall Wallace (“Braveheart” writer) is about the near-death experience of 4-year-old Colton, son of a Nebraska pastor-fireman (played by Greg Kinnear).

The faith of the small town in Nebraska is shaken when the son of Todd Burpo, a pastor cum firefighter, starts to see religious images and dead people after miraculously surviving an emergency surgery.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Donna Tartt’s book for the decade

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Because Donna Tartt only writes one book every 10 years or so, the arrival of any new novel by the American fictionist should be treated as a literary event by itself.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Vicente Alvarez Dizon, artist who won over Dali, remembered in book

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JOSEFINA Henson before her father’s winning work

Josefina Henson has scant memories about her father, artist Vicente Alvarez Dizon. She was only 5 years old when Dizon died of tuberculosis in 1947 at the age of 42.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Singaporean writes book on Filipino food

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On Saturday night when Singaporean Bryan Koh launched his book, “Milk Pigs and Violet Gold (Philippine Cookery),” Filipinos, including heritage-food chef Lilian Borromeo, were profuse with thanks.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

James Rollins’ science soldiers

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The modern world is in danger. Armed groups plan attacks. Nature unleashes disasters. How does one deal with these problems all at once? James Rollins has the answer—Sigma Force, and you can brief yourself using their latest operation, “The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel” (William Morrow, New York, 2013, 410 pages).

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

What books are you reading?

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“I am reading three books. The first one is a memoir by Toni Maguire, ‘Don’t Tell Mummy.’ It is very dark and brooding. I used to love painful and emotional works like this, but now I could get tired easily.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

The book of Esther Grace Earl

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Stunning in its cleverness and sadness, John Green’s 2012 young adult masterpiece “The Fault in Our Stars” won over audiences and led to Green’s first motion picture adaptation due out later this year starring Hollywood “It Girl” Shailene Woodley. The novel is about a brilliant teenager named Hazel Grace who has to deal with her impending death due to cancer and her irresistible romance with Gus—who also has cancer.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

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