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The year of Gillian Flynn

GILLIAN Flynn at her
signing inNew York

“Um, I’m actually Team Nick,” I said to a very pregnant Gillian Flynn who was signing my #TeamAmy shirt, the one a bookstore employee had given me just minutes before.

Posted: September 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Crash a door

AMBETH Ocampo points to Peter Solis Nery whose orange fur
jumpsuit, colored like a quek-quek, upstaged mine. Rody C. Vera and
Peter were the two Hall of Famers (five First Prizes).

You will now be punished with the keynote speech I gave on Palanca Awards night this September.

Posted: September 14th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns | Read More »

Dennis Lehane gets ‘The Drop’ on readers


When it comes to making books that become good movies, nobody does it better than Dennis Lehane. Known for his haunting and gripping tales of crime in hardscrabble Boston, Lehane is the author of the novels “Gone, Baby, Gone” (1998), “Shutter Island” (2003) and the majestically sad “Mystic River” (2001), all of which have received the acclaimed major motion picture treatment.

Posted: September 8th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Maya Angelou’s work mixed with hip-hop for album

In a Feb. 15, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama kisses author and poet Maya Angelou after awarding her the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Maya Angelou’s iconic words and lyrics will be blended with hip-hop beats for a new album called “Caged Bird Songs.” AP

Maya Angelou’s iconic words and lyrics will blend with hip-hop beats for a new album called “Caged Bird Songs.”

Posted: September 4th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

F. Sionil José issues list of recommended books

Bust of the writer by top sculptor Julie Lluch

National Artist for Literature F. Sionil José is a formidable name in literature. His novels and short stories have been translated into 28 languages. The novels in the five-novel series, the Rosales Saga, have been translated into at least 22 languages.

Posted: September 1st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »