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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 »

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 »

Indian writer, editor Khushwant Singh dies at 99

In this Dec. 20, 2010 file photo, Khushwant Singh, 96, talks sitting next to a fireplace in his house in New Delhi, India. Singh, a force in India's literary world for more than 60 years, has passed away at his New Delhi home, his daughter said, Thursday, March 20, 2014. He was 99. AP

Khushwant Singh, a journalist, editor and prolific writer whose work ranged from serious histories to joke collections to one of post-Independence India’s great novels, died Thursday at his New Delhi apartment, his daughter said. He was 99.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Mondays with Mitch Albom–in Tacloban

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ALBOM with wife Janinel. JILSON SECKLER TIU

This bright morning, Mitch Albom will emerge from the cool shadows of an airplane and finally get a glimpse of what he came here to see—the ruined city of Tacloban in Leyte. And he has come not to sign books or sell them—he’s come to give them away.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

F. Sionil José’s latest novel

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The most recent novel of National Artist F. Sionil José, strangely titled “The Feet of Juan Bacnang,” is, like most of his oeuvre based on his thoughts, reflections, advocacies—if one may use that abused word—on the state of the Philippines circa late 20th century. Also on his background and experiences, the experiences of others, readings, news reports, common knowledge and the like.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Mitch Albom in Manila

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The first two things foreign authors immediately notice upon arriving in the Philippines are 1) how well we speak English and 2) how Filipinos are such avid readers. Most of them are amazed at the “rock star treatment” they receive from Filipino fans.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Coming-of-age novel ‘Geography Club’ now a movie

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ALEX Newell, Cameron Deane Stewart, Nikki Blonsky and Ally Maki

Based on Brent Hartinger’s acclaimed best-selling Young Adult novel, “Geography Club” is a fast, fresh coming-of-age movie that tells a real and powerful story unfolding in every high school around the country—a story of kids hiding their true identities in plain sight, even as they feverishly pursue their hearts’ desires.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Lone Survivor’: Best-selling nonfiction book on al-Qaeda operation now a movie

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When retired Petty Officer First Class Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson’s book, “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10,” was published in 2007, it quickly rose to the top of the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Amy Tan tackles prostitution in new novel

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Successful novelists are often successful because they’re mastered a form or a style that becomes identified with them. A perfect example is Amy Tan.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

F. Sionil José: ‘The most important thing in fiction or on the stage is how to create tension’

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THE NATIONAL Artist for Literature at work. “Art is universal, but it starts from the particular, the national,” he says.

The Rosales saga is a five-novel opus by National Artist for Literature F. Sionil José that begins with the suicide of the patriarch Tony Samson in “The Pretenders” and ends with the killing of his illegitimate son, Pepe Samson, in the play “Balikbayan.”

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Dave Eggers breaks ‘The Circle’

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Imagine a world where everyone is monitored, where all information is accessible. That sounds very much like the premise of George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel, “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” but it is also the utopia promised by Dave Eggers’ new book, “The Circle: A Novel” (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2013, 491 pages).

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

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