Archive for July 30, 2008

Chiaroscuro: Poems by Joel M. Toledo – Book Launch

Congratulations to Mr. Joel M. Toledo – two Palanca awards for Poetry, Meritage Press Poetry Prize in San Francisco, 2006 UK Bridport Prize 2nd place and a longtime fan of eight plus years – for the release of his upcoming Poetry book (UST Press).

Chiaroscuro: Poems by Joel M. Toledo will launch on August 4, Monday 2008 @ mag:net cafe Katipunan with cocktails at 6:30 pm, followed by the 33rd installment of the Happy Mondays Poetry Nights readings at 8pm.  Featured poets & fictionist listed below:

1. Marjorie Evasco
2. Jimmy Abad
3. Butch Dalisay
4. J. Neil Garcia
5. Marne Kilates
6. Krip Yuson
7. Rebecca Añonuevo
8. Mookie Katigbak
9. Sarge Lacuesta
10. Ramil Gulle
11. Larry Ypil
12. Mikael Co
13. Angelo Suarez
14. Arkaye Kierulf
15. Conchitina Cruz
16. Daryll Delgado
17. Pancho Villanueva
18. Waps San Diego
19. Marie La Viña
20. Joseph Saguid
21. Khavn De la Cruz

Hosted by Lourd De Veyra

Readings up to 10pm, followed by music from Los Chupacabras and Dead Pop Stars.

FREE ADMISSION the whole evening.

Online Buzz- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (Debut Novel)

One upcoming debut novel that’s been getting intense coverage online is Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle. An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time.

Andrew Davidson’s agent initially rejected a cool US$1 million offer for the book, and it turned out to be a wise move as Doubleday wounded up paying US$1.25 million – for a debut novel!

Doubleday publishing has been working overtime pushing the publicity buttons for this title taking advantage of the vast resources available online.

From USA Today:

The campaign is burning up online. At, visitors are sharing details about intense relationships. A Gargoyle Flickr Group lets people post gargoyle photos. There’s content on MySpace, Facebook and Doubleday’s YouTube channel.

“It’s definitely our most ambitious in terms of creating a campaign that engages the current social-networked way people are using the Net,” says Doubleday’s Jeffrey Yamaguchi….

For full The Gargoyle details visit:

You can also read an excerpt of the book on the site, or download it as a PDF.

Also be sure to check out the online elements to the book:

For early reviews and pre-order, check out the page.

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson will be out August 5, 2008 (USA).

25 Best Books Since 1983

For those who love lists, here’s one of the most recent about books.

25 Best Books Since 1983 (from Entertainment Weekly)

Read the complete article and view the photo gallery.

25. THE JOY LUCK CLUB, Amy Tan (1989)
24. LONESOME DOVE, Larry McMurtry (1985)
23. THE GHOST ROAD, Pat Barker (1996)
21. ON WRITING, Stephen King (2000) (buy)
20. BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY, Helen Fielding (1998)
19. ON BEAUTY, Zadie Smith (2005) (buy)
18. RABBIT AT REST, John Updike (1990)
17. LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA, Gabriel García Márquez (1988)
16. THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Margaret Atwood (1986)
14. BLACK WATER, Joyce Carol Oates (1992)
13. WATCHMEN, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986–87)
12. BLINDNESS, José Saramago (1998)
11. INTO THIN AIR, Jon Krakauer (1997)
10. THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE, Haruki Murakami (1997)
9. COLD MOUNTAIN, Charles Frazier (1997)
8. SELECTED STORIES, Alice Munro (1996)
7. MAUS, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
6. MYSTIC RIVER, Dennis Lehane (2001)
5. AMERICAN PASTORAL, Philip Roth (1997)
4. THE LIARS’ CLUB, Mary Karr (1995)
3. BELOVED, Toni Morrison (1987)
1. THE ROAD, Cormac McCarthy (2006) (buy)

Other notable mentions (from Top 100):

94. FAST FOOD NATION, Eric Schlosser (2001) (buy)
90. COMFORT ME WITH APPLES, Ruth Reichl (2001) (buy)
88. HIGH FIDELITY, Nick Hornby (1995) (buy)
82. ATONEMENT, Ian McEwan (2001) (buy)
77. THE REMAINS OF THE DAY, Kazuo Ishiguro (1989) (buy)
69. THE SECRET HISTORY, Donna Tartt (1992) (buy)
67. THE KITE RUNNER, Khaled Hosseini (2003) (buy)
53. THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY, Michael Chabon (2000) (buy)
41. THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, Sandra Cisneros (1984) (buy)
40. HIS DARK MATERIALS, Philip Pullman (1995–2000) (buy)
38. BIRDS OF AMERICA, Lorrie Moore (1998) (buy)
34. THE LOVELY BONES, Alice Sebold (2002) (buy)
33. THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING, Joan Didion (2005) (buy)
27. POSSESSION, A.S. Byatt (1990) (buy)

The Top 10 Books for Dante Lovers by Matthew Pearl

Thanks to the Guardian Newspaper UK for the link.

“Matthew Pearl is the author of The Dante Club, a literary thriller about a group of 19th-century Harvard scholars secretly working on a translation of The Divine Comedy who are forced out of hiding by a series of gruesome murders modelled on Dante’s Inferno.”

Read the complete article with commentary.

1. The First Circle by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
2. Hannibal by Thomas Harris
3. The Wasteland and Other Poems by TS Eliot
4. If This is a Man by Primo Levi
5. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
6. The Undivine Comedy by Teodolinda Barolini
7. Dante’s Testaments by Peter Hawkins
8. The Poets’ Dante, edited by Peter Hawkins and Rachel Jacoff
9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
10. The Vision of Dante Alighieri by Henry Francis Cary

Read reviews of The Dante Club, or purchase a copy of the book here.

Happy Mondays Poetry Nights XXXII – Free Moleskines & Journals!

from ramblingsoul’s blog:

“…the 32nd installment of the Happy Mondays Poetry Nights @ mag:net cafe Katips

reading starts at 730pm sharp. please come earlier as the first 30 guests will get a chance to take home genuine Moleskine notebooks and journals courtesy of Jasper Ong from

FREE ADMISSION the whole evening. This Happy Mondays installment with be hosted by Gabe Mercado….”

Be there!

ABC For Book Collectors (8th Ed., 2004) Free Online!

Oak Knoll Press and the British Library have given permission to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers to make available for non-commercial use their latest edition of the classic book ABC FOR BOOK COLLECTORS by John Carter as revised by Nicolas Barker.

Download it here.

Thanks to Karin Bergsagel of BookThink.

WordPress Upgraded to v2.6 + WordCamp Philippines 2008

First (test) post for Blog: WordPress version 2.6.

And to plug a blog event this coming September:

WordCamp Philippines 2008

6 September 2008
Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez Theater
College of St. Benilde
Taft Ave., Manila


admin Moleskine Giveaway + New Titles!

Hi all,

Doing some inventory clean-up on the Auction Site. Over 120
items/titles auctioning for PhP150.00 below! What’s even better is that we
are giving a FREE Moleskine Large Ruled Reporter to anyone bidding,
purchasing and winning ten (10) items on!

Don’t feel deterred by the # of items because if you stop and think, the 10
item threshold is not that bad. Bidding and winning 10 items will probably
give your wallet a hit of around P1,500.00 (or potentially much less since
there are items priced in the P50.00-P80.00 range), which is not a bad
amount to spend on great books + a Free Moleskine.

Just buy, bid and win (or through Flash Buy) any 10 items, any amount on (note: Shopping Site items included in  the promo) and you’ll automatically get your FREE brand new Moleskine Large Ruled Reporter! Please check the bottom of this post for the guidelines.

New titles on the auction site:

Sappho: A Garland by Jim Powell
Unicorn: Postcard Book by Michael Green
The Food Lover’s Tiptionary (1994)
The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian
The Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll
Calvin and Hobbes: Lazy Sunday Book (used)
SIGNED The Girl’s Guide to Hunting & Fishing by Melissa Bank
1984 with Connections by George Orwell (HB/ HRW Library)
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Anatomy of the Sea: Over 600 Creatures of the Deep
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Food Mania: An Extraordinary Visual Record of…
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Speaking With The Angel (Edited by Nick Hornby)
The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer
The Lover by Marguerite Duras
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Jeanette Winterson: The Essential Guide -Vintage Living Text
The Other Wind (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 6)
God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
Nerve’s Guide to Sex Etiquette by Em & Lo (
Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast by Jane Yolen
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (1960 edition)
Things a Man Should Know About Marriage (Esquire)
Flyboy Action Figure Comes with Gasmask (Comic Fiction)
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Welcome to the Monkey House: Short Works by Kurt Vonnegut
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (Hardbound, 1982)
A Natural History of Love by Diane Ackerman
The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf (Woolf’s 1st novel)
Incredible Fishing Stories: Collected & Verified
Memoranda by Jeffrey Ford (The Well-Built City Trilogy)
The Penguin Dictionary of Geography by W.G. Moore
Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology.. (Jessica Hagedorn)
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Chabon (HB/ ex-library)
Chaos: Making A New Science by James Gleick
Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The Secret History of Christ
I & Claudius: Travels with my Cat by Clare de Vries
Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel (Movie Cover)
The Terror by Dan Simmons (Popular)
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (HB, used)
The New Food Lover’s Companion (2nd Ed./1995)
The Trial: Definitive Edition by Franz Kafka (Used)

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Some items recently added on the shopping site:

Art & Lies by Jeanette Winterson
The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho
The Rough Guide to Superheroes
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
The Joke’s Over by Ralph Steadman: A Memoir
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005 (Edited by Dave Eggers)
Rosslyn: Guardian of the Secrets of the Holy Grail
Delta of Venus: Erotica by Anais Nin
Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (Hardbound)

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FREE Moleskine Guidelines:

Promo officially starts July 15, 2008. Items bought/won BEFORE July 15, 2008
not counted. The item to be given away is a Moleskine Large Ruled Reporter
ONLY. If the supply of the Moleskine type becomes low (unlikely because I
still have a lot in stock), site users will be notified in advance.

FREE Moleskine offer is valid until July 22, 2008. By July 23, any
purchases is no longer counted in the promo. Transaction must be
closed/fulfilled by July 26, 2008 otherwise buyer loses the freebie offer.
This is to avoid delay in payment, resulting in idle items which defeats my
purpose of freeing up my storage area.

It is perfectly okay to win/purchase the ten lowest price items to get your
free Moleskine. Example, you bid and won ten items worth P50.00 each paying
the amount of P500.00. You will still get your Free Moleskine, but you must
win 10 items by end of promo. Remember that bidding is a binding action, if
by the end of the promo period you ended up with 9 won items (1 item
outbid), you are obligated to complete the transaction for the 9 items
without the free Moleskine (sorry!)

Any disputes/loopholes that will come up in this promo, common sense will
apply. Just e-mail me if there are any questions.

Thanks and happy bidding!