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Moleskine 2012 Planner Winner!

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Ms. Isabelle Dagmang! You won a Moleskine Weekly Diary/Planner 2012 (Large, Hardbound)! We will get in touch with you shortly.

Thank you everyone for joining! Next giveaway: Field Notes! Details coming soon.

Moleskine Star Wars Winner!

Congratulations to rezywezy! Your Tumblr reblog is the winning entry!

Thank you all 351 of you who supported this giveaway. Thanks also for your interesting comments detailing the first time you heard anything Star Wars.

Our next giveaway is a Moleskine 2012 Planner. ALL 351 entries for this giveaway will be automatically added to the draw list! Details will be announced soon!

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Book Launch: The Kobayashi Maru of Love by Carl Javier

Carl Javier has been an Avalon.ph customer and friend for almost ten years. He writes fiction, nonfiction, and criticism.  His first book was And the Geek Shall Inherit the Earth, a collection of essays about being a geek and the crazy experiences that come with that. His upcoming book, The Kobayashi Maru of Love, is going to be launched on Sept. 6 (launch details in the poster image below).

Here’s a short e-mail interview with Carl.

Avalon.ph: So what exactly is The Kobayashi Maru of Love?

Carl: The Kobayashi Maru was the test that no one was meant to pass in Star Trek. I recently went through a bad break up and I thought, if there’s something that geeks are supposed to be bad at, it’s the whole love game. So I decided to write a book about the breakup and then getting back into the dating scene. But it’s fun and funny and playful, despite it being about some sad stuff.

Avalon.ph: Is this book that’s just for geeks, or for everybody?

Carl: I think that geeks will appreciate it because of the references and I really tried to play around with stuff that geeks love. And much like my first book, I tried to write it so that it’s about geeky stuff, but it’s something that I think anyone can appreciate it. Plus, I think writing about love, whether geeky or not, makes it something that might appeal to just about anyone.

Avalon.ph: Describe the journey of this book from idea to print. Which part is the hardest?

Carl: I was taking my break up very hard and I found myself writing about it. Then I decided to just write about all the stuff I was going through, and before I knew it I had written enough to fill up a book. Then I tried to find a publisher for it, before coming to the idea of self-publishing it. I worked with my friend Adam David, who designed the book and helped me through the process, since he self-published his first book (and won a big time award for it too!) The hardest part was really finding the money that would fund the publication. Writing it was hard, emotionally because I was really putting it all out there. But turning it into a book was a real struggle because at the same time I was learning how to be an indie publisher. It was a very exciting experience, and I hope it shows in the book when people read it.

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Thank you Carl!

Website: Lumpen Culturati: Pop, Culture, Criticism
Follow him on Twitter: carljavier

The Kobayashi Maru of Love by Carl Javier (both covers), signed by the author, is now available on Avalon.ph.

Carl Javier is finishing his MA in Creative Writing at UP Diliman, where he received his undergraduate degree in English Studies major in Creative Writing. He was a fellow for the UP National Writer’s Workshop, the Dumaguete National Writer’s Workshop, and the UP Advanced National Writer’s Workshop. His work has been published and anthologized in various books and publications. His first book, And the Geek Shall Inherit the Earth, was published by Milflores in 2009. His next book Geek Tragedies will be published by UP Press.

Moleskine Blog Hopping Giveaways Suspended

Due to Typhoon Ondoy’s aftermath, we are temporarily suspending the Blog Hopping Moleskine Giveaways contest series. We like the focus of people to be about helping others.

Glenda of Oodles of Goodles was placed in a very uncomfortable position of declaring a winner on Oct. 1 amidst the recent events. Thanks Glenda for your professionalism and understanding. Thank you also to Rico and Gail for working with us in suspending the contest series.

For now, let’s help. Thank you very much.

Note: Winner of the Oodles of Goodles will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Waking the Dead Book Launch

Waking the Dead

Anvil Publishing launched “Waking the Dead and Other Horror Stories” by Yvette Tan yesterday August 15 at Powerbooks, SM Megamall.

Yvette Tan is an Avalon.ph client of more than 8 years patronizing books and Moleskine notebooks. Through the years she’s not just a regular customer but someone whom I considered a friend.

Ms. Yvette Tan took some time to answer three questions we submitted.

Avalon.ph: What kind of experience awaits those who will read “Waking the Dead and Other Horror Stories”?

Yvette: I think they’re in for a lot of weirdness. The weirdest thing being that the stories in the book aren’t strictly horror. I’d like to think that they’re more stories about when reality goes a bit awry. I guess it;s because I never really set out to write what people call ‘horror.’ I got stuck with the label when people started coming up and saying my stories kept me up at night (my mom was not so lucky. She got people coming up to her asking why her weird daughter wrote such nasty stories). So what to expect from Waking the Dead? Expect a Philippines that is familiar yet totally different from the one we live in.

Avalon.ph: Which story in “Waking the Dead and Other Horror Stories” had the  most changes from idea to draft to final print and why?

Yvette: You should have seen the last draft I submitted to the publishers! Half of it was marked in red. I took out a lot of stuff, tightened the stories, so that what you have now is a faster, better read. I like the idea of my stories being easy to read. I mean, I like books that are easy to read, so why should the things I write be any different? I think the tight edit has worked – people have told me (or each other, mostly on Twitter) that the stories they’ve read so far have bothered them, kept them up at night, and made them google certain bridges. One is a TV executive, one is a musician and one works in a men’s magazine. So it’s really a book for everyone.

Avalon.ph: Let’s face it, a lot of readers were introduced to reading books or fiction through Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code or the Twilight series. Why do you think they should pick up “Waking the Dead and Other Horror Stories” as their next read?

Yvette: Because Waking the Dead is not like the Da Vinci Code or Twilight or Harry Potter. There can only be one Dan Brown, one Stephanie Meyer, one JK Rowling. Also, because after reading such long books, I’m sure readers would want to rest with a bunch of shorter stuff. Like the stuff in Waking the Dead, for example. Also, the book contains a lot of familiar characters in unfamiliar settings. I’d like to think that it’s very Filipino, but unfamiliarly so. You know, you read a story that has a kapre in it and you say ‘That’s just fiction. That couldn’t happen to me.’ But since you’re Filipino, that thought is immediately followed by ‘… Or could it?’

Yvette Tan’s comments about Avalon.ph: “I have been an Avalon.ph book buyer for almost a decade now. No better place to get hard-to-find, quality literature. I have also Avalon.ph to blame for my addiction to Moleskines. Once you go black, you can never go back.”

Thank you Yvette!

For a review of Waking the Dead and Other Horror Stories check out the Inquirer.net link.

You can also check out Yvette Tan’s blog on Adventures in TV Land: the misadventures of a media mercenary. You can follow her Twitter account: glossmania.

Waking the Dead and Other Horror Stories by Yvette Tan, signed by the author, is also available on Avalon.ph for Php285.00.



Tenth Anniversary Initial Sale!

Avalon.ph 10th Anniversary

It was February 1999.  I started looking for a local online auction website to browse but can’t find any, so I figured why not start your own?

Ten years, seven different versions. Check out the history and profile of Avalon.ph.

We are starting a series of Php10.00 auctions on our auction website. Great selection of book titles, and expect us to add even more in the upcoming weeks.

Once again, thank you for all your support.