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What's The Big Idea? 'Smaller and Smaller Circles': From book to movie

Sep 28, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Film producer Ria Limjap and director Raya Martin talk to Coco Alcuaz about the joys and challenges of adapting the novel 'Smaller and Smaller Circles' for the big screen

9 life lessons from Boy Abunda

Sep 26, 2017 - 12:00 PM

The TV host shares stories about his days as a young boy, his love for his mother, and making it in showbiz

WATCH: Build your own Intramuros

Sep 17, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Kids and adults alike will enjoy this crafty little book on one of Manila's most famous landmarks

THE WALLED CITY.  Tahanan Books makes history fun with 'Intramuros: The Walled City,' where you can build Intramuros. Rappler screengrab

Arundhati Roy releases first novel in 20 years

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Arundhati Roy s eagerly awaited second novel goes on sale two decades after her prize winning debut The God of Small Things propelled her to global fame

PRIZEWINNING NOVELIST. Indian author and political activist Arundhati Roy during a protest rally in New Delhi on September 15, 2012. Raveendran/AFP

Alex Tizon and Auntie Lola: Rereading ‘Big Little Man’

May 21, 2017 - 11:12 AM

The book goes back and forth like a thrilling ping pong game about the myths and stereotypes not only of Filipino Americans but all Asian Americans and the author s own experience as the observer and the other

KWF to launch first-ever Sebwano novel in Filipino

Apr 26, 2017 - 9:19 PM

The bilingual edition of Walay Igsoon will be launched on Thursday April 27 5pm in QCX Museum Quezon City

Instituto Cervantes holds Dia del Libro in Ayala Triangle April 22

Mar 24, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Día del Libro International Book Day will feature top bookstores and publishing houses that will be selling a wide array of books at a 20 discount

Death March survivor relives WWII experience in book's new edition

Feb 28, 2017 - 2:09 PM

Cadet Soldier Guerrilla Fighter will be presented at Ayala Museum s First World War II Film Festival on Saturday March 4

'Conjugal Dictatorship' to be relaunched in time for EDSA anniversary

Feb 08, 2017 - 4:18 PM

The new 812 page edition will retail at P650 for paperback and P1 000 for hardcover

Life imitating art: '1984' a best-seller again

Jan 25, 2017 - 11:33 PM

The dystopian novel featuring a so called ministry of truth that distorts reality is the number one seller on Amazon s US book list on Wednesday January 25

1984. A boy reads a book next to copies of British writer George Orwell's 1984 at Hong Kong's annual book fair on July 15, 2015. File photo by Aaron Tam/AFP

In one of the world's loneliest jobs, Obama found comfort in books

Jan 17, 2017 - 8:14 AM

Books outgoing US President Barack Obama says have provided comfort succor and guidance during his 8 years at the helm of the world s only superpower

A portrait of US President Barack Obama as he listened during a meeting with staff in the Rose Garden, October 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Ricky Lee releases new book 'Kung Alam N'yo Lang'

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:30 AM

The award winning screenwriter s latest book is a collection of 4 stories told from children s point of view

Ricky Lee and his latest book, 'Kung Alam N'yo Lang'

'El Narco' author Grillo on Duterte: An open, interesting character

Dec 07, 2016 - 9:51 AM

The President gets a chance to meet one of his favorite authors British journalist Ioan Grillo who has covered the Mexican drug war for almost 2 decades

BOOKWORM. President Duterte shows author Ioan Grillo his copy of 'Gangster Warlords,' Grillo's second book. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Grass warned of 'sleepwalking' into world war in final interview

Apr 15, 2015 - 1:32 AM

Germany s Nobel winning author Gunter Grass said he feared humanity was sleepwalking into a world war in the last interview he gave before his death on Monday

German author Gunter Grass. File photo by Peter Foley / EPA

'Desert of Gold' features Filipino leaders in UAE

Jul 23, 2014 - 10:38 PM

This compilation features 36 uplifting stories of OFWs whose examples have helped shaped their communities and the nation

Diaspora: Not national but local

May 29, 2014 - 6:30 PM

But what is interesting here is that home was not the Philippines but Haliap They missed the village not the nation; friends and relatives not fellow citizens

Jessica Zafra still in hospital, now responsive

May 28, 2014 - 5:51 PM

Zafra is said to be showing signs of recognition and has asked about her condition

HOSPITALIZED. Author Jessica Zafra suffers from dehydration. Photo from

Author Jessica Zafra hospitalized

May 28, 2014 - 11:54 AM

Found conscious but disoriented at her apartment building s staircase Zafra has been put under neurological observation

HOSPITALIZED. Author Jessica Zafra suffers from dehydration. Photo from

Dusty home town remembers Garcia Marquez with plenty of rum

Apr 20, 2014 - 7:33 AM

In Gabo s home town of Aracataca friends and admirers react to his death not with sobbing sadness or mourning

Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87

Apr 18, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Nobel writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of the most popular Latin American novelists in the world and the godfather of a literary movement that witnessed a continent in turmoil

Garcia Marquez in 'very fragile' condition: family

Apr 15, 2014 - 1:50 PM

The 87 year old author of One Hundred Years of Solitude was hospitalized on April 10 for undisclosed reasons in Mexico City

CRITICAL. Geriatrician Emilio Garcia answers questions to journalists outside the home of Colombian 1982 Literature Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Mexico City on April 8, 2014. Garcia Marquez, the 87-year-old author of

Murakami to publish first short story collection in 9 years

Mar 17, 2014 - 8:19 PM

The collection will include 5 short novels which have already been published separately in magazines and one new offering

HARUKI MURAKAMI. The Japanese writer is seen here signing autographs in October 2006 in Prague after receiving the Franz Kafka Award in the same year. Photo by Michael Cizek/AFP

Here to help: Why Mitch Albom decided to visit PH

Feb 22, 2014 - 3:50 PM

Mitch Albom s on a mission to rebuild Tacloban s libraries and Amy Tan John Grisham Stephen King Stephen Chbosky and other writers are helping via donation too

J. K. Rowling to publish new crime novel

Feb 18, 2014 - 11:53 AM

The Silkworm is a follow up to The Cuckoo s Calling under Rowling s Robert Galbraith pseudonym

PSEUDONYM. Rowling says she used a pseudonym to be able to write 'without hype or expectation'. Photo by David Cheskin/POOL/Agence France-Presse

'Girls' star Lena Dunham book cover channels 1970s vibe

Feb 11, 2014 - 10:31 AM

Girls star Lena Dunham is set to publish her book Not That Kind of Girl this October

'Bio-eulogies' to Tado

Feb 09, 2014 - 9:30 AM

According to Tado the book published in 2012 was a preview a pre burol pre interment a trailer of his life

Japan town fuming over Murakami fiction portrayal

Feb 07, 2014 - 4:56 PM

Nakatonbetsu s town assembly aren t amused at their portrayal as a home for litterbugs

HARUKI MURAKAMI. A passage in the bestselling author's novella angers citizens of a remote town. Screen grab from his Facebook

5 books to read this Valentine's season

Feb 06, 2014 - 4:05 PM

Nothing beats the warmth of a good book Try reading some of these books on love and life this Valentine s season

BOOKS ON LOVE. Cuddle weather is also perfect for reading. Take some time to read books this Valentine's season. Graphics by Jessica Lazaro/Rappler

Hermione should have married Harry Potter, Rowling admits

Feb 02, 2014 - 9:53 AM

JK Rowling believes Ron and Hermione would likely have ended up in marriage counselling

WHAT IF. Rowling and Watson agree that Hermione would have been better off with Harry. Screen grab from the film's Facebook

Back to fashion basics with Liz Uy's new book

Jan 24, 2014 - 7:36 PM

If you were to start your wardrobe from scratch how would you begin? Liz Uy’s new book is a treasure trove of elusive answers

FASHION ESSENTIALS. The power stylist's new book is all about the building blocks of a functional wardrobe. Photo courtesy of Liz Uy

Lofty sentiments from low-cost books: Priceless

Dec 30, 2013 - 9:30 AM

A book lover shares her favorite places to find inexpensive yet priceless books

DIAMONDS AND PEARLS. As I go through the shelves and piles of books, I am always amazed at the sparkling discoveries I find. Photo courtesy of Marilen Danguilan

1M images from British Library now on Flickr Commons

Dec 16, 2013 - 5:32 PM

The images shared by the British Library come from 17th 18th and 19th century books and have been digitized by Microsoft

FATHER CHRISTMAS. One of the British Library images from Flickr Commons. Image taken from page 17 of 'The Coming of Father Christmas'

Hollywood picks up 1970s pickup classic

Dec 16, 2013 - 10:55 AM

The 1970s self help classic How to Pick Up Girls is on its way to the big screen

'HOW TO PICK UP GIRLS!' Eric Weber's '70s classic promises a 'pick-up system no girl can resist'. Photo from Amazon (User Florida House)

Growing up the 'Fabulous' way

Dec 07, 2013 - 2:44 PM

Marie Claire writes about how she was brought up by her fabulous mother

Rachel and Barni Alejandro: Spreading the gospel of healthy eating

Dec 07, 2013 - 10:26 AM

Tis the season to eat drink and be merry With a little help from the Alejandro sisters’ cookbook guilt free indulgence might just be around the corner

SISTER ACT. From a mom-and-pop experiment of sorts to a full-service caterer of healthy food and weight loss programs, sisters Rachel and Barni are sharing their love for Photo by Marga Deona.

Rachel Alejandro cooks up a dream

Nov 29, 2013 - 5:58 PM

Rachel Alejandro dreamed of eating her way into a sexy body – and it wasn t impossible at all Now she has a book to show for it

COOKING HEALTHY. Rachel with Chef sister Barni. Photo by Vincent Felix

World's most expensive printed book sells for $14.2M

Nov 27, 2013 - 2:57 PM

The book s buyer David Rubenstein a billionaire American financier and philanthropist conducted his bid by telephone

GREAT RARITY. It's very important because of its story,' says the auctioneer head of the first book written and printed in America. Photo by Emmanuel Dunnand/AFP

Harry Potter stamps rattle US philatelists

Nov 20, 2013 - 1:45 PM

Harry Potter stamps cause a stir among US philatelists who say the British boy wizard should not be on American mail

MAGICAL MAIL? Harry Potter stamps delight the fans but US philatelists complain. AFP Photo

Take a book, leave a book: Tiny libraries thrive in US

Nov 18, 2013 - 5:28 PM

There s no card catalog or late fees The informal lending libraries work under a simple principle: take a book return a book

BOOK LENDING KIOSK. 'Small libraries' have flourished in Washington, DC ,encouraging people to read. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

Knock-knockin’ on Hades’ door

Nov 13, 2013 - 11:26 PM

The 4th installment of the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan raises the stakes for all of the young demigods on a quest to save the world

NO SUGAR-COATING. The US cover for 'The House of Hades' courtesy of the author’s website. Image from Gabriela Lee

Afterlife with Archie #1: Riverdale in a darker light

Nov 01, 2013 - 12:27 PM

The premise is simple enough: Archie characters plus zombies

POWERHOUSE CREATORS. 'Carrie' 2013 screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla are behind this new series. Screenshot courtesy of Carljoe Javier

Haunting Halloween reads

Oct 31, 2013 - 2:50 PM

Up for a scary read that will give you the creeps and sleepless night? Here are comics we recommend

SUPERNATURAL INVESTIGATOR. The hero fits into the modern times. Cover image from

Beloved comic Calvin and Hobbes gets a docu

Oct 24, 2013 - 2:30 PM

Joel Schroeder makes a Kickstarter funded docu about Calvin and Hobbes one of the most beloved comic strips of all time

Bookshops in Europe take stand vs Internet rivalry

Oct 12, 2013 - 11:56 AM

With France as model old school sector of small bookshops carries on valiant struggle against online purchasing

'VIVE LE LIVRE.' French novelist Aurelie Filippetti, currently the Culture Minister, at a Paris bookshop taking part in the 2013 'Fete de la librairie' festival in April. Photo: Pierre Verdy/AFP

Publishing start-ups crowd world's biggest book fair

Oct 07, 2013 - 10:18 AM

The publishing sector is in relatively good shape compared to other industries

PARALLEL ACCEPTANCE. Physical books and e-books are on an even playing field

Tom Clancy dies at 66

Oct 02, 2013 - 10:52 PM

The bestselling author dies in a hospital in Baltimore where he grew up

HE WILL BE MISSED. Bestselling author Tom Clancy dies at the age of 66, leaving behind a large body of work his fans will remember him by. Image from Tom Clancy Official Facebook Page

Bridget Jones a widowed mom-of-two in new book

Sep 29, 2013 - 8:25 PM

Unlucky in love Bridget married Mark Darcy and had two children but author Helen Fielding has killed off the barrister and put her heroine back on the singles market

WIDOWED. Extracts of the latest Bridget Jones's Diary, "Mad About The Boy," reveal that the main character is now a widow bringing up two children alone. Image from the Bridget Jones Facebook page

Google Play book store heads to PH, 8 more countries

Sep 26, 2013 - 10:56 PM

Google expands the Google Play store allowing 9 Asian countries including the Philippines to buy books via Google

GOOGLE PLAY BOOKS. Google is now selling books to 9 Asian countries, including the Philippines. Screen shot from Google Play store

‘Project 17’ is one of a kind

Sep 23, 2013 - 6:00 PM

This fast paced sci fi thriller from Eliza Victoria explores what kind of world we might inhabit once we give up control over our lives

BRISKLY PACED. The language is friendly and uncomplicated, and Victoria utilizes the reader’s familiarity with Twitter and the way language is used on the Internet to push the story forward. Cover image courtesy of Gabriela Lee

'Redshirts': It’s all in the uniform

Sep 16, 2013 - 7:00 PM

But when you have actual control over an actual living being what kind of story will you produce?

2013 HUGO AWARD BEST NOVEL. 'Redshirts' allows us to glimpse the world from the point of view of some of the most ignored and forgotten characters on genre TV. Cover image courtesy of Gabriela Lee