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Welcome 2013!

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Happy New Year everyone!

2012 was a great year for me. Thanks to National Book Store, I was able to interview authors like Lauren Oliver, Alyson Noel, Jennifer Hillier, Alex Gilvarry, Gregg Olsen, and Merwin Ignacio and Ian Sta. Maria.

From interviewing Samantha Sotto last year, this year I got to talk to Kate Evangelista, another Filipino who’s making her own path in the international publishing scene.

And on the book reading front, I’ve managed to finish my 2012 Goodreads Reading Challenge! I set a 50 book goal for myself at the beginning of the year, and I managed to finish 53!

So what do I plan to do this new year?

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Ronreads interview: Kate Evangelista

If you haven’t done so already, the story that I did on Kate Evagelista came out yesterday on the paper that I work for. It outlines the journey she had to publication, and some advice she’d like to share with other young writers looking to break into the scene internationally.

But just like a lot of the interviews that I do, there’s also quite a bit that doesn’t make it onto the printed page — damned space constraits! So here’s the entire transcript of that interview, with all the other parts left in!

(Warning for spoilers!)

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Ronreads interview: Alexander Yates

The huge crowd at the MIBF book signing for Alexander Yates and Samantha Sotto.

Alexander Yates was one of the many wonderful people I met at the craziness that was the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF). The onetime Manila resident was brought back to Manila by National Book Store to promote his debut novel, “Moondogs”, as well as to participate in a forum alongside fellow first time novelist Samantha Sotto.

I know I said the same thing about Lauren Kate and Samantha Sotto, but I can’t help it if the authors I get to interview are really nice people! I’m sure it would make a far juicier story if I said Alexander Yates was mean during the interview, but the meanest thing he probably did was insult Sookie, and Sookie isn’t exactly making it hard for people not to insult her.

Anyway, since my article on him already came out today, I thought it would be great to put up the full transcript of the interview with him. A lot of stuff got cut out of the article because of space constraints, so here’s a chance to read about everything we talked about!

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My MIBF loot report#2

Things didn’t let up even during the last two days of the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF). Over the weekend, it seemed like I was still scurrying to and fro either attending talks or interviewing authors. If not that, I was scurrying off the the other end of the metropolis for an entirely different work obligation.

As such, I didn’t really get to check out as much of the other booths at the MIBF. I mostly just hovered at the National Book Store booth as they had some of the most noteworthy events — interviews with Alexander Yates, Samantha Sotto, and Rachel Ward! — and as a result got most of the books I bought there.

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What’s up at the Manila International Book Fair

You can’t call yourself a Filipino bibliophile if you haven’t at least a passing knowledge of the Manila International Book Fair. Going on for 32 years now, it has become the highlight of every Filipino book lover’s calendar, and it looks like this year’s edition isn’t going to be any different.

Aside from a number of foreign and local authors dropping by and talking to Filipino readers — National Bookstore has already announced a forum featuring authors Alexander Yates, Andy Mulligan, and Samantha Sotto — there are also a lot of other events held simultaneously for those that may want a little time away from the books on sale at the SMX Convention Center.

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Book review: Samantha Sotto’s “Before Ever After”

Yes, I know I should have finished reading Samantha Sotto’s “Before Ever After” weeks ago, considering I got the book ahead of its actual launch date, but work wasn’t really cooperating. I only got around to sitting down and reading long tracts of it over the weekend, and I literally just finished reading it minutes ago.

A lot of things have already happened since the book’s launch: Not only has Samantha launched her book at the National Book Store, she has been to New York and back, and has ranked fourth in Amazon’s “Hot New Releases in American Literature”. Everyone else and their grandmas have already written about their on the book.

Oh my Galadriel, I hope I don’t unintentionally plagiarize what somebody else — or their grandma — has already said about the book.

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Ronreads interview: Samantha Sotto

The insane amount of people at the launch of 'Before Ever After'.

This interview should have gone up last Saturday, when my article on her finally went up. But since FAILDT had other plans for my internet connection, I’m only getting to put this up today.

I actually got to interview Samantha Sotto about a week before, and I have to say that it was one of the more stress-free author interviews I’ve ever done in a while. She is just a big nerd in the best sense of the word and is totally down-to-earth to boot.

I still haven’t finished reading “Before Ever After” I’ve had a busy week!, but so far I’m still having fun with it. Almost as much fun as I had interviewing Samantha!

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