Wednesday, August 01, 2012

philippine speculative fiction 7 launch + more books

Invitations of this sort only happen once in a while, so last Friday, July 28, I attended the launch of Philippine Speculative Fiction 7 at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Shangri-La Plaza Mall. I had been to the previous edition’s launching at Fully Booked in Taguig but only as the requisite cheerer. This time, thanks to the universe, I was part of the lineup, and I found this year’s to be as crazy as the last one. In a good way. It was just great seeing contributors off the pages of anthologies.

Dean Alfar, emceeing once again, sure knows how to carry a show even for absent authors. Also, big thanks to Kate and Alexander Osias for giving my short story “The Day Nostalgia Swept Over a Town” a space in this publication. Here are the other contributors.

And by the way, it is now available in Amazon for all your e-book-reading gadgets. Click here for that online purchase.


Because some companions were itching to see it the first time, I had the opportunity to watch “The Dark Knight Rises” again after the book launching. And it was still awesome the second time around. Yes, some flaws were much more evident now but so as its stateliness and novelistic approach to a comic book character. I admire that.

And the treats kept on coming. Someone I know had to cleanup her library—or should I say refresh it after having known to heart the entire collection—so I got Philip Roth’s “The Breast,” Ben Okri’s “The Famished Road” and “Dangerous Love,” David Lipsky’s “The Art Fair,” Samuel Lock’s “The Whites of Gold,” and lastly, Oscar Wilde’s “Five Major Plays.”

We then had dinner, a couple of drinks, and a seemingly short session of karaoke-ing even if we had exhausted the song catalog. Despite the rains, it was one, good Saturday.

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