Book Signing Tour : Jennifer E. Smith & Jasmine Warga in PH

National Book Store is bringing another duo of bestselling authors to the Philippines as they host book signing events with Jennifer E. Smith and Jasmine Warga. The first event is going to be held in The Gallery at Ayala Center Cebu on November 11, 2017 at 1 p.m., and the second in the Samsung Hall at SM Aura Premier on November 12, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Here are the information or guidelines you need to know before you attend the book signings

1. Registration starts at 10:00 am for both events.
2. Each participant may have up to three books signed for each author (i.e. three Jennifer E. Smith books, three Jasmine Warga books).
3. Each participant may only register once. They will be given a signing pass and a stamp mark on their hand as proof of their registration.
4. Only books purchased from NBS, NBS Express, and Powerbooks will be accommodated. Please present either the official receipt or price tag of the books. Other merchandise (e.g. t-shirts, posters, journals, etc.) will not be signed.
5. Participants aged 17 and below may have one (1) parent / guardian accompany them inside Samsung Hall. However, only the child will go up on stage for the signing and photo op.
6. NBS will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible. However, should there be an excessive number of guests, NBS reserves the right to limit the number of copies per guest or limit the number of guests in line.

1. Participants will be called in batches based on their signing pass numbers.
2. Official photographers will take your photo with the author/s using your smartphone, camera, or tablet.
3. No selfies with or video greetings by the author/s will be allowed.

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National Book Store Cut Price Book Sale


Book hoarding time once again!

Break out of your reading slump, rediscover classics, and unearth new books to love in National Book Store’s Cut Price Book Sale! Get up to 50% off on books for 10 days only! It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for to buy the books everyone’s talking about and what you’ve been dreaming about. This is your chance to finally complete the books in your favorite series that you’ve been eyeing for the longest time. And you wouldn’t believe that even the books that have just been released have discounts. So what are you waiting for? Bookmarks and color-coded tabs at the ready.

Promo runs from October 14 to 23, 2016 in all National Book Store branches.

See posters for details. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube (@nbsalert). Share your Cut Price loots and hauls using the #NBSCutPrice2016. Per DTI-FTEB SPD Permit No.12613, Series of 2016.

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Celebrating Debutantes 2016: Life Before by Michele Bacon (Author & Character Interview + Giveaway)

Celebrating Debutantes 2016

Last June 07, 2016, Michelle Bacon released her YA contemporary debut novel Life Before, which I got the chance of reading before it hit the shelves of local and international book stores. The book which I reviewed here on the blog is a powerful novel told from a raw and honest voice of the main protagonist Alexander Fife.

Today on the blog, I am trilled to be able to share an interview not only with the author of Life Before but also with the main character, Xander. So if you’d like to know what Michele had to say about her debut novel and her writings or just want to meet and know more about Xander here’s your chance.

Follows after the interviews below are Michele Bacon’s bio and Life Before‘s description and other important details.

Also, don’t forget to check the fabulous giveaway at the bottom of this feature for a chance to win a signed copy of the book, plus tons of fabulous prizes.

Enjoy reading!

Interview with Michele Bacon

Can you tell us a bit about your journey with your debut novel, Life Before? When did you first come up with the idea and what were the timescales involved between the first draft and the novel being accepted for publication?

This novel had a long journey. I first drafted the story—with an adult female protagonist— more than a decade ago. Life got in the way, and I stuck it in a drawer for years. When I decided to return to the story, it felt too autobiographical and the adult perspective was too far removed from the story. It really resonated with me as a novel for teens, so I rewrote it while I was on an 18-month sabbatical in New Zealand. When I returned to the States, I queried and sold it. It was very different and much stronger than the original story.

The biggest change between selling and publishing it was chapter 35, which—hoo boy—changed a lot.

As a writer, do you feel like you are writing yourself or pieces of yourself in Life Before? Why?

Absolutely. I won’t get into details, but Xander and I shared many parts of our childhoods. I gave him my history, my fears, and my early relationship with my father. Writing this book, and talking about my childhood, has been very cathartic for me.

What was one of the most surprising things you’ve learned in creating Xander and his story?

I’m surprised at how much I’ve started talking about abuse. I thought this story would resonate with teens. I thought it was a story about secrets and about hiding yourself from the world. I’ve spent far more time talking about *my* specific secret, and talking to others who share it.

How was the writing experience from Xander’s perspective? Did you encounter any challenges in writing from a male point of view? How did you deal with it?

I think we all are more alike than we are different, and by putting certain thoughts and behaviors into boxes labeled “male” and “female” only pushes us further apart. I didn’t have trouble with his point of view, but I did consult friends about their first romantic and sexual experiences in high school. Xander likes legs a LOT, so I asked (too many. Far too many) questions of one of my friends who also loves legs. In the end, we cut most of those details anyway!

Are you working on any project right now? What we should expect from you in the near future?

I am editing two novels right now: a YA novel about ambition and an adult novel about grief.

Character Interview with Xander Fife

To start things off, can you please introduce yourself so everyone will know more about you?

I’m Xander Fife. I’m 17, er, 18. I turned 18 yesterday. I play soccer and euchre and love Buckeye Barbecue wings. I love science. I’ll be a freshman at Tulane later this month. I totally missed new student orientation, but they’re still letting me in. I think. Friday August 26. Until then, I’m just chilling with my friends in Laurel. My mom died earlier this summer, but I guess you know that. That’s why we’re talking today.

Belated Happy Birthday Xander!!! Sorry I’m too excited about this interview that I totally forgot about your birthday! Sorry no gifts from me. I’ll just give you a big hug 🙂

Now, next question. If you could pull out a bad memory from your past and fix it and make it into a good memory, which memory would it be and how would you make it a good one?

If you’re asking whether I’d change the past, I for sure would want to save my mom’s life. But I don’t think you’re asking that. Honestly, I think I’d rather just erase the bad ones. I’d like to erase my father completely. Gretchen made me read this book, More Happy Than Not, have you read it? There’s a memory-alteration technique in that book that just erases whole swathes of your life or personality. I’d totally excise every memory of my father—even the rare good ones—from my life completely.

I haven’t read More Happy Than Not but now that you mentioned it and with those interesting details, I’m pushing it to the top of my tbr pile.

Let’s say you are traveling for leisure and not to get away from your Dad and also have enough cash with you, where will you go and what will you do? What kind of adventure do you think you will have?

Wow. My answer is so different now than it would have been three months ago. I really wanted to see everything and do everything. San Diego and the Outer Banks and Ocean City, Maryland and Hawaii—not that Hawaii is an actual option if we’re talking road trop. But, I don’t know. I’ll get to those places someday, but I’d kind of like to go back to Burlington. I’m assuming I’m still restricted in other ways, and will have to con Jill, Gretchen, or Tucker to drive. I’d kind of like to road trip with all of them, actually. Imagine how amazing it would be to have all my favorite people in one place. Two halves of my life sewn up together.

That probably wouldn’t fly with Tucker. But I could probably convince the girls to go. Hold on.
[Xander texts a message to Jill.]
Thanks for the idea, man!

If you can have one more day with your mom, what are the things that you’ll do together? Any thing you want to say to her?

[Xander smiles broadly as tears spring to his eyes.] I mean. I want to talk to her more than anything. I want to hear her voice. I have so many questions for her, all this stuff we never got to. I’d settle for sitting on the sofa listening to all her stories. With lots of hugs.

Lots of hugs. Yeah. Can we take a break?

Yes, of course. Take your time. I won’t go anywhere…

Now, on the lighter side. Let’s talk about your best friend Jill. I like the friendship you share with Jill, that in-spite of her being a girl you two are good friends and almost like siblings. Are there things you want to say to Jill for always being there for you?

Oh, man. She would be so pissed at you for saying “in-spite of her being a girl.”

Jill is my best friend, truly. And now that I’m living with her family now, we might as well be siblings. I love her like a sister. Here’s the thing: Jill is a true friend. She knew everything about me—everything—and still stood by me. She’s loyal to a fault. We bicker like siblings, too. She’s constantly stealing my crispy bacon. She eats Oreos like a toddler. But she’s awesome. I wouldn’t trade her for the world.

Aw! I think I’ll be probably Jill’s competition with crispy bacon. I’ll steal yours and hers too. Just don’t tell Jill.

Share to us one thing you learned from running away that you think you will carry for life.

I learned to trust myself, trust my instincts.

Lastly, share to us five of your favorite books.

Jack Kerouac’s On The Road
Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything
Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not (Gretchen made me read this, and I’m so glad I did.)
Kurt Dinan’s Don’t Get Caught (Jill recommended this one.)
Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm

Thank you so much Michelle for stopping by today and for taking the time to answer all my questions above, as well as for allowing Xander for an interview too. I had so much fun talking to both you.


Author Michele BaconFrom a young age, Michele Bacon was drawn to people’s stories, and she remains eager to learn how you met your best friend or fell in love. In pursuit of anecdotes and adventure, Michele travels widely, always with pen in hand, creating extensive plot outlines and character idiosyncrasies in her mostly-illegible scrawl. She works privately with other writers to hone their craft and finds particular joy in workshops with teens. Outside of writing, Michele is a tabletop game enthusiast, passionate skier, avid baker, and lover of prime numbers. Michele lives in Seattle with her husband and three adventurous daughters.

Find Michele

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Life Before


Book Details:

Title: Life Before
Author: Michele Bacon
Publisher:  Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover, eBook

Seventeen years is a long time to keep secrets, so Xander Fife is very good at it: everyone believes he has a normal family. If he can just get through this summer, he’ll start his real life in college with a clean slate–no risk, no drama, no fear.

Xander’s summer plans include pick-up soccer, regular hijinks with friends, an epic road trip, and—quite possibly— the company of his ideal girlfriend, the amazing Gretchen Taylor.

Instead of kicking off what had promised to be an amazing summer, however, graduation day brings terror. His family’s secrets are thrust out into the open, forcing Xander to confront his greatest fear. Or run from it.

Armed with a fake ID, cash, and a knife, Xander skips town and assumes a new identity. In danger hundreds of miles from home, one thing is clear: Xander’s real life is already in progress and just getting through it isn’t enough.

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What’s up for Grab?

  • a signed finished copy of LIFE BEFORE by Michele Bacon,
  • deck of playing cards, Gretchen’s favorite lip balm, signed bookmarks, and a snack

The Rules:

  • Open to International
  • There will be one (1) winner
  • Winner will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends August 31st, 2016
  • Prizes will be sent by the author

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

Treat yourself to a complete #CelebratingDebutantes2016 experience. Click the image below for the full list of schedule and links to each second wave feature post!

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Philippine Readers and Writers Festival

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Join National Book Store and Raffles Makati’s Philippine Readers and Writers Festival featuring Pulitzer award winning author Adam Johnson and bestselling authors Paula McLain and Anna Todd Books from August 26 to 28, 2016 at the Raffles Makati.

Admission is free! Attend three days of book signings, discussions, and panels about books, literature, and culture from top Filipino writers and artists. The Paula McLain and Adam Johnson talk and book signing will be on August 27 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. The Anna Todd talk and book signing will be on August 28 at 2 p.m.

All events will be held at the Raffles Makati with registration starting at 9 a.m. everyday. Sign up at to receive the latest updates on the events.

Tag #GoReadWrite2016 to join the discussion.

RSVP to the event:

I Art You

I Art You Poster

Calling all art lovers and art enthusiasts! Ignite your inner creativity and foster your imaginative spirit in National Book Store’s ‘I Art You’ event. Enjoy a Saturday of free and fun-filled art activities and demos designed for artists-at-heart. Join National Book Store’s ‘I Art You’ event for free on August 6, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza Mall. Registration starts at 10 a.m.

The event is made possible in partnership with Shangri-la Plaza, Canson, Chameleon, Caran d’Ache, Derwent, Faber-Castell, Grumbacher, Pebeo, Winsor & Newton Pigment Marker, Prestige Paper, Raphael, Sakura, Sargent, Sennelier, Simbalion, Tsukineko, Tulip, and Zig Kuretake.

Tag #NBSIArtYou to join the discussion.

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Book Signing Tour : Amy Zhang and Andrea Portes in PH

Amy Zhang and Andrea Portes in PH

Join bestselling contemporary authors Amy Zhang and Andrea Portes for book signing events on July 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu and on July 3, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza Mall. Registration starts at 10 a.m. for both events.



When and where are the book signings?
July 2, 2016, 1:00 p.m., at the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu
July 3, 2016, 2:00 p.m., at the Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza Mall

Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee.

When will the registration be?
Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. on July 2 at the Northwing Atrium, SM City Cebu, and 10:00 a.m. on July 3 at the Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza Mall. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. First come, first served.

A guest can register only once and will be given the following:
• Numbered Signing Pass
• Stamp mark on the hand to indicate your registration

Guests must present their book to get a numbered Signing Pass. The book must have either of the following as proof of purchase: Price Tag or Official Receipt from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks.

How many books can I have signed?
Each guest is allowed to have the following signed:
• Falling into Place – one (1) copy only
• This is Where the World Ends – one (1) copy only
• Anatomy of a Misfit – one (1) copy only
• The Fall of Butterflies – one (1) copy only

One personalized for each author and the rest are signatures only.

Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?
NBS will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible. However, should there be an excessive number of guests, NBS reserves the right to limit the number of copies per guest or limit the number of guests in line.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?
Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks. The books must have either the price tag or official receipt.

Do I need to buy on-site?
No. You can buy books before or during the event.

Can I have other items signed?
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the author. Other merchandise like t-shirts, posters, journals etc. will not be allowed to be signed.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?
Yes. There will be an official photographer from NBS who will take your photo with the author. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person.

How much are the books?
Amy Zhang titles:
Falling Into Place (Trade Paperback – P359)
Falling Into Place (Hardcover – P649)
This is Where the World Ends (Trade Paperback – P359)
This is Where the World Ends (Hardcover – P645)

Andrea Portes titles:
Anatomy of a Misfit (Trade Paperback – P359)
Anatomy of a Misfit (Hardcover – P649)
The Fall of Butterflies (Trade Paperback – P435)
The Fall of Butterflies (Hardcover – P649)