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.

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I Art You

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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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NBS New Line of Products for Artist, Creative Minds, Hobbyist, and Readers

Precious and I drop by at National Book Store trade show last Saturday at Atrium of Mall of Asia where the Color Pop Fair is also happening. Before the trade show we got the chance to do some coloring of the huge art designs around the area. And as much as I enjoy putting colors and life to some of the art designs, the joy of seeing all the people having fun that day is unmeasurable. Seeing the mixed of people in one event alone is such an overwhelming experience. All ages are there, from kids to kids-at-heart, artist or not they surely enjoying themselves and the activities set by the National Book Store team and partners.

Color Pop Fair

At the trade show, we’ve met the friendly new purchasing director of National Book Store. We are also acquainted with their new and upcoming products such as the Itoya stationary products, Chemeloen Pens, Online pens, Scentos Markers, Smart Fit by Lihit Lab, Kate Spade journals and other collectibles stationaries, and new and upcoming titles of books of different genre.

Chameleon Pens Itoya Kate Spade

I’m in love with the Itoya notebooks and pen pouches in display. The acid free Japanese paper is just perfect and the colors are just fab which you can mixed and match. Too bad those displays are just samples and not for sale at the event. I have to visit one of NBS stores to get a set of those fab Itoya items. I almost consider pleading to the event organizer to sell me one as well as the hang quote display with the quote from the book, Wonder. I really want those products so will definitely hunt them at NBS branches or maybe place a direct order from them.

Game of Thrones & others

I’m also excited to the line up of upcoming books. Besides with the YA titles coming such as the November 9 by Colleen Hoover, National Books Stores will also have those beautiful leather bound boxed set like this classic Jane Austen Collections and Game of Thrones books.

Jane Austen Boxed Set

These books are much prettier in actual! If you are looking for gifts this coming holiday season, these set is perfect for book lovers! So go check out National Book Store branches near you for these great new finds and fab items!

Color Pop Fair

Color Pop Fair Poster.

National Book Store, in partnership with Lifestyle Channel and SM Mall of Asia, will hold its first ever “Color Pop Fair” on October 24, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Main Mall Atrium, SM Mall of Asia. Admission is free for all events and workshops. Registration starts at 10 a.m.

Enjoy a Saturday of free, fun-filled coloring activities especially designed for adults who are artists-at-heart. Learn basic adult coloring, shade selection, blending techniques, choosing the right coloring materials and other great coloring tips. Participate in the day-long art workshops. Choose from Zig Kuretake adult coloring demo by Iris Babao Uy, The Secret Techniques in Making your Coloring Look Professional by Alex M. Roxas, Mapedize your Bookmark – DIY Adult Coloring Bookmark, Creating Gradients with Chameleon Pens by June Digan, Sharpiefied Coloring with Carlo Arezza, Stabilo Adult Coloring Demo by Mark Dean Lim, The Art of Doodling and Stuff – A Create and Collaboration Workshop by Nelz Yumul, Coloring Tips from the Googly Gooeys by Tippy Go, Tips on Doodling and Adult Coloring by Kerby Rosanes, Marvy Uchida Basic Coloring Demonstration by Tepai Pascual, and many more.

All coloring sheets and materials will be provided. Plus! Get 20% off on all imported adult coloring books at the event only. Color your world and join the fun at National Book Store’s Color Pop Fair.

See posters or follow National Book Store on Facebook for more details. Shop online and buy eBooks at For reservations, call 8888-NBS (627) for calls within Metro Manila, 1-800-10-8888-NBS for calls outside Metro Manila, or text 0998-8888-NBS and 0917-8747-269. The National Book Store hotlines are open Mondays to Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert). Tag #NBSColorPopFair to join the discussion.

Color Pop Fair

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is Color Pop Fair?
The Color Pop Fair will be on October 24, 2015 at the Main Mall Atrium, SM Mall of Asia from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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

When will the registration be?
Registration starts at 10:00 a.m. and will continue throughout the day. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. Venue capacity is limited. Seats are on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

Will there be coloring sheets and coloring materials provided?
Yes. You can choose from several designs of coloring sheets. Coloring pens will also be provided and for sharing. Kindly return the coloring pens so others can use it afterwards.

Can I bring my own adult coloring books and coloring materials?
Yes, as long as the coloring books and materials were purchased from National Book Store, NBS Express and Powerbooks.

PR courtesy of National Book Store

Book Signing Tour : Christine, Tarryn & Colleen in PH

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Christine Brae, Tarryn Fisher, and Colleen Hoover
Book Signing Tour

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where are the book signings?
September 12, 2015, 2 p.m., The Gallery, Ayala Center Cebu
September 13, 2015, 2 p.m., L/G Event Center, Mega A of SM Megamall
September 19, 2015, 2 p.m., National Book Store booth, Manila International Book Fair, SMX Convention Center (limited to 200 slots only)

When will the registration be?
Registration opens at 10:00 am on September 12 at The Gallery, Ayala Center Cebu, and 10:00 am on September 13 at the L/G Event Center, Mega A of SM Megamall. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. Separate registrations for each event is required should you wish to attend both events. First come, first served.

Registration for the book signing at the Manila International Book Fair opens at 10:00 am on September 19 in the National Book Store booth. Only the first 200 registrants will be given a signing slot. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. First come, first served.

Is there a registration fee for the events?
No. There is no registration fee.

Do I need a separate ticket to get into the MIBF?
Yes, you will still need a separate ticket to get into the MIBF.

How many books can I have signed? Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?
You may have any number of books signed as long as they were purchased from National Book Store, National Book Store Express or Powerbooks, and we do not have any preset limit as to the number of people.

However, although we will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible, depending on the number of attendees, we reserve the right to limit the number of copies per person or limit the number of people in line. First come, first served.

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.

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

Can I have other items signed?
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the authors.

Can we have our photo taken with the authors?
Yes, you can have your photo with each author when they sign your book. However, we strictly allow only one photo per person for each author.

How much are the books?

Christine Brae title:
Light in the World (Will be available starting next week)
His Wounded Light (Will be available starting next week)

Tarryn Fisher title:
The Opportunist (Will be available starting next week)
Dirty Red (Will be available starting next week)

Colleen Hoover titles:
Confess (Trade Paperback – P599)
Ugly Love (Trade Paperback – P599)
Finding Cinderella (Trade Paperback – P599)
Maybe Someday (Trade Paperback – P599)
This Girl (Trade Paperback – P599)
Losing Hope (Trade Paperback – P599)
Hopeless (Trade Paperback – P599)
Point of Retreat (Trade Paperback – P599)

* PR courtesy of National Book Store

Meeting New York Times Best Selling author Leigh Bardugo + Giveaway

Meeting authors and talking to them or just listening to them talk about books, works and experiences is always a fun, memorable and inspiring experience for me. It’s one of those times when I get to know them more personal than just the person who write stories that consume every hours of my reading time. When I get to meet and talk to them, they are not just writers behind the stories I read, they become a friend, mentor, and inspiration.

Just like last Sunday when I met Leigh Bardugo in a private event for bloggers organized by National Book Store, Leigh become our friend, mentor, and inspiration. We had fun grilling her with questions about her books and works, and listening to her stories and experiences. She is absolutely fun and engaging. I feel like she animates when she talks, and with her beautiful big eyes, it’s just so much adorable to see her up close talking about her passion and experiences as a writer.

During the Q&A someone asked her which amplifier she would choose and Leigh answer in exclamation 🙂

“Oh! No!….No!… Then I have to kill an animal! I can’t do it!…”

Because Leigh is an animal lover, and having an amplifier in her books mean killing an animals or person and wearing pieces of the kill for powers. With that Leigh can’t imagine killing for the sake of gaining powers. Just writing those scenes in her book where animals where killed is not easy for Leigh what more actually killing one? But if she really had to choose for an amplifier she would pick Firebird. (You have to read Leigh’s third book from The Grisha series, Ruin and Rising to know why).

I’ve asked Leigh about the Grisha world setting and her interest with the 1800 Russia and she told us that she set Grisha in Russia because she actually wanted to take her readers to a different place. As a huge fan of Gorge RR Martin’s Game of Throne and have read a lot of books that used Medieval England as a setting Leigh is basically influenced by those type of worlds. And since she wants to show the tension between the rise of modern military technology and medieval magic, 1800 Russia is a perfect choice for her. As for continuing to write in the same world as the Grisha in her upcoming book Six of Crows, she just knew that she has a story to tell set in Kerch, because Kerch is an interesting setting being the hub of legan and illegal trade.

Six of Crows is written in five different points of view with heist comparable to prison break. It’s about six kids who are trying to pull off a suicide mission. Unlike with Shadow and Bone, Six of Crows isn’t about the “chosen one” story, instead it’s about those characters who are just trying to survive.

Aside from Six of Crows, Leigh has a horror story coming out entitled Slasher Girls & Monster Boys whose cover is her favorite of all time because it’s so creepy. This thriller anthology is a collaboration with other talented authors like Kendare Blake, A.G. Howard, Megan Shepherd and others. Leigh also written a story included in Stephanie Perkin’s anthology Summer Days, Summer Nights which is set in New England and schedule to release next year.

As for the other characters of the Shadow of Bone series who didn’t get a part from Six of Crows, well Leigh might write more about them, especially Sturmhond. But currently Leigh is still on break from the Grisha world after writing the sequel of Six of Crows, so Sturmhond story have to wait. And there’s also a possibility that Alina might get a novella in the future, maybe after Sturmhond book/s.

As for the Darkling, Chyna asked Leigh about how he build his character, being the villain who most readers like and I love how Leigh explains how “she write characters and not love interest or villains”. Though she created the Darkling’s to be appealing and sexy because according to her most of the dangerous are the beautiful, brooding, and charming ones as they have the power to manipulate people, still the Darking is not created to be just the villain. She doesn’t write villains or love interest because that gets boring for her. Instead she write characters and try to develop them into something.

Bloggers Forum with Leigh Bardugo.jpegTop: Me and Precious of Fragments of Life with Leigh Bardugo | Below: Leigh during the forum & book signing

Watch or listen to Leigh narrate the story that inspired the first book of Grisha Trilogy Shadow and Bone

Also here’s Leigh message for her Filipino fans

A million thanks to Leigh for visiting us all the way here in the Manila. It’s really a wonderful and memorable experience meeting and talking to you in person. I really hope you got another chance to visit us again here. I miss you already.

Thank you also to the people of National Book Stores, Powerbooks and to Leigh’s publisher for bringing Leigh here and for organizing the bloggers’ forum event. It’s really a pleasure being part of a gathering like this. Thanks you so much!

To know more about Leigh Bardugo and her books visit her website, tumblr or instagram and follow her on twitter for instant updates.


What’s up for Grabs?

  • Grisha swags and Pre-ordered copy of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Giveaway Price Grisha SwagsSix of Crows

The Rules:

  • Open to everyone / international who can received books via Book Depository
  • Swags will be send via courier by me
  • There will be one (1) winner only
  • Winner will be chosen by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be announced here on the post & contacted thru email
  • Winner should response with their details within 48 hours
  • Ends Friday, July 24th, 2015

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!


The contest is now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who has entered. The winner was already drawn and announced via rafflecopter. I also sent email to the winner, who got 48 hours to reply or else I’ll be forced to draw another. Congrats to the winner and Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Watch out for the next giveaway soon!