Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Giveaway: Signed Copies of In My Mother's House and Unseen Moon

Today, as the Philippines celebrates its Independence Day, I decided to give away some signed books by Filipino authors. This day always makes me reflect on my heritage and culture, so I thought it was only fitting that I help bring two fantastic works (which are not yet readily available in our local bookstores) to your doorstep:

First is In My Mother's House by Filipino-Chinese author Joni Cham. The book was awarded the Special Jury Prize in the Novel Category (Premio Jose) at the Premio Thomas: UST Quadricentennial Literary Prize.

From a quote by J. Neil Garcia:
Here is an incisive and at times merciless unpacking of a troubled mother-daughter relationship, complicated by the heady cultural dynamic attending “Chineseness” and all that it implies in a morally repressive, ritually pious and middle-class Philippines.

In My Mother's House is only available via Central Books, which has three branches in Metro Manila.

Next is Unseen Moon by another multi-awarded author and poet, Eliza Victoria, whose genre works move between the realms of horror, science fiction, and fantasy.

From Amazon:
Ghosts in a mansion. A home invasion. A group of friends haunted by a murder. An unlikely friendship, a dead body in an abandoned house. Unseen Moon (ebook edition) collects four suspenseful stories by award-winning author Eliza Victoria.

Unseen Moon
is available as e-book on Amazon and Smashwords, though the digital version only contains four stories. You can get a print version from Amazon that includes the fifth story, "The Viewless Dark" or you can win it here.

Both books are not only signed by their respective authors, but also come with a special bookmark each.

1. Leave a comment telling me more about the last book you read that was written by a Filipino author.

2. You may only enter (and win) the contest once. Multiple posts/comments will only count as one entry.

3. Winners will be drawn randomly. There will be one (1) winner for In My Mother's House and one (1) for Unseen Moon. Prizes will be distributed randomly as well.

4. The contest will run until June 22 (Saturday), and will be announced then. (Sorry, I don't have people's email addresses so you'll have to visit the blog again to find out if you've won.)

5. This giveaway is only available to residents of the Philippines. Prizes will be shipped out using the courier of my choice.

6. In case the winner doesn’t respond within a week of the announcement, I reserve the right to draw a new winner.

7. If you don't win, well... do yourself a favor and read another Filipino book when you can! Hooray for Filipino novels!


Aloi (guiltlessreading) said...

(I'm not based in the Philippines, so this is just a comment :))

I recently finished Nick Joaquin's May Day Eve and I got slightly homesick. I think I;m actually paying more attention to Filipino literature now that I'm not there. How strange!

kaoko said...

Currently reading Icon of the Indecisive (Finally!) and liking it so far. Philippine Mythology, cute boys, romance, what's not to like?

Last book I finished was Trese 5 though, if we're being technical about it :)

Happy Independence Day! I still have two more Filipino-penned novellas lined up but the authors might kick me if I reveal them :p

Anonymous said...

The last book that I read that was written by a Filipino author was Icon of the Indecisive! I'm really curious about In My Mother's House because you highly recommend it.

dementedchris said...

Too bad you can't join :) Hope you can continue to read more local authors. I guess being far from home makes us long for things we miss or may have taken for granted. I have to admit that I only read more and more Filipino authors when I started book blogging. Eeep!

I think I know those novellas haha. Trese 5 and IotI are both awesome. I'm excited for the next Trese installment. :P

I think you'll like In My Mother's House. :) Too bad lang talaga it's not more readily available. I don't think I've been inside a Central Books store! Must remedy this; I hope to see more of what they have.

Osing said...

The last book I read that was written by a Filipino author was Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush mo by Ramon Bautista. I found it exremely funny and surprisingly witty. In fact nagka-teeny crush ako on Ramon Bautista after reading it haha.

Tin said...

Hey, Chris! Honestly, it's been a long while since my last Filipino Lit read *hides*, which was the graphic novel, Elmer by Gerry Alanguilan. Must do something about it. Hee. :D

Monique said...

Last Filipino book I read was Eliza Victoria's "A Bottle of Storm Clouds." I loved it to bits!

Excited to read "Unseen Moon." And I've been curious about "In My Mother's House" because of the mother-daughter reference. :)

dementedchris said...

I ended up giving a copy of that to a friend but never did buy one for myself T.T

Confession: I'm afraid of Elmer haha. I have a fear of birds, so any story where they talk and act like people will give me nightmares.

I loved A Bottle of Storm Clouds, too! So many delicious stories there. I hope you get to read Unseen Moon :D

notyourordinaryteacher said...

I read Ambeth Ocampo's Death by Garrote. It looks back at our country's history in a humorous and engaging way.

dementedchris said...


I haven't read that one! Thanks for putting it on my radar.