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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Trese Book 4 Finalist in National Book Awards

"The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Manila Critics Circle (MCC) are pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s National Book Awards. The names of the winners will be revealed during the awarding ceremonies that will be held on November 17 at the National Museum."

1. Private Iris Case 18: The Programmer’s Puzzle, by Jaime Bautista and Arnold Arre, Blue Cow
2. Trese 4: Last Seen After Midnight, by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, Visprint 
1. Alternative Alamat, by Paolo Chikiamco, Flipside Digital Content Company
2. High Society, by Paolo Chikiamco and Hannah Buena, Flipside Digital Content Company
3. The Long Weekend: A Komix Novella, by Adam David, Flipside Digital Content Company
4. The Top 25 Power Words Every Call Center Agent Should Know, by Rye Gutierrez, Flipside Digital Content Company
In the middle of a very hectic workday, I got a text and an email from our publisher that Trese Book 4 (Last Seen After Midnight) is a finalist in the 2011 National Book Awards, in the Best Graphic Literature Category. I texted Kajo the great news and he replied: Nakakawala ng pagod, Budj. Sarap. Later that day, I got five new pages from Kajo. (Yes, we are making good progress on Book 5 of Trese.)

Was also happy to see some familiar names nominated in this year's National Book Awards.

Jamie Bautista and Arnold Arre's PRIVATE IRIS is a finalist in the Graphic Literature category.

Paolo Chikiamco, my co-editor in Kwentillion, is a finalist for his Alternative Alamat anthology, which, by the way, has a Trese story. Paolo's comic book story "High Society" is also a finalist in the eBook category, as well as, Adam David's "The Long Weekend: A Komix Novella".

I do hope more people check out these books, as well as the other books nominated for the National Book Awards. Below is a link to the complete list of finalists.

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