11 New Releases to Watch Out for This 2018

Watch out for Anvil Publishing’s new releases this 2018.

Dear Universe: Poems on Love, Longing, and Finding Your Place in the Cosmos
By Pierra Calasanz-Labrador
Illustrated by Fran Alvarez

Pierra Calasanz-Labrador once again shares her second poetry collection with the world. These poems speak with the intimacy only an introvert can evoke, like “a quiet voice longing to be heard.” With fifty poems on love, longing, and self-discovery, Dear Universe is like going through an introspective journey where you may discover yourself as the persona discovers her own.

An audiobook edition read by TV host and content creator Joyce Pring will also be available for purchase starting June 2. Pre-order here:

Pierra Calasanz-Labrador is the author of The Heartbreak Diaries and authors the column Fifi’s Finds on Manila Bulletin. Two decades after attending the National Writers Workshop in Siliman, Dumaguete, Pierra Calasanz-Labrador is finally finding the courage to put her poetry into the universe, but won’t hesitate to talk your ear off about cats, cosmic connections, pretty Filipino finds, and the healing power of J- and K-dramas. Say hello on Instagram @tinypoem.

The Girl Between Light and Dark
By K.M. Levis

Everything is a struggle for Karina after she took over her mother’s role as the next heir in Engkantasia—she faces lukewarm reception from the royal guild who doubts her capability to rule the kingdom well, she yearns for the family she left in the human world, and she has to beat the daughter of one of the council leaders who challenged her for the throne.

Feeling lost, she wanders around the kingdom and stumbles upon the mysterious Untraveled Forest, where she soon finds herself in the midst of a secret plot to take over the two worlds. Now she must find a way to save Engkantasia and the human world from the clutches of the Dark Clans.

Kristyn Maslog-Levis is a freelance journalist based in Sydney. Several of her works have been published in the New York Times and Al Jazeera. She has published The Girl Between Two Worlds in 2015 and is set to release the aforementioned sequel The Girl Between Light and Dark in May 2018, both under Anvil Publishing.

She worked as a TV reporter for ABS-CBN before finishing her master’s degree in communication under the ASEAN scholarship at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Kristyn is also an avid photographer with several photos published in various magazines and exhibited in a couple of local and international exhibitions.

Duck and Croc: Cannot Swim and Duck and Croc: Beat the Heat
by Robert Magnuson

Robert Magnuson releases a summer edition of his latest series, Duck and Croc.

Duck and Croc: Cannot Swim is about the unlikely pairs thrilling visit Monster Lake. But when they choose to hide their secret fear, vacation time turns into panic time.

Duck and Croc: Beat the Heat is about their clever idea to beat the summer heat. But when their plan creates an ever bigger problem, can the friends keep their cool and save the day?

Agos: Modern European Writers in Filipino
By Jaroslav Olsa, Jr.

Sa labing-apat na kuwentong Europeong ito, na pinili ni Ambassador Jaroslav Olsa, Jr. at isinalin ni Susana Borrero para sa mambabasang Filipino, makabubuo tayo ng panibagong larawan ng Europa na ibang-iba sa ating nakasanayan. Ilan lamang sa mga tauhan ng bagong Europang ito ay isang Czech na spaceman, isang radikal na indibidwalista, isang pamilya ng mga time traveler, at isang babaeng namumulat sa kaniyang sekswalidad. Ito ay mga kuwentong kontemporaryong magpapalawak sa ating pagkakakilanlan sa Europa, na hindi na lamang isang kontinenteng imperyal, kundi isang bago at nagbabagong Europa na sakay sa agos ng panahon at panitikan.

Si Jaroslav Olsa, Jr. (b. 1964) ay nagtapos ng Asian and African Studies sa Charles University, Prague, at nagtrabaho bilang patnugot, mamamahayag, at freelance translator bago sumama sa diplomatic service sa nakaraang dalawampu’t limang taon. Tinalakay niya ang Sub-Saharan Africa at nagsilbi bilang embahador ng kanyang bansa sa Zimbabwe (2000-06). Nakapaglathala siya tungkol sa kasaysayan, panitikan, at sining ng Africa; liban sa iba, patnugot siya ng antolohiya ng kontemporaryong panulat ng Zimbabwe (2003), sumulat ng kasaysayan ng Zimbabwe, Zambia, at Malawi (2008, sa wikang Czech). Siya rin ay nakapaglathala ng apat na titulo sa makabagong sining ng Africa – ang isa rito inilimbag sa Ingles sa Modern Art of Zimbabwe (2010).

Pagkaraang magsilbi bilang Czech Ambassador sa South Korea (2008-2014), siya ngayon ang kasalukuyang ambassador ng kanyang bansa sa Pilipinas.

Life is Good
By Yvette Fernandez and Jackie Fernandez-Suntay
Illustrated by Isabel Roxas

Once there were two sisters who lived in a little boy’s playroom. One was a stuffed elephant and the other was made of glass. They were very different, but they loved each other a lot. This is a story about their lives. It is a story about love and loss. It is a story about moving forward and being happy again because life is good.

Yvette is the editor of Town & Country magazine and the author of over a dozen books. Say hello @yvetteinmanila on Instagram or Yvette Fernandez, Books on Facebook.

Jackie was a doctor who had just finished her fellowship at a Harvard Medical School hospital when she was diagnosed with cancer. She and her husband, Bobbie Suntay, founded the Carewell Community Foundation, a non-profit foundation that provides information and support to people living with cancer.

Doodles and Daydreams: From Doodler to Drawing Diva in Just 30 Days!
by May Tobias

Never say “never.” It’s never too late to learn how to draw. It’s just a matter of learning some basic skills and building up your confidence to diva levels. If you love to doodle, it’s time to take the next step. This book is packed with fun, practical, and inspiring exercises, prompts, tips, and examples from seasoned artist May Tobias in making your drawing diva dreams come true.

May Tobias is a children’s book writer and illustrator. In a former life, she worked for several advertising agencies variously as storyboard artist, art director, and creative director. In yet another former life, she taught illustration and design at the U.P. College of Fine Arts and was an art director for the University of the Philippines Press. She brings to this book experiences and insights on doodling and drawing collected from advertising, publishing, the academe, as well as being a work-from-home artist-mommy.

1…2…3… Ruuun! A Counting Book
by Aaron Randy

Who will claim the trophy in this wild, wacky marathon of animals? Count from 1 to 100 to find out!

Mabuhay: A Historical Travel Narrative
by Ramon Vilaro

Mabuhay maps out the temporal and geographic history of the Philippines, where every place shapes the narrative of a curious voyager as he unearths the history of the land and grows ever more connected to its people, from humble small-town residents to internationally renowned figures. This is the Philippines through the eyes of a uniquely positioned observer, a Spanish traveler–a stranger by all accounts, yet one so intimately familiar with Filipino history and culture.

Stewards of the Nation
by  J. Eduardo Malaya Jonathan E. Malaya

In parts oratory, public policy, and history, Stewards of the Nation tells the story of the sixteen men and women who ascended to and held the nation’s highest public office. It reintroduces to contemporary readers the presidents of the Philippines—from Emilio Aguinaldo to Rodrigo Roa Duterte—and their nation-shaping visions, delivered through their inaugural speeches, which are documented here in full. The book also provides essential information and insights on the presidents’ lives and times, the challenges they faced, and their achievements. These are presented in a manner that enables readers and the public to meaningfully survey the past, make sense of the present, and hopefully help them plan a better future for the country.

by Liv Strömquist
Isinalin sa Filipino ni Beverly Siy

Malimit banggitin nang walang halong bungisngis o pangungutiya ang salitang “puki,” na para bang ito’y kahiya-hiyang salita, o kaya isang sikretong dapat pabulong lamang sabihin. Bakit kaya? Sa Pukiusap, susuriin ni Liv Strömquist ang kasaysayan ng kapukihan bilang ideya, bilang sentro ng diskurso’t kontrobersiya, at bilang pundasyon ng mga kultura. Sa kakatwang salin ni Bebang Siy, buhay na buhay ang boses ng mga henerasyon ng kababaihan na matagal nang nagtitiis habang isinasantabi sila ng kasaysayan.

All these books are available for purchase in National Book Store and Power Book Store branches nationwide.