Before Ever After, the Book Launch

PHILIPPINE launch will PUSH THROUGH tonight — RAIN OR MORE RAIN (6PM, National Book Store, Glorietta 5.) See you then!!! 😀

That was the message status of first time Filipino author Samantha Sotto over her Facebook page; push through it did, for even the rainy weather can’t stop the Philippine book launch of her debut novel, Before Ever After, and so am I with a bunch of friends from The Filipino Group who trooped to Glorrietta 5 to witness and share one of the highlights of this year’s local literary scene.

Samantha Sotto was one of our book club’s special guests during our recent Meet Up, so we already got the chance to meet, talk and mostly ask her about her first novel. She’s such a graceful, nice lady, funny and bubbly that I truly enjoyed her talk about the inspiration behind the book and its incredible journey from writing to its publication.

That's Sam signing a copy of my book.

For those who haven’t heard of her book yet, here’s an overview from the author’s website:

A modern fairy tale about true love, happy endings, new beginnings, and everything in between.

Three years after her husband Max’s death, Shelley feels no more adjusted to being a widow than she did that first terrible day. That is, until the doorbell rings. Standing on her front step is a young man who looks so much like Max–same smile, same eyes, same age, same adorable bump in his nose–he could be Max’s long-lost relation. He introduces himself as Paolo, an Italian editor of American coffee table books, and shows Shelley some childhood photos. Paolo tells her that the man in the photos, the bearded man who Paolo says is his grandfather though he never seems to age, is Max. Her Max. And he is alive and well.

 As outrageous as Paolo’s claims seem–how could her husband be alive? And if he is, why hasn’t he looked her up? – Shelley desperately wants to know the truth. She and Paolo jet across the globe to track Max down–if it is really Max– and along the way, Shelley recounts the European package tour where they had met. As she relives Max’s stories of bloody Parisian barricades, medieval Austrian kitchens, and buried Roman boathouses, Shelley begins to piece together the story of who her husband was and what these new revelations mean for her “happily ever after.” And as she and Paolo get closer to the truth, Shelley discovers that not all stories end where they are supposed to.

I’m really happy that Samantha’s book has been the talk of the town lately, and aside from various articles written about and her book both online and in the newspapers, it’s also wonderful that a TV news channel also reported the said event.

We definitely had fun last Wednesday and as a further proof of that why don’t you just look at this…

The Filipino Group's photo-op with the lady of the hour. (Photo © Mikey Blanco)

This is the third book launching I’ve attended so far. My first time was Miguel Syjuco’s launching of his award-winning Ilustrado while the second was the local launching of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, the third and last book in her Hunger Games Trilogy, organized by Scholastic Philippines. I love the experience so far, so much so that you can actually talk to the author and have him/her sign your book (well except Mockingjay, of course!).

 I’m looking forward for these events, and I’m wishing Samantha Sotto all the best for a successful book launching this coming August in New York just like she did here in the Philippines. 😉

For other accounts of the book launch, please visit:
Chachic’s Book Nook
And do check out the pictures on National Book Store’s Facebook page
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