fox books: defining the new filipino literature

Fox Literary House, which publishes fiction in Filipino, was built with a leap of faith late last year by businessman Ramon Balatbat. A newcomer to the field of publishing, he also put up Newstar Publishing House, a textbook publishing enterprise, to provide quality educational material for young children.

With cum laude University of the Philippines Creative Writing graduate Sarah Grutas at the editorial helm of Fox Literary (also known as “Fox Books”), its initial five offerings are well-chosen from manuscripts written by talented authors. The formal launch of the company and its books, held last April 14 at Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street, promises a new dimension in Filipino literature, providing a venue for fiction writers to have their creative efforts presented to the reading public in a graphically exciting format.

I joined Fox Books as the sales manager last January, but was lured back to the world of horseracing. Still, during my two-months’ stay at Fox, I got to know Sarah and Fox Books’ graphics designer, writer Adam David. These young people are bright, brash, and bold, rising stars in the firmament of Filipino literature, and Fox Books is certain rise to great heights with these two to pilot it.

Fox novels are available at Fully Booked, National Bookstore, and other fine outlets. Check out the ad and press release below, illustrated by Adam, written by Sarah:

New Filipino Literature Rises

Fox Literary House Inc., an aggressive publishing company involved in quality and creative literary works, launched its first line of books last Monday, April 14 2008, 4 p.m. at Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street, Global City.

The book launch featured the works of mostly young writers and artists: Mykel Andrada, Kendrick Bautista, Layeta Bucoy, Sarah Bulalacao, J Luis Camacho, Adam David, Nicanor David, Jr., Mar Anthony de la Cruz, Rita de la Cruz, UZ Eliserio, Wennie Fajilan, Geraldine Flores, Vlad Gonzales, Anna Ishikawa, Josel Nicolas, Beverly Siy, Ardee Sto. Domingo, Kristian Teves, and Haidee Pineda.

All books: Dagta: Antolohiya ng Erotika, Mga Kwento ng Batang Kaning-Lamig, Palalim Nang Palalim Padilim Nang Padilim, Where Your Dreams Come True, and Tres Amores are now available at bookstores near you.

Contact Fox Literary House at (632)740.4532 or send email to: foxliteraryhouse(AT)

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