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Fourteen Anvil Publishing Titles among the 2017 National Book Awards Finalists

Fourteen Anvil Publishing books have been named finalists at the 36th National Book Awards.

The announcement was made by The National Book Development Council of the Philippines and the Manila Critics Circle on September 8, 2017 for the said annual award-giving body.

Here are the Anvil titles that made it to the list:



Best Book of Short Fiction in English

  • The Stories So Far by Jessica Zafra



Best Book of Fiction (Novel) in English

  • The Music Child & The Mahjong Queen by Alfred A. Yuson


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Best Book of Nonfiction Prose in English

  • Lessons from Nationalist Struggle by Jose Dalisay Jr.


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Best Anthology (Bilingual)

  • Remembering/Rethinking EDSA by JPaul Manzanilla and Caroline Hau
  • Elite: An Anthology by Caroline Hau; Katrina Tuvera; and Isabelita Reyes



Best Essays in English

  • Basagan ng Trip by Lisandro Claudio


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Best Book on Food

  • The Expat Kitchen by Blanche Gallardo
  • Via Mare: 40 Years by Glenda Barretto
  • Philippine Food, Cooking and Dining Dictionary by Edgie Polistico


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Best Book on History

  • Orientalists, Propagandists, and Ilustrados by Megan Thomas



Best Book on Science

  • Hotspot, Cool Country: Biodiversity in the Philippines by Almira Gilles


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Best Book on Leisure

  • Kwentaxi 2 by Mae Paner



Best Book on Professions

  • Winning: Management Lessons Outside the Classroom by Management Association of the Philippines


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Best Book on Art

  • EIGA: Cinema in the Philippines During World War II by Nick Deocampo


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The Philippine National Book Awards is distinguished as a major and secular Philippine literary award. It pays tribute “to excellent books written, designed, and published in the Philippines.”

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