A big thank you to readers and friends who joined the launch of Maximum Volume at Powerbooks in Greenbelt 4, Makati, on Feb 28. Thank you to editors Dean Alfar and Sarge Lacuesta for including my story in their baker’s dozen, and to Anvil and et al for publishing the collection.
I had a really great time seeing old friends and meeting new people, and hearing authors read a short excerpt from their story.
But listen: Gregorio Brillantes, one of my favorite writers, asked for our autographs. He asked ME to sign HIS copy. This is absurd, of course, so I asked for his. I was SO thrilled. (Ask seatmates Tin Lao and Daryll Delgado, I must have looked like an idiot.) I wrote in his copy, Your fiction SHAPED my writing. I am honored.
And I am, I am. I wish we had more time; I would have talked his ear off about how much I loved “Faith, Love, Time, and Dr. Lazaro”.
And here’s my dinner date after the launch. :)
The book is available in the stores for PhP 295 (around US$7). Or you can order it online here. Please support the book so the editors can make this an annual event.