Book shorts: Shadow of Doubt sequel, RJ Ledesma book signing


Posted at Sep 14 2012 04:44 PM | Updated as of Sep 15 2012 12:44 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Here are some events and announcements that may make book lovers happy.

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‘Shadow of Doubt’ sequel

The sequel to Marites Dañguilan Vitug’s bestselling book, “Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court,” will be launched next week, September 21, at the Fully Booked bookstore at the Bonifacio Global City.

Titled “Hours Before Dawn: The Fall and Uncertain Rise of the Philippine Supreme Court,” the book “takes the reader to what might have been the darkest hour of the Philippine Supreme Court, when its integrity was compromised by the actions of its Chief Justice.”

It is also described as a “record of how a staunchly independent minority within the Court stood up for what is right, giving hope for the rebirth and reorientation of the country’s most vital institutions.”

“The founding idea of this book is to continue to beam a journalist’s searchlight on the Court and keep the institution in the public eye – with the hope that the justices and the rest of the judiciary take accountability seriously,” Vitug said.

Released in 2010, “Shadow of Doubt” shed light on the country’s judiciary process and probed into the alleged manipulations by some of the magistrates of the Supreme Court.

It was among the winners of this year’s Manila Rotary Club journalism awards.

RJ Ledesma book signing

RJ Ledesma will sign all four of his books this afternoon at the National Book Store Booth of the 33rd Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center of Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

His four humor books include “Lies My Yaya Should Have Told Me” (2008), “I Do Or I Die” (2009), “Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Me?” (2010) and “It Only Hurts When I Pee” (2011) from Anvil Publishing.

His third book, “Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Me,” was a National Book Award Finalist in the 30th National Book Awards.

Aside from being a writer, Ledesma is also an actor, men’s magazine editor and a co-organizer of the hit food market Mercato Centrale.