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15/08/2011: Random House Publishes First Time Filipina Author

Filipino author Samantha Sotto presents her first novel, Before Ever After, published by New York-based Random House, to Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. on August 15, 2011 a the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC.

Filipino author Samantha Sotto presents her first novel, Before Ever After, published by New York-based Random House, to Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. on August 15, 2011 a the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC.

August 15, 2011, Washington, DC – The world’s largest trade-book publisher, Random House, released the fiction novel, Before Ever After, by Filipino author, Samantha Sotto, last August 2. She is the second Filipino to National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose to be published by Random House. Before Ever After, a love story that defies the boundaries of time and space, is the author’s first work.

Ms. Sotto visited the Embassy of the Philippines today and called on H.E. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Philippine Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Cuisia expressed pride at the achievement of Ms. Sotto, who wrote her book at a coffee shop while waiting for her son to get off school. The Ambassador urged Ms. Sotto to continue with her good work to showcase Filipino talent not just in the US but in many parts of the world.

Ms. Sotto, who lives in the Philippines, said, “…my being Filipino was definitely a plus. My living overseas was not an issue at all with my publisher.” She informed the Ambassador that while the setting of her novel is Europe, the famous island resort of Boracay in the Philippines is an important location in the story. She emphasized that there are no barriers to Filipino talent and one of her goals in being an author is to raise awareness about the Philippines.

The first time author said that she is eighty percent done with her second book. She will be back in the US in October for more promotional events. -- END