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Lang Leav: The Poems She Wants You To Read

We got to chat with the contemporary artist and author recently when she came to the country to pay her fans a visit.
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This is contemporary author and artist, Lang Leav's second time to visit the Philippines. The first one was in February when she was promoting her first book, Love and Misadventure.

"Nothing much has changed," she said when we asked her what she's been up to since her last visit. "The only difference, I think, is that I have a harder time to communicate as much as I used to [on social media] because of time constraints."

While the bestselling author may have a difficult time responding to messages from her fans (there are thousands of them!) all over the world, she continues to share her works and that of her partner's, Michael Faudet, over Facebook or Tumblr. And that includes bits and pieces of poems and prose from her new book, Lullabies. Asked what she thinks makes it different from her first book, she said, "There are longer pieces of prose. It's less whimsical. It's got a more serious tone to it."

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Since Lang loves sharing her work online, we just had to ask her about poems and prose she'd want you to read from her books for specific situations. Here are her suggestions

  1. For friendships: "I wrote a poem about being friendzoned, Just Friends, and that has really been so popular."

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  2. For heartbreak: Broken Hearts.

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  3. For those who are in love: Us.

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  4. For following your dreams: Self Love.

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  5. For those who are part of NBSB Club: Sea of Strangers.

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  6. For those who are scared of falling in love: Afraid of Love.

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Lang Leav's books, Love and Misadventure and Lullabies, are available in all National Book Store branches nationwide. The author will also be doing a series of book signing events in the Philippines on December 6, 12PM, in the East Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza East Wing (500 signing slots) and on December 7 at 12PM in Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4 (500 signing slots). Registration starts at 10AM for all events. For more information, visit www.nationalbookstore.com.ph or tweet them @nbsalert.

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UPDATE: Due to safety concerns, National Bookstore decided to cancel the Cebu leg of Lang's book signing scheduled on December 5. Please stay safe, Candy Girls!

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