Papercutting (the art, not the owwie) is all the rage in the local craft community, but on my trip to Beijing, I discovered the Chinese have been doing it since they invented paper in the Han dynasty.
One of my favorite purchases from the trip is this lovely papercut bookmark, which I wheedled and wheedled the seller for (while everyone else was loading up on keychains and refrigerator magnets).
It’s time once again for the Filipino Reader Conference, slated on November 14-15 at the Bayanihan Center, Mandaluyong City.
The Filipino Reader Conference is an annual event in support of the Filipino reader, designed to help them discover reading communities they can join, reading materials they would be interested in, and fellow book lovers they can make friends with.
This year’s theme is Readers Turned Writers, zeroing in on the phenomenon of readers who transitioned from consumer to creator, and the steps they took to write and publish their first books.
Sorry for the hiatus — went on a trip to Beijing and things have been crazy (before and) after I got back.
Anyway, before I start tackling the posts I owe you (I have a growing list of interviews to transcribe), let me share with you my bookish outing in Beijing, to the famous Beijing book cafe, The Bookworm!
I knew we would have a tight schedule in Beijing so I had to carefully plan any solo expeditions, most of which had to fall on the afternoon we arrived in China. I had anticipated navigation to be a problem, so I only marked out two destinations: the Beijing International Art Material Center (for crafty goodness) and The Bookworm.
I will be away for most of next week, and one thing I am really bummed about missing is the Philippine Literary Festival, which happens on October 23-25 at Raffles Makati.
Presented by National Book Store and Raffles Makati, the festival features three days of book signings, discussions and panels about books and literature, and the best thing about it is that admission is FREE!
This post comes to you a couple of days after the MIBF, mainly because I was nursing a sore throat and some back pain (I’d blame the haul, but well, haha I regret nothing!), and I wasn’t fit for company (erm, except for a couple of books stashed under my covers).
Anyway, I’m in recovery mode now so here are some other MIBF moments I haven’t documented yet.