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.
The complete program for this year’s ReaderCon can be found here: https://filipinoreadercon.wordpress.com/program/2014-panels-and-activities/. I’ve already filed my leave for the 14th, and I’m so looking forward to the panels this year, particularly “The Power of Readers,” “Reading Programs that Work,” “#WeNeedDiverseBooks: What Makes a Diverse Filipino Reader?,” and “Non-required Reading: The Rise of Book Clubs.”
The program on the 14th, is of course, capped by the awards ceremony for the 2014 Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards, which has been a really big challenge for my committee this year because of the changes we’ve made, but somehow, we’re almost at the finish line (getting there!!!) and I can’t believe we’re actually pulling this off.
The 15th is book discussion day, and I’m co-moderating (with my friend, fellow Flipper Joko) the Flips Flipping Pages book discussion for November:
The Filipino ReaderCon is part of “The Pressing Issue: The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit” (PILF-BIS) presented by the National Book Development Month.
On November 12, publishing and business experts will talk about issues on sustainability, publishing and distribution models, and the state of the book publishing industry. On November 13, writers and creators will examine issues on copyright, creative content, and the artistic and financial gains of creative work. Following the ReaderCon on November 15 is the Komikon 2014. Aklatan: The All-Filipino Book Fair will also run through the duration of the event.
Participation fee is P150.00 per day, free for students and teachers upon presentation of a valid ID.
Looks like next week is chock-full of bookish events — fun, eh?
See you at the ReaderCon!