Hello from #MIBF2018!

I’m back for the annual MIBF scope out. Sorry this comes late — I spent most of Day 1 running around (see, that photo is proof), got home late and put up my feet… ah tita problems. It’s my thirteenth year on the job at MIBF, and my 25th book fair total — my first was in third grade at the Megatrade Hall — and it’s still a wonderful experience every year.

Anyway, here’s some stuff I got and a lot more I’m eyeing at MIBF (haven’t browsed a lot — I could only squeeze in so much on Day 1, and some stock are still incoming for some booths, please pardon the hasty snapshots). I’m *trying* to read more and buy less (who’dathunk?) so please go ahead and buy out all the books I want? Haha.

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Elaine Castillo on America Is Not The Heart, writing, and diversity

I’ve been taking introversion to new levels this year, the but I’m glad I made an exception this weekend, because I got to meet Elaine Castillo, author of “America Is Not The Heart,” who was in Manila for the Philippine International Lit Fest, right in time for the release of her acclaimed debut novel.

So I’m outside of my hidey-hole (and back on my blog, yay!), with a story for ABS-CBN News (here: http://news.abs-cbn.com/life/04/23/18/millennial-fil-am-writer-elaine-castillo-releases-debut-novel), and the interview in full below.

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Interview: Barry Cunningham

In line with the Scholastic Asian Book Award’s manuscript critique initiative, “You Write to Me, I’ll Write to You,” I was given the opportunity (squeeeee!!!) for a quick email interview with Barry Cunningham (who paved the way for the publication of Harry Potter).

Here it is in its entirety, with a tip or two for Filipino writers looking to submit their manuscripts for a chance to be read by Barry Cunningham.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: What We Know

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Sans spoilers, of course.

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