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!
Headlining at the event are international bestselling and award-winning authors Amy Tan and Chang-Rae Lee.
Amy Tan is the woman behind ‘The Joy Luck Club’, ‘The Kitchen God’s Wife’, and ‘The Hundred Secret Senses’, which are all New York Times bestsellers and recipients of various awards all over the world. Her works have been translated into 35 languages. She has contributed articles for magazines such as The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, and National Geographic.
Amy Tan’s new novel ‘The Valley of Amazement’ is described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a novel that grabs your soul”. Abandoned by her mother Lucia, and uncertain of her father’s identity, Violet is one of the most celebrated courtesans in Shanghai. Her quest will set her on a path fraught with danger and complexity, and the loss of her own daughter Flora. Lucia, a willful and wild American woman who was once the proprietress of Shanghai’s most exclusive courtesan house, nurses her own secret wounds. Her search for penance and redemption will bring her to a startling reunion with Flora, and will shatter all that Violet believed she knew about her mother.
Korean-American novelist Chang-Rae Lee is the author of ‘Native Speaker’, which garnered numerous awards including Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the American Book Award. He was hailed as one of the 20 best American writers by The New Yorker magazine for his second novel ‘A Gesture Life’. His novel ‘Aloft’, earned him the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the Adult Fiction category in 2006.
On Such a Full Sea’ is Chang-Rae Lee’s latest novel set in a dystopian future America, which is described by the Washington Post as “a brilliant, deeply unnerving portrait”. In a class-divided future America where urban neighborhoods function as labor colonies for elite charter villages, Fan, a female fish-tank diver, embarks on what becomes a legendary quest to find the man she loves, who mysteriously disappears. Her journey will soon become a legend to those she left behind.
On top of the spotlight sessions and book signings of Amy Tan and Chang-Rae Lee, the Philippine showcase is looking fabulous, as well, with book launches and sessions on writing and literature. I’d have a hard time choosing, if I were here (I can’t believe I’m missing this!!!) — looks like there are awesome sessions happening all at the same time!
Here are my top picks:
Thursday, October 23
11 AM-12 PM|Speculative Fiction: Why Libraries Must Have Them|Dean Francis Alfar|Anvil Publishing
11 AM-12 PM|Writing Non-Fiction Today|RJ Ledesma, Chay Hofileña, Pam Pastor, and Arnel Patawaran|Anvil Publishing
1:30-3 PM| The Science of Magazine Covers|Jaykee Evangelista|Summit Media
4:15-5:15 PM|Emerging Writers Primer: Author as a Businessperson| Karen Francisco, Mervin Malonzo, Eliza Victoria, Carlo Vergara, Mina V. Esguerra, and Nida Ramirez|Moderated by Siege Malvar|Visprint Publishing
5:15-6:15 PM|Reading and Writing for Filipinos, by Filipinos|Eros Atalia, Joselito Delos Reyes, Ferdinand Jarin, and Beverly Siy|Visprint Publishing
6 -7 PM|Komikero Panel|Abangan’s Adam David, Rob Cham, and Elbert Or, Trese’s Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, Elmer’s Gerry Alanguilan|Moderated by Carljoe Javier|Visprint Publishing
Friday, October 24
11 AM-12 PM|How Pop Can Regional Literatures Be?|Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera|Anvil Publishing
3:30-5 PM|What We Don’t Know About the Books We Know|Patricia May Jurilla, PhD.|Anvil Publishing
3:30-5 PM|Pagsipat ng Mambabasa|Ricardo Lee, Jun Cruz Reyes, and Lourd De Veyra|Anvil Publishing
7-8 PM|Pop Lit: Online Stories, New Phase of Literature|Maxinejiji, FrustratedGirlWriter, Empriel, PinkyJhewelii, Mechanic_lady|Precious Pages
Registration starts at 8 am every day at Raffles Makati, admission is free.
Only books purchased at the Philippine Literary Festival will be entitled to signing passes for Amy Tan and Chang-Rae Lee.
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