10 Good Reasons To Attend the 34th Manila International Book Fair

Lots of things to look forward to at this year’s book fair.

(SPOT.ph) We have to admit, the SM Mall of Asia complex is going to be a crowded affair this weekend: SM’s mall-wide sale, the UAAP Cheerdance Competition at the MOA Arena on Sunday, and the 34th Annual Manila International Book Fair. But despite the lure of cheap shopping and high-flying acrobatics-not to mention the inevitable headache of traffic and parking-we still find ourselves walking toward the SMX Convention Center, armed with a list of novels and authors, schedules, and a budget. The magic of books hasn’t lost its allure in the past 34 years and we’re giving you 10 reasons why it never will.

The Manila International Book Fair is from September 11 to 15 at the SMX Convention Center, Seashell Drive, Mall of ASia Complex, Pasay City. For details, call 896-0061, 896-0682, or e-mail bookfair@primetradeasia.com. Visit their website at www.manilabookfair.com.



Save on steals

Big book worm, but low on cash? You’ll see deals and more deals at MIBF. Encyclopedia sets can sell for as low as 20% their suggested retail value, novels are offered at discount prices. The annual fair is also big on general reference and textbooks so you just might find that sought-after tome on the human anatomy here.



Meet and greet authors

Don’t play it coy and stare at them from a distance. Go have a photo op with them. Get your novels signed complete with a personal dedication that will have you treasuring that piece of literature for the rest of your life. Relationship guru Papa Jack will be on hand to sign copies of his love manual. Musician-model-TV personality-bestselling author Lourd de Veyra will also be present to launch the much-awaited sequel to This Is A Crazy Planets, a new anthology based on his SPOT.ph blog.

New York Times bestselling authors Alyson Noel, Margaret Stohl, and Melissa de la Cruz also have scheduled book-signings on September 15 (Sunday) at 2 p.m. Only the first 200 registrants will be entertained.

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Bring a date

There are over a hundred exhibitors participating in the MIBF, so this will be the perfect opportunity for literary compatibility (as well as a test of how much you can tolerate each other within large crowds). If you find yourself in a charming conversation and not a competitive argument, then congratulations!


Attend a class

Learning is the underlying theme of the MIBF and every year, a variety of forums and lectures are scheduled throughout the weeklong event with topics that range from managing your money and storytelling to the state of librarianship in the Philippines.

There are also seminars on blogging (4 p.m., Saturday) and getting published (6 p.m., Saturday).


Learn more about rearing children

Teachers and new mothers concerned about raising their children the right way might want to drop by the annual Educare Conference where they can learn tips on childhood education, classroom management solutions, early childhood development, and more. September 14 is the last day for Educare for those who want to catch up on this event.



Make friends

Have a casual dialogue with someone who picks up your favorite book, in the least creepy way possible. Everyone around you is a reader, so you have at least one thing in common. Take the time to be a little friendlier than usual and meet fellow fans of certain titles.


Have another round of the Best of Anime

This convention coincides with MIBF like clockwork. Kids who aren’t exactly enthused at the prospect of textbooks and novels might have a happier time at this gathering of Jap-culture enthusiasts, comic and anime artists, cosplayers, and foodies.

BOA is on September 14 to 15 at Function Rooms 3 and 4 in the SMX Convention Center.


Purchase at least one local title

The Filipiniana section in certain bookstores is somewhat limited so when you come across the booths of local publishing houses, go nuts and see what they have for you.  It’s the perfect opportunity to check out the scenery in the Philippine literary landscape!


Start your literary career

On September 14 at 6 p.m. in Meeting Rooms 8 to 9, Dr. Isagani Cruz will be hosting a "How To Write Your Own Book" seminar, which might interest you budding writers out there. Talk to people within the exhibit floor too and chat up publishers from different groups. Make that leap and who knows, you might find yourself writing your very own novel.


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