Catch a book fair, get insights on writing + more at the 7th Philippine International Literary Festival
It starts today!
(SPOT.ph) A landmark project of the National Book Development Board that started in 2010, the Philippine International Literary Festival is a yearly event that has brought together authors, illustrators, publishers, and literature lovers from the Philippines and beyond. This year, the theme is “Against Forgetting,” which sees “the role of creation as an individual’s attempt at breaking silence, as an act of bravery against seeming futility.”
The two-day affair will be held on April 28 to 29 at the QCX Museum, Quezon Memorial Circle. Attendees can expect a plenary session on the theme, as well as a workshop on literary editing and roundtable discussions on writing, publishing, rights trading, and readership.
Local speakers scheduled to attend include J. Neil Garcia, Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, Conchitina Cruz, Bernadette Neri, Benilda Santos, Edgar Calabia Samar, Ian Rosales Casocot, Butch Dalisay, and Jess Abrera.
International speakers are comics artist, painter and illustrator Sonny Liew; poet and essayist Bei Ling, publisher Stacy Whitman, and Frankfurt Book Fair executive Claudia Kaiser.
The festival is "[the National Book Development Board's (NBDB)] way of celebrating literature and promoting best publishing practices through discourse on the issues of authorship and readership shaping the local book industry."
According to the NBDB, admission is free for all sessions, but everyone is encouraged to bring book donations.
Since slots are limited, NBDB advises attendees to register online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “SIGN ME UP FOR THE 7TH PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL” together with your full name, affiliation, and contact numbers.