yesterday, a few of the filipino book bloggers met miss marianne villanueva.
paolo of rocket kapre organized the get together for the author to meet with a few local readers, and a few local writers as well. and as always, i was late. so i don’t know how the get together began.
it was completely informal though, and it was fun talking with miss villanueva.
topics ranged from how relatives react to an author’s work, reading with a perception of who the author is, reviewing works written by strangers as opposed to works by colleagues or friends, and more.
miss villanueva also shared with us some tidbits on two of the projects she’s working on, one of which is a libretto for an opera. her first time writing one!
miss villanueva also listened, and commented, on a few issues we book bloggers brought up: like how some authors think the book bloggers tend to drive away readers because of their criticisms, or how there’s a shortage of local novels (not novellas) for filipinos to read, or if local readers would read foreign novels translated into filipino/tagalog.
soon, miss villanueva herself had to leave. but before she left, i took a group photo of those who remained until the end of the meet-up. and as you can see from the photo, we all grabbed a copy of miss villanueva’s latest release, THE LOST LANGUAGE, which she graciously signed for us.
much thanks to triccie and libreria for once again providing the venue for the filipino book bloggers’ meet-up, to paolo for organizing the get together, and of course to miss marianne villanueva herself for spending the afternoon with us.
libreria is located at cubao expo. for more information about the bookstore, check out its facebook page.
and to find out more on miss marianne villanueva, check out her blog at anthropologist.wordpress.com. and buy her book, THE LOST LANGUAGE, out in bookstores.
also, check out what chachic has to say about the event at chachic’s book nook.