Last week was a bit… distracting, for those of us here in Manila, but I’d like to remind everyone that United We Read, the second Filipino ReaderCon, (an event for all Filipino readers, book bloggers, book club members, publishers and educators who have a passion for books and reading) will be taking place this Saturday, at the Filipinas Heritage Library, from 8-6PM. I’ll be there to facilitate one of the panels, and likely to be your master of ceremonies as well. You can pre-register at this page. Still undecided? Here’s the event program for you to check out (click to see full sized):
And here’s a press release:
READERS UNITE FOR THE 2ND FILIPINO READER CONVENTION
Reading advocates, in partnership with the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) and National Book Development Board (NBDB), bring you United We Read: the 2nd Filipino Reader Conference on 18 August 2012, Saturday, 8:00am at the Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati City.
Organized by readers for readers, the convention aims to bring together Filipino readers and book lovers, book bloggers, book clubs, authors, publishers, and educators who are passionate about books and reading, promoting interaction between local readers, writers, and publishers.
United We Read will feature panel discussions on Reading Everwhere: Scanning the Reading Environment, book blogging ethics, publishers’ perspectives on readers, school reading programs that work, and authors as readers. Speakers for the one-day event include publishing industry veterans such as Maru de Castro (Pandora’s Books), Feliz Perez (Mt. Cloud Bookshop), Zarah Gagatiga (Philippine Board on Books for Young People), Nida Ramirez (Visprint), Aleks Tan (OMF Literature), and Gwen Galvez (Anvil Publishing). Book bloggers Kai Agito (Amaterasu Reads), Blooey Singson (Bookmarked!), and Jaime Salazar (Random Salt) round up the morning sessions.
In the afternoon, authors Manix Abrera, Mina V. Esguerra, Jun Balde, Budjette Tan, Bebang Siy, and Dean Alfar will be on hand for discussion, followed by book discussions that will be hosted by local book clubs Flips Flipping Pages, The Mysterious Reading Society, De La Salle Literature Circle, and The Filipino Goodreads Group.
The conference will also host the awarding of the 1st Filipino Reader’s Choice Awards. An initiative of the Filipino Book Bloggers (http://filipinobookbloggers.wordpress.com), the awards seeks to engage the Filipino reading public in honouring their favourite Philippine-published titles. Book nominees eligible for the award are titles which were published locally from January 2010 until December 2011.
Scholastic Philippines, Lampara Books, McDonald’s Philippines, Flipreads, Anvil Publishing, Inc, Hachette Philippines, Amici Philippines, OMF Literature, Inc, and Adarna House are proud sponsors of this event.
Everyone is invited to join. Registration fee is P150.00, inclusive of snacks and a certificate of attendance. For more details, visit the Filipino Readercon website at http://filipinoreadercon.wordpress.com or the Filipinas Heritage Library website (http://www.filipinaslibrary.org.ph). You can also call the Filipinas Heritage Library at 892-1801 (look for Verne), send an SMS to 0917-5612413, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsors of the 2nd Filipino Readercon: