Don't miss these events in the 1st Iloilo Mega Book Festival on November 8-11

This November 8-11, 2018 is the 1st Iloilo Mega Book Festival.  This event's goal is to promote reading among Ilonggos and the rich local literature. I will also be joining as one of the writers with my own zine to sell. For more information on the program of the even, check out my previous blog post:

There are many varied activities and these are things you can do in the Book Fair:

See the Book Exhibit
There will be a West Visayan Book Fair showcasing 100 books by West Visayas and Ilonggo authors. There will be an exhibit of historical and contemporary literature. I am excited about this one, I am aware of Ilonggo authors but I haven't read much of their works.

Buy books
There will be books for sale, so don't miss it. It is difficult to get hold of local books, and most of them have limited print runs. You might find something you like by local authors.

See the Book Launching of new books by Kasingkasing Press
There will be a Book Launching and signing of new books by Kasingkasing Press, a local publisher specializing in literature by local artists and writers. These are the books to be launched:
Salamangka Artbook by Daniel Ledesma Tinagan
Food for the Crows by Aurelio Rico Lopez III
Creepy Ilonggo by Carlo Anton S. Borromeo

Listen to the free talks
Writers will have talks on various topics for free:
Nov. 8, 2PM: LitTalk1: The State of Western Visayas Literature Book Publishing by Alex C. Delos Santos of Datu Lubay Center, Inc.

Nov. 10: Queer Shipping: What Makes Queer Fanfiction Attractive to Millenials by Ms. Katte Vergara, Writer
How and Why Start a Business: Guide for Startup Entrepreneurs
Ms. Christina Estorque, Book Latte

There will also be Panel talks by various authors such as "Contemporary West Visayan Literature: Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, and Akeanon" on Nov. 10 2PM, and "Literary Queer Talks and Identities with Emerging West Visayan Writers" on Nov. 10 2:30PM.

Attend the classes on art and writing
There are also various paid classes by local artists and writers. (for more information about the artists and registration, please refer to this Facebook post)

Listen to spoken poetry at Poetika or read your works
Poetika: an evening of poetry and other expressions will be held during the Zinefest at November 10, 6PM.

Join the Book Trade
If you have your own pre-loved books to sell, you can join the Book Trade.

Join the Book Swap
If you have books you'd like to exchange for different ones, you may find new books in the Book Swap. For each book you give for exchange, you will have a ticket for one book to choose from all the books available. I attended a previous Book Swap in Book Latte and got great books.

Join the Zinefest
Click the poster for more details :)

The Iloilo Zinefest 5 will be on November 10-11 in Festive Walk Mall. Writers and artists will sell their self-published works or 'zines'. "A zine – derived from magazine – is an independently self-published, small-circulation booklet, often created by a single person. They are also often “xeroxed” or photocopied folios or chapbooks." Over 200 artists and writers will sell their zines on this event.

I am also one of the writers selling my works and these are what I'm selling:

Pleiades upon the stones and others tales is my zine last year and for this year, I added one story and made a different, simpler cover. It has 5 short stories.

Atlantis: stories and poetry is my new zine, with four short stories and five poems. For more information on my zine, you can check out my posts on Instagram. I'm selling them for 50 pesos each and they might be available for order online but that depends on how many copies are left. See you on November 10-11 in the Zinefest! We might also have "Poetry in the Moment" again, where you can buy poems - give us a topic, and we'll write something for you! This was the unexpected hit last year. Me and Charlyn Mateo will be there again.

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