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LOL: Lit Out Loud!

LOL: Lit Out Loud!
The 1st Manila International Literary Festival

In celebration of the 14th Philippine Book Development Month, the National Book Development Board, in partnership with the Filipinas Heritage Library, National Book Store and Philippine Airlines, will present the 1st Manila International Literary Festival.

In a three-day festival, LOL: Literature Out Loud will bring together a large community of writers and readers, students and teachers, as they face traditional and emerging concerns in literature. Together with local and international writers, publishing experts, teachers of literature, as well as followers of various genres of writing, the NBDB hopes to create a continuous dialogue on literature and reading.

Among the foreign writers who will attend the festival are Vikas Swarup, whose novel Q&A has been adapted into the Oscar award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire; Christopher Cheng, who has published critically acclaimed books of fiction and nonfiction for young adults and children; Andy Mulligan, author of young adult novel Trash; literary agents Mita Kapur (also the author of the F-Word) and Jayapriya Vasudevan; and David Parker, the chair of the Man Asian Literary Prize.

The festival will begin with a keynote speech from Jose Y. Dalisay Jr., award-winning novelist. The many local writers also joing us include National Artists for Literature Virgilio S. Almario and Bienvenido Lumbera, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Gemino H. Abad, Alfred Yuson, Resil Mojares, Marjorie Evasco, Ricky de Ungria, J. Neil Garcia, Isagani Cruz, Merlie Alunan, Criselda Yabes, Susan Lara, Angelo Lacuesta, Jr., Ralph Semino Galan, Tara FT Sering, and many more acclaimed Filipino writers will join the Festival.

Scheduled are several break-out sessions, with topics ranging from literary criticism to publishing will be discussed. The last afternoon of the festival will be dedicated to book and poetry readings, book signings, and book launches. Click on the image below to see the schedule.

LOL: Lit Out Loud! is also done in partnership with the Manila Bulletin, Filipinas Heritage Library, the Ayala Land, Inc., the Book Development Association of the Philippines, Central Books, Man Asian Literary Prize, Vibal Foundation, Random House, Simon and Schuster, and Siyahi Literary Agency.

To register, call 892-1801; for details, call 926-8238.

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