Filipino American International Book Festival II – October 18, 19 & 20 at SF Main Library

Filipino American International Book Festival II

October 18, 19 & 20 at SF Main Library

In celebration of Filipino American History Month, San Francisco Public Library will be hosting the second, bi-annual Filipino American International Book Festival (FilBookfest II) at the SF Main Library, 100 Larkin St., on Oct. 18, 19& 20.

The theme of this year’s literary event is expressed in a layered title in Tagalog and English. It begins in Tagalog with “Likhâ ng Lahi” (literature of the people) and flows into the second part in English: “Writing Our Way Home: Shaping Tradition, History and Culture.”

Filipino American Book FestivalLike the successful Filbookfest I, held at the Main Library in 2011, Filbookfest II will showcase the richness of Philippine culture through books, the visual and culinary arts, and music. The three-day festival opens Oct. 18 with three film documentaries based on award-winning books written by prominent artists from the Philippines. Musician and writer Richie Quirino will screen his documentary about Filipino jazz based on his award-winning book Pinoy Jazz Traditions. Noted film historian, director and author Nick Deocampo will travel from Manila to present two of his documentaries, one on Spanish influences in early Philippine cinema and another on American influences based on his books that are highly regarded.

Oct. 19 and 20 will feature award-winning authors and artists from the Philippines and the U.S. including Evelina Galang, Criselda Yabes, Dean Francis Alfar, Jon Pineda and Claude Tayag. There also will be story-telling for children, plus workshops and lectures on a variety of topics including self-publishing, blogging, and endangered Philippine species. A panel on Carlos Bulosan, one of the most revered pioneers of Fil-Am literature, which feature professors Dawn Mabalon, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, and Dan Gonzales of San Francisco State University and authors Lou Syquia and Oscar Penaranda (moderator). The library events will close with a balagtasan, a poetic debate/joust that is unique to the Philippines and was a big hit in the 2011 book festival.

Throughout the festival, book sales and signings will be available.  Supporters of the festival include the University of San Francisco, Chevron, San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival, and FANHS. The festival is presented by the Filipino American Center of the San Francisco Public Library, in conjunction with Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) and the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco.

Find the complete schedule for FilBookFest II at www.sfpl.org/filbookfest

MEDIA CONTACT:  Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org

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