This is supposed to be the last Filipino Friday for this year. Is it? I cannot answer, really, but I am sure of this: the 3rd Filipino Reader Conference is rescheduled on December 7 because of a super typhoon. I don’t know about the rest of the world, but we are so used to meeting natural calamities that our spirit, at least my spirit, is taking this typhoon calmly and with hope in my heart. So keep calm and join a meme, you guys!
We need to do a recount, so instead of one more sleep, we have 32 more sleeps left before this big bookish event. And oh, here’s this week’s topic :
What do readers want? What’s your favorite genre/reading material? Who is your favorite author (local or foreign)? What kinds of books would you like to see more of from local authors or publishers? What is your favorite book from a Filipino author?
What do readers want? – Books! Silly answer, I know. Or is this even one of the questions?
What’s your favorite genre/reading material? – I like “literary” fiction and contemporary classics (20th century?). And some 19th century classics.
Digression: I want to avoid labeling something as “literary” fiction because I don’t want to sound high-and-mighty. I switched to calling such books as general adult fiction, but this is too general. I went back to “literary” for lack of a better word.
Who is your favorite author (local or foreign)? – My favorites are Jessica Zafra (local) and David Mitchell (foreign). And Jose Saramago, Marilynne Robinson, and Raymond Carver (all foreign).
What kinds of books would you like to see more of from local authors or publishers? – I’d like to see more books from my favorite genre.
What is your favorite book from a Filipino author? – Jessica Zafra’s Twisted series and her collection of short stories, Manananggal Terrorizes Manila. A college friend lent me his copy of the latter. No, I actually read it when he invited me for a sleepover at their house. I saw the book and I just read it. I’d like to think that Zafra’s stories and essays have a big influence on how I write and on how I pick my books. If you really want to know, I once made a rough list of the books and movies that she reviewed.
Wish List: I’d like to meet her on a future FilReaderCon. Yes, I’ve seen her when she invited her readers to her blog’s anniversary (5th?) and I’m going to see her soon for a writing workshop. For readers who aren’t connected with me on Facebook, yes, I got a slot at her first intensive writing workshop, and I’m all nerves about it. Orientation is this month and the boot camp kicks off in January. So that means I have to write my arse off and stop mooning about.
I digress. Yes, I am curious to see her do a panel on something.