Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen’s God Wife author Amy Tan will be in town on October 22, 2014 to grace this year’s Philippine Literary Festival. The yearly gathering of writers, publishers, and other members of the local literary community will be held from October 23 to 25, 2014 in Raffles Makati.

In her Facebook account posted on October 6, Tan shared the good news to her followers: “Going to the Philippines October 22! It will be great to see the readers of my books — as well as author Chang-rae Lee, whom I much admire.

“After the Philippines, I’ll do a stopover in Hong Kong. The student pro-democracy demonstration is dwindling in numbers and may be over by the time I arrive. But I’ll be able to talk to some of the locals to learn how they feel about China’s plans to vet candidates for office, beginning in 2017. In Hong Kong, I’ll also have a chance to see some friends and my goddaughter, Iris Crampton, who speaks English, French, Vietnamese, and Chinese, and is now six!”

Amy Tan

The American writer of Chinese descent caught the attention of the public through her bestselling book Joy Luck Club that was turned into a movie in 1993. Other bestselling novels penned by Tan include The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, and Saving Fish from Drowning.

Tan is scheduled to give a talk on October 24, Friday, at Ballroom 2 of Raffles Makati from 1:30 to 3pm with Jessica Zafra as host. On, October 25, Saturday, also at Ballroom 2, Tan will have a book signing session from 2 to 5pm.

Chang Rae-Lee

Another prominent international author who will be joining the festival is Chang Rae-Lee, an American-Korean novelist who is also a professor of creative writing at Princeton University. Lee is the author of Native Speaker, which garnered numerous awards including the Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the American Book Award. He was hailed as one of the 20 best American writers by The New Yorker magazine for his second novel A Gesture Life. His novel Aloft, earned him the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the Adult Fiction category in 2006. On Such a Full Sea is Lee’s latest novel.

On October 25, Saturday, from 9 to 12pm. Lee will be giving a talk and book signing session at Ballroom 2 of Raffles Makati. Hosting the event is Danton Remoto.

Both Zafra and Remoto are columnists of InterAksyon, the news portal of TV5.

All events will be held at the Raffles Makati with registration starting at 8am everyday. Admission is free. Only books purchased at the Philippine Literary Festival will be entitled to signing passes for Amy Tan and Chang-Rae Lee.

Organizer National Book Store encourages visitors to sign up for updates and view the complete schedule at Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for updates on the latest events, promos and contests. Tag #PLF2014 to join the discussion.


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