After a successful launch in 2014 featuring Amy Tan and Chang-Rae Lee amongst others, Raffles Makati and National Book Store present the Philippine Literary Festival 2015 headlined by bestselling and award-winning authors Matthew Quick and Meg Wolitzer from August 28 to 30 at the Raffles Makati. Admission is free for all events.
Xandra Ramos-Padilla, National Book Store Managing Director, shares, “We are honored to be working with Raffles Makati in hosting international authors and organizing the Philippine Literary Festival. The support from publishers, authors, panelists, and attendees for the festival last year was overwhelming. This year, the festival will have Matthew Quick, Meg Wolitzer, and the best Filipino writers and artists to share with us their stories. National Book Store is more engagedthan ever in giving readers a different reading experience by bringing their favorite authors closer to them which we have constantly been doing over the years. We hope that through this festival, more Filipinos will be encouraged and inspired to read and become our partners in building a stronger reading culture.”
“Raffles Makati continues the legacy of Raffles Hotels as being a haven for authors by supporting the literary arts. Famous writers like Somerset Maugham, Ernest Hemingway, Joseph Conrad, among other noteworthy authors have stayed at a Raffles hotel. We’ve partnered with National Book Store, the largest bookstore in the country, to come up with the Authors in Residence series where the hotel is the official residence for visiting international bestselling novelists on a monthly basis. The Authors in Residence program culminates with the Philippine Literary Festival. This year, the festival offers a diverse selection of activities that will appeal to all book lovers. We intend to make this event an annual affair to look forward to in the city,” says Monique Toda, Raffles and Fairmont MakatiDirector of Communications.
Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film. His other books include ‘The Good Luck of Right Now’ and ‘Love May Fail’, and the young adult novel ‘Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock’ all of which have been optioned for film. His works have been translated into 30 languages and received numerous accolades including a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. His upcoming book ‘Every Exquisite Thing’ will hit shelves in 2016 and is being developed into film by The Weinstein Company. The Matthew Quick talk and book signing event will be on August 30 at 2 p.m.
New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer is the woman behind thecritically acclaimed novels ‘The Interestings’, ‘The Wife’, ‘The Position’, ‘The Ten-Year Nap’, ‘The Uncoupling’, ‘Sleepwalking’, ‘Surrender, Dorothy’, ‘This is My Life’, and the young adult novels ‘Belzhar’ and ‘The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman’. The Meg Wolitzer talk and book signing will be on August 29 at 2 p.m.
Readers can attend three days of book signings, discussions and panels about books and literature from top Filipino writers and artists. Join authors MariviSoliven, Ambeth Ocampo, Lualhati Bautista, Dean Alfar, Angelo Lacuesta, Alfred Yuson, Jose Dalisay Jr., Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, and Danton Remoto among others for talks and book signings.
The events are made possible in partnership with Adarna House Publishing, ABS-CBN Publishing, Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan, Anvil Publishing, Ateneo De Manila University Press, Meganon Comics, Precious Pages, Romancing Venus, Summit Books, Tahanan Books, Team Magazine, The Manila Review, The University of the Philippines Press, University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, Visprint, Inc., Young Blood, Young Star, and Sweep.
All events will be held at the Raffles Makati with registration starting at 9 a.m. everyday. Admission is free. Only books purchased at National Book Store, National Book Store Express, and Powerbooks will be accommodated for the signing. Books by the authors will be available on site during the event. Sign up for updates and view the complete schedule at philippineliteraryfestival.com. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert). Tag #PLF2015 to join the discussion.
Raffles Makati, belonging to the iconic hotel brand, is a 32 all-suite hotel that caters to the refined sensibilities of the sophisticated business and leisure traveler. Its impressive interiors were done by renowned interior designer company Bent Severin which is a tasteful combination of old world elegance, modern furnishings and impressive art. In fact, over 1,600 pieces of paintings and sculptures are found within the property, all of which were created by local artists.
Guests of the Raffles Makati enjoy gracious and charming service amidst luxurious suites with high ceilings; views of the city from floor to ceiling windows; colonial era touches such as wooden floors and white louvers together with modern décor; and splendid marble bathrooms. There are three types of suites to choose from namely the Junior Suite, Executive Suite and the brilliant three-bedroom Presidential Suite—all offering the distinctive Raffles luxury experience.
For a feel of Raffles tradition, the Writers Bar offers Afternoon Tea in a parlor-like atmosphere surrounded by leather bound books. With its history of being the favorite haunt of notable authors, the Writers Bar is the venue of book launches and readings as well.
National Book Store, the undisputed category leader with over 170 stores nationwide, takes special pride in the institution’s role as a staunch supporter and promoter of education and reading. Serving as a partner in education and profession to generations of Filipinos, National Book Store continues to provide the best and widest selection of books, school and office supplies and other educational and professional products.