Independent bookstores join celebration of literature

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In celebration of the National Literature Month 2016, National Book Development Board, in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), spearheads the Pinoy Bookstore Tour slated for April 8 to 10.

In its pilot run, the bookstore tour will feature six independent bookstores within and north of Metro Manila. Chosen for their feature of excellent books by Filipino authors and publishers, the following bookstores identified for the tour are La Solidaridad Bookshop (Manila), Artbooks.ph (Mandaluyong City), Uno Morato (Quezon City), Pandayan Bookshop (Bulacan), Orchids Bookstore (San Fernando, Pampanga), and Mt. Cloud Bookshop (Baguio City).

Each stop will feature the bookshop as a community hub and the place as a tourist destination. Books that won in the 34th National Book Awards (NBA) will be showcased as must read Pinoy books. Readings, writing workshops, cultural performances, and book signings will be held. Among the literary figures who will be part of the program are fictionist and young adult writer Nikki Alfar; humor writers Joselito delos Reyes and Bebang Siy; and graphic novel artists Gerry Alanguilan, Mervin Malonzo, and Manix Abrera.

The common activity in all stops is the “Freedom Storytelling.” A board will brought to each bookstore where guests and visitors are invited to add to the story started by a first line/sentence written by NBDB. Each guest/visitor gets to contribute one line/sentence to the story. The board gets to tour with NBDB to the chosen independent bookstores, beginning at the first bookstore in Metro Manila and ending at Mt. Cloud in Baguio.


Reservations for tour passengers will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration fee is P1,000, inclusive of tour kits. For online registration, e-mail at debbie@nbdb.gov.ph with the subject line “Sign me up for Bookstore Tour” and provide the following information: full name, affiliation, and contact numbers. Apart from the passengers, the public is invited to attend the events at the bookstore stops for free.

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