Photo courtesy of Jason
Last Saturday, December 18, I attended the meet up with Filipino author Marianne Villanueva, organized by Paolo. When Pao initially told me about this thing, I told him that I haven’t read any of her books but that I think it’s always good to meet authors in person. Good thing Marianne brought copies of The Lost Language and she was kind enough to sign them for us. It was a very casual get together, just a bunch of passionate readers and writers, hanging out at Libreria. I can’t even remember all of the things we talked about but off the top of my head, some of the topics we tackled were: Filipino American writers and how most of their work have a common theme, reactions of foreigners to Marianne’s work, updates on what she’s currently working on, reader-author interaction and how that affects the review process, translating foreign books to local dialects, local books and why most of them are collections of short stories instead of full-length novels. I’m sure there’s more but as always, I didn’t take any notes so I can’t remember all of them. Just that I had fun and it felt like we didn’t have enough time to talk about everything that we wanted to discuss. 🙂
Thanks again, Pao (check out his post about it here) for organizing this and of course, Triccie for letting us meet in Libreria. Jason has written his own account of the meet up and Marianne wrote a follow-up post about it, where she answered some of Michelle’s questions.