A BLOG ... OF SORTS
- May 13, 2010: I finished Tuvera's book a while back
and did enjoy it; it was interesting to see how the two children
evolved and became uniquely themselves (not a mirror image of their
parents). I look forward to the rest of the trilogy -- once the
last two books are written..
I just finished, as a change of
pace from all things Filipino, Aldous Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD.
Somehow missed it back in the 60s/70s. Amazing that the book was
written in 1932.
- I am reading Katrina Tuvera's THE JUPITER EFFECT
(Softcover; $14.25). Do
you remember Martial Law? Curfew? This
novel focuses on "martial law babies," who certainly do remember the
eventful, strange late '60s, '70s and '80s in the Philippines.
Only 60 pages
into the book, but it may be worth a read just for the memories ...
Plus, Ms Tuvera can write, and comes from a writing family -- her
mother is Kerima Polotan.
- We returned from a trip to the Philippines -- Metro Manila,
Baguio, Zambales and Tagaytay -- on February 23, 2010. Three
weeks of family, great food, good music, fun, and books. I
stopped by Solidaridad Book Shop in Ermita, one of my all time favorite
bookstores, for the first time in quite a while. We also visited
with the folks at Anvil Publishing Company, Giraffe Publishing, Ateneo
University Press, and National Book Store in East Fairview, Quezon
City. Please take a look at our New
Acquisitions. The book trade is alive and well in the
Philippines. There is a plan afoot to have a Philippine book
presence at the American Library Association Conference in Washington,
D.C. this June. Stay tuned.
- Aloha. We missed the
International Book Fair in Manila the past three years We still
recommend the Fair to all -- it is educational
and fun at the same time. We hope to attend the Fair in 2010.
- A Newsletter and/or a bibliography is forthcoming.
Our earlier efforts are now found in
- A paper that I wrote in 1976, THE
NEED FOR COMMUNITY LIBRARIES IN THE PHILIPPINES (PDF, 138 KB), was
Gina Alama, a surfer out of New York City by way of Davao City.
Mahalo, Gina. And do support your public library.
here for an elegy to one of the more influential people in my life.