40th Manila International Book Fair: Cultivating the love of reading with Thomasian authors

UST Publishing House authors showcase their works at the Manila International Book Festival. (Photo grabbed from Ralph Semino Galán's Facebook profile)

WITH OVER 100 exhibitors, the 40th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), held Sept. 11 to 15, became a venue for book-signing events, lectures, and exchange of ideas between writers and readers.

The UST Publishing House (USTPH) and Visprint Inc. showcased titles by Thomasian writers, some of them sold at discounted prices.

USTPH authors launched new titles. Prof. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, head of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, launched her new book titled “Collected Stories & Tales,” a compendium of some of her best short stories.

Also launched were “City Stories” by Angelo Lacuesta, “Eros Redux” by Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, and “Si Janus Silang at ang Hiwagang May Dalawang Mukha” by Edgar Calabia Samar.

Other books featured were John Jack Wigley’s “Hantong: Mga Kuwento,” Dawn Laurente Marfil’s “Looking for Polaris,” Eros Atalia’s “Taguan-Pung: Koleksyon ng Dagling Kathang Di Pambata” at “Manwal ng Mga Napapagal: Kopi Teybol Dedbol Buk,” Joselito de los Reyes’s “Finding Teo,” Chuckberry Pascual’s “Ang Tagalabas ng Panitikan,” Beverly Siy’s “Nuno sa Puso” and Augusto Aguila’s “Carnival of Hate.”

The book fair expanded to two floors of the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay, just like last year.

Organized by PrimeTrade Asia, Inc., MIBF also hosted the 13 Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards.

New UST titles debut in annual book fair


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