SAN FRANCISCO — Shelves and tables, stacked with kababayan-crafted works of the written words, were all for sale at the 4th Filipino American International Book Festival.
Display after display showcasing the latest and the greatest in Pinoy prose.
The weekend-long event at the San Francisco Main Public Library featured accomplished authors of every genre, meeting and greeting their fans, and stepping front and center for readings and talks.
New artists also introduced their work to curious readers.
“If you look at the marketplace, there’s so many people here buying books, and it’s so wonderful that we have, my God, over 30-35 authors here,” said Edwin Lozada. “Many of our Filipino American writers that we’ve published over the past 2, 2.5 years are here and that is so exciting.”
Organizer Edwin Lozada of the Philippine American Writers and Artists Inc. says FilBookFest offers a unique chance to celebrate our community’s word-smiths.
“Different generations of writers, different genres, and coming together to create, really, continue creating this legacy of Filipinos around the world in the arts.”
For shoppers like these, hungry for Fil-Am writing, they get their fil all weekend long at this buffet of Filipino literature.
“The very fact that there are so many people in this room, buying these books, just goes to show that we do want to hear these stories,” says Erika Pallasigue. “We do want to hear about our own history, and we do want to support those who do that work of writing these stories for us.”