NBDB's Little Lit Festival

I wanted to take this moment to invite readers and bloggers from the Philippines to the Little Lit Festival. Here's the deets:

On May 30-31, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) will organize the first NBDB's Little Lit Fest at the Museo Pambata, an international gathering of content creators and producers with parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone interested in quality books for children.

NBDB spearheads this festival, the first of its kind in the Philippines, to respond to a growing market demand for new and exciting content for children and young adult readers. We have invited international authors and editors coming from diverse cultural backgrounds to join Philippine authors in conversations about literature and the writing craft.

The two-day festival, which will be held at the Museo Pambata at Roxas Boulevard cor. South Drive, Manila, hopes to attract book and literature enthusiasts, teachers, students, librarians, publishers, and authors from all over the country. It will also include panel discussions, workshops, a book and craft fair, exhibits, and performances.

Speaking of panel discussions, I'm a part of one! Here's the deets for that:

Date & Time
31 May 2013,

Environment Room
The reading and writing life
YA writers will meet with teachers and parents to talk about the importance of reading and their creative processes.

I will be joined by:

MINA V. ESGUERRA writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novella Fairy Tale Fail won the 2012 Filipino Readers' Choice award for Chick Lit. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas (, she documents her experiments in e-publishing. When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series "Author at Once" for writers and publishers, and she currently runs a free online Contemporary Romance Novella writing class on Facebook.  


FLOR MARIE STA. ROMANA-CRUZ is a freelance journalist, educator, book reviewer, children's book writer, and Chair of the National Book Development Board. She was a longstanding faculty member of International School Manila until her retirement. She was former chair of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People.  She continues to be a reading advocate today as trustee and trainer of the Teach for the Philippines Foundation (formerly the Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation) and the Department of Education's Library Hub which dreams of building a nation through reading promotion programs in public schools. She writes a column on literacy and education for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and writes occasional reviews.

I hope you can come! It's gonna be really fun.

On the same day, I will have a table at the Exhibition and will be selling copies of Taste and Reaping Me Softly. If you'd like to meet me in person and have me sign your books, I will be at the festival by 1pm. I have amazing swag to giveaway at my table, so please be sure to come and visit with me. Say a quick hello. Let's take pictures. Grab a book or two.

See you there!

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