Zambo City hosts 'Books Zamboanga'


Books Zamboanga

This month, the National Book Development Board (NBDB) is partnering with independent publishing house Aklat Alamid and the Ateneo Center for Culture and the Arts of Ateneo de Zamboanga University in holding Books Zamboanga, a gathering of creators and advocates of books, reading, and literature from the Zamboanga Peninsula and other regions of Mindanao. It will be held from 27 to 29 July 2022 in Zamboanga City and will include a book fair, talks on creating and advocating literature, and a workshop on illustrating for children.

Books Zamboanga is one of NBDB’s programs that aim to encourage the production and promotion of original content from the regions of the Philippines. With the theme “Mirahan: Kitaan at Palitan ng mga Salaysay ng Paglikha at Pagtaguyod ng Panitikan sa Mindanao,” the event also celebrates Zamboanga City as a place for ‘mirahan’ (meeting in the Chavacano language) of different groups of people and the culture, beliefs, creations, ideas, and narratives they bring. The expected participants include writers, illustrators, translators, editors, publishers, librarians, teachers, and students.

The talks will focus on Mindanao culture and history, writing in the different literary forms, book publishing, and promoting books and literature. The featured speakers are creators, scholars, and advocates from different parts of Mindanao. Running parallel to the talks will be a workshop on illustrating books for children as part of the month-long celebration of National Children’s Book Day. There will also be a book fair that will showcase publications from Mindanao and other parts of the country.