As part of its 41st anniversary, the LIKHAAN: UP Institute of Creative Writing (ICW) will be holding the UP Writers Night celebration, a yearly gathering that pays homage to both the country’s established and up-and-coming writers. The grand homecoming will feature three major events, all taking place on November 22, 2019 at the new UP College of Fine Arts Building, University of Philippines Diliman.
The celebration will begin with the awarding ceremony for the 19th Madrigal-Gonzalez Best First Book Award (MGBFBA), to be held from 2:30-4:00 PM at the Plenary Hall. The finalists for this year are: Francis Paolo Quina for Field of Play and Other Fictions; Marichelle Roque-Lutz for Keeping It Together; Christine Lao for Musical Chairs; Manuel Lahoz for Of Tyrants and Martyrs; Jude Ortega for Seeker of Spirits; Sarah Lumba for The Shoemaker’s Daughter; Glenn Diaz for The Quiet Ones; and Johanna Marie Lim for What Distance Tells Us. The judges are Charlson Ong, Marne Kilates, and Rica Bolipata-Santos.
Registration is at 4:30 p.m.. This will be followed by the launch of Likhaan Journal 13, the annual journal of contemporary Philippine literature published by the UP ICW. This year’s issue editor is Vladimeir Gonzales.
The Writers Night Homecoming program will feature recollections by former ICW directors and workshop alumni, as well as special performances by Baihana, Bayang Barrios, and Plagpul. Books and zines from different publishers and individuals will also be sold at the event.
Admission is free and everyone is invited, with special limited edition items to be given away to our guests.
Friends from media are invited and encouraged to participate, and provide coverage, if possible. For more information about the event, please e-mail, [email protected] or check the Facebook event page.