Saturday, March 21, 2009

A Pinoy Writer In London

Here's an article from abs-cbnnews.com: Pinoy Writer Whets Appetite Of Literary Fans In London. An excerpt:

Two charities collaborated to introduce to literary enthusiasts a young Filipino writer whose debut novel bagged prestigious awards in the Philippines.

Asia House and Philippine Generations organized a book launch for 33-year-old Miguel Syjuco in Marylebone, London last March 11 that drew a crowd of curious literary aficionado.

Syjuco’s semi-autobiographical book called "Illustrado" was the highlight of the event, which was part of Asia House’s upcoming Festival of Asian Literature.

Syjuco won the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize and a Palanca award for the book, a mystery thriller conveying a socio-political message that spans across 150 years of Philippine history.

The story, told in fragments, begins with the discovery of a dead body in New York’s Hudson River belonging to veteran Pinoy writer Crispin Salvador. His protégé, Miguel, then embarks on a journey to the Philippines to unearth the truth behind his mentor’s death and the disappearance of a manuscript exposing corruption within rich Filipino families.

The book will be published next year.

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