Friday, January 18, 2008

Peter Gordon, Man Asian Prize Executive Director

Here's an invitation from Sir Butch Dalisay, copied and pasted from his email. So who wants to go? I'm fixing my schedule so I can make it. Please let me know, so I can inform Sir Butch. PGS contributors and readers are all invited. Let's go, folks! This might well be worth all our whiles!

hi, kenneth! kumusta? was wondering if you could help me publicize (and better yet, if you could be there at) peter gordon's talk in UP next thursday. here's the official PR. it would be great if you could bring your PGS regulars along, or at least invite them. many thanks, and see you soon!


Man Asian Prize Exec Director to Meet with Local Writers Jan. 24

Peter Gordon, Executive Director of the Man Asian Literary Prize, will be in Manila on Thursday, January 24, to promote the prize among Filipino writers and to speak on “International Opportunities for Filipino Writers.” The UP Institute of Creative Writing is hosting his talk, which will be held that day at 2:30 pm at the AVR Room, 2nd floor, Rizal Hall (Faculty Center), UP Diliman.

The Man Asian—informally known as the “Asian Booker”—was established in 2006 and made its first award in 2007 for the best unpublished novel in English or English translation by an Asian. Filipino fictionist and UP professor Jose Dalisay Jr.’s novel Soledad’s Sister made the shortlist of the inaugural prize, which drew 243 entries from all over Asia. The deadline for the 2008 Man Asian is March 31.

Gordon will speak about the prize and on literary publishing in Asia in general. The UPICW is inviting all interested writers, translators, publishers, teachers, and students to attend the lecture-discussion, which will also feature Dr. Dalisay and fellow novelist and columnist Alfred “Krip” Yuson.

Peter Gordon is also a founder and former Director of the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival (held each March in Hong Kong), founder and editor of the Asian Review of Books, and publisher at Chameleon Press. He writes a weekly op-ed column in the Hong Kong daily The Standard and is chairman of the Russian Interest Group at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.


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