Our Book Hunting Expedition post this Sunday is quite special as we are officially launching our bimonthly theme this May/June 2013: From Asia With Love – A Feast of Asian Literature!
This is also in solidarity with two major kidlit festivals happening this side of Asia: the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) in Singapore from 25-30 May 2013 and the Little Lit Festival organized by the National Book Development Board (Philippines) happening in Manila right after AFCC (30-31 May 2013).
I am privileged to be part of both conferences. Perfect time to explore Asian literature!
Moving Out and Book Finds
We have just recently moved houses. While our new place is only a few blocks away from our old one, I continue to be amazed at the accumulation of stuff collected over a period of five years. Naturally, I had to make sure that I move my books out first and that they are strategically located in our new place.
Our little car transformed into a veritable bookmobile.
Filled to overflowing.
I can hear our poor Picanto’s groan with the weight of all these books.
And there they are – stacked willy-nilly for the meanwhile.
Because of this, I was able to unearth a few books that I will be featuring for our bimonthly theme – yes, I went book hunting on my own bookshelves yet again!
I have gorgeous award-winning and internationally-recognized picture books from the Philippines that I am excited to feature. I also have the usual suspects: Mitsumasa Anno, Allen Say, Demi (among others). I have several books that I bought while I was in Mumbai two years back, and two gorgeous picture books from our featured storyteller, Naomi Kojima (watch out for our announcement soon).
Since I have been hearing so much rave about this book from people I respect (our featured Academic last year, Ninotchka Rosca, loves this book. So did Edward Gorey who had nothing but beautiful things to say about Lady Murasaki). And so I looked for it in our libraries, not realizing how massive it is. I have no illusions that I would finish the book in six weeks’ time, but it is good to have it in my shelves. Perhaps just breathing it in would give me inspiration.