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20 Books of Interest I Found at the 37th Manila International Book Fair

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I always tell my students that the first time I entered the UP Diliman Main Library was the moment I realized that a single human being cannot be a repository of all knowledge. The rows and rows of books cutting across fields of thought and knowledge elicits a humbling intellectual experience and a constant desire to acquire books as frequently as I can.

If you are looking for social science books, head to the right-most side of the SMX Convention Center. Most of the publishers on the social and other sciences can be found on this side.

If my experience is the same as yours, you are as excited as I am every time the Manila International Book Fair  is in town. Now on its 37th year, the experience of peering through its varied collection is always a pleasant experience. Thus, when I was asked to look for books for UPLB, I happily obliged. Below is a narration of my experience and some tips on how to navigate the expansive space of the fair.

If you are looking for social science books, head to the right-most side of the SMX Convention Center. Most of the publishers on the social and other sciences can be found on this side. The Book Dealers usually divide the books per category so you can look for books directly relating to your discipline. The usual divisions are Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, Political Science and History. Inter-disciplinary works are also thrown into the mix. Here is a list of the books I found noteworthy which you might also be interested in.
1. Non-Verbal Communication in Everyday Life
2. Classic Grounded Theory
3. The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment
4. The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Sociology
5. Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions and Issues
6. Religions in the Modern World
7. Sexual Deviance and Society
8. An Invitation to Environmental Sociology
9. Dealing with Complexity in Development Evaluation
10. Marriages, Families and Relationships
11. Women, Politics and Power
12. Social Neuroscience: Biological Approaches to Social Psychology
13. Planning World Cities
14. Population and Development
15. Key Concepts in Social Gerontology
16. Psychology of the Digital Age
17. Analyzing Qualitative Data in Psychology
18. What is Political Sociology
19. Development and the Politics of Human Rights
20. Power and Society: An Introduction to the Social Sciences
Of course, if you are interested in the kind of books I enumerated above you may need up to Php 2000 per book. There were also books of famous authors such as Habermas. Fullybooked is offering their little booklets on known philosophers and thinkers on a discount and National Book Store is packed with copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

When looking for the books you want to purchase (or want your library to purchase for you), note that some of the books may be misplaced. One publisher placed a book on sexual deviance in the criminology category so it might not be wise to look only in your discipline’s shelf and move on. It took me around 2 hours to get through all the social science books of the publishers on the right-side.

Be sure to also check out the University Presses (I saw UP, UST, Ateneo de Manila and Far Eastern University) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines’ Booth. The University Presses features their own books on a discount and the NHCP offers books on heroes and Philippine History. I even found an untranslated version of Morga‘s Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas annotated by Jose Rizal. If you are looking for primary sources for content analysis or scholarly works about the Philippines these booths will be your friends. I bought two books from Ateneo which cost me around Php 1050.

Note that some of the books may be misplaced. One publisher placed a book on sexual deviance in the criminology category so it might not be wise to look only in your discipline’s shelf and move on.

The left-most side is populated by religious publishers (Shepherd’s Voice, St. Paul’s and OMF Lit), publishers for Basic and Secondary Education and some graphic novels and (maybe) some erotika. On this side also are self-help books, maps and most interesting of all, Scientology publications.

Here are some final notes. The 37th International Manila Book Fair runs from September 14 to 18, 2016 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. I paid Php 20 for the entrance and make sure you get yourself stamped if you want to return inside. For a complete list of exhibitors, click this link and if you are interested in side events you can find them here.

Photo from MIBF Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/manilaintbookfair/

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