The Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (Nagmac) is set to host “What makes hit YA Lit: KM Levis on Young Adult Literature,” an author craft talk, book signing, and manuscripts critiquing with Cagayan de Oro-born and Sydney-based novelist KM Levis who authored bestselling speculative novels “The Girl Between Two Worlds” (2016) and its sequel “The Girl Between Light Dark” (2018), both released by publishing giant Anvil, this Dec. 15 at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan.
A freelance writer, author, and photographer for 15 years and counting, KM Levis (short for Kristyn Maslog-Levis) worked as journalist and editor and have been published in New York Times and Al Jazeera. She has worked as a TV reporter and producer for ABS-CBN in Dumaguete and finished her master’s degree in communications at Singapore through an Asean scholarship. She has also self-published two children’s book in the previous years. The first novel “The Girl Between Two Worlds” follows the adventures of Karina, the offspring of a Filipina mother and an Australian father, who upon her 16th birthday, discovers she’s also half-human, half-engkanto. Her mission is to protect Engkantasia, find her missing mother and navigate the confusing maze that is first love. The sequel “The Girl Between Light and Dark” continues Karina’s adventure as a heroine, a daughter, and a lover.
Levis is expected to talk to the writing fellows of the 3rd Veritas Writers Workshop, a collaboration of Nagmac and The Crusader Publication and to date, is the only university-based creative writing fellowship in Northern Mindanao. “The Girl Between Light and Dark” is set to be launched during Nagmac’s CDO Poetry Night: “panagbiya, panag-abot” at SM CDO Downtown Premier on the same day. The novel will be launched along with Nagmac’s flagship multilingual and indie publication, the Bulawan Literary Journal of Northern Mindanao’s Issue 5: “Departures and Destinations” which features travel-themed and Mindanao-set literary works written by established writers like poet Jaime An Lim, fictionist-playwright John Iremil Teodoro, essayist Wilfredo Pascual, and many other young writers from and outside Mindanao.
“What makes hit YA Lit: KM Levis on Young Adult Literature” is Nagmac’s second installment in its craft talk series to be delivered by local authors. (nagmac)