As an executive at the world’s biggest classics publisher, Filipina Elda Rotor has the chance to push for Filipino writers to be included in Penguin Classics ‘ esteemed list of authors.
With the 75-year history of Penguin Classics and 1,900 titles in its backlist, Rotor, who is its vice president and publisher, faces the daunting task of overseeing the publication of the world’s greatest literary works while ensuring that the roster remains diverse and relevant to the readers of today.
To date, the publishing giant already has five titles by Philippine literary greats in its esteemed roster: “Noli Me Tangere” by José Rizal and “El Filibusterismo ;” “Doveglion: Collected Poems” by José Garcia Villa ; “The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic” by Nick Joaquin ; and “America is in the Heart” by Carlos Bulosan.
She proudly communicated that the five Filipino classics are now needed books in both state and private American universities such as Howard University, Georgetown University, and the entire system of the University of California.
Given the popularity of social media, gadgets, apps, Rotor was asked if books will still be around in the future, and without batting an eyelash, she confidently responded that, indeed, books will be around for a long, long time.