Thursday, March 01, 2007

The 2nd MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers at MPH Bangsar Village II


THE 2nd MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers meet is on Saturday, March 24, 2007 (the 4th Saturday of the month), at MPH Bangsar Village II in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 11.00a.m.-12.30p.m. Guests include short-story writer Xeus, the author of Dark City (Midnight Press, 2006), and the desperate housewife of Klang Lydia Teh, the author of Honk! If You’re Malaysian (MPH Publishing, 2007) and Life’s Like That (Pelanduk Publications, 2004). Both are writers who are also avid bloggers.

Xeus will be talking about her experience writing and publishing her first collection of short stories, Dark City. Kuala Lumpur-born Xeus will also talk about her latest collection of stories which is actually an anthology of stories written by several writers which she is compiling and editing. Xeus will be introduced by Eric Forbes.

Lydia Teh will read some of her anecdotes from her latest book, Honk! If You’re Malaysian and the road to getting published. Klang-born Lydia will be introduced by Kenny Mah.


THE 3rd MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers on Saturday, April 28, 2007, will feature Kuala Lumpur-based journalist Dina Zaman, whose new book, I Am Muslim (Silverfish Books, 2007), a collection of essays, will be published by Silverfish Books in March 2007; Farish A. Noor, the author of such Malaysian bookstore staples as The Other Malaysia (Silverfish Books, 2003) and From Majapahit to Putrajaya (Silverfish Books, 2005); and Larry Parr, the writer of Tan Chin Nam: Never Say I Assume! (MPH Publishing, 2006), an autobiography of one of Malaysia’s leading captains of industry. Dina Zaman will be introduced by Sharon Bakar. Farish A. Noor and Larry Parr will be introduced by Eric Forbes.

THE 4th MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers on Saturday, May 26, 2007, will feature Malaysian Flavours (Pelanduk Publications, 1996) author Lee Su Kim, whose new book, A Nyonya in Texas: Insights of a Straits Chinese Woman in the Lone Star State (Marshall Cavendish, 2007), was published by Marshall Cavendish at the tail-end of 2006, and David Byck, the author of It’s a Long Way to the Floor (Johnathan Styles, 2006). David will be sharing with us how practising yoga regularly has positively changed him physically, mentally and spiritually. He will also speak about how he started writing about yoga and read some extracts from his book. Both writers are not bloggers. Lydia Teh will be introducing Lee Su Kim, while David Byck will be introduced by Eric Forbes.

THE 5th MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers on Saturday, June 23, 2007, will feature Zhang Su Li, an award-winning copywriter who has just come out with her first travel book called A Backpack and a Bit of Luck (Marshall Cavendish, 2007), and Adeline Loh, whose first book, Peeing in the Bush: The Misadventures of Two Asian Girls in Zambia (MPH Publishing, July 2007), also a travel narrative, is being edited at the moment. Zhang Su Li will be introduced by Sharon Bakar while Adeline Loh will be introduced by Eric Forbes.

THE 6th MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers on Saturday, July 28, 2007, will feature Tinling Choong, whose début novel, FireWife, was published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday on January 23, 2007. Born and bred in Penang, Malaysia, Tinling is working towards her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University. “FireWife,” according to Tinling, “is a story of plight and hope, escape and desire, offering vignettes in the lives of eight Asian women: a photographer, six women she photographs, and a girl travelling in between lives.” In January 2007, FireWife was nominated for the Henry Miller Award for the best literary sex scene published in the English language. And yes, she is a blogger.

MPH Bangsar Village II is at Lot 2F-1 (2nd Floor), Bangsar Village II, No. 2, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 603-2287 3600


Anonymous Kenny Mah said...

Looks like a great year ahead for LitBloggers and book lovers! :)

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 5:20:00 AM  
Blogger Xeus said...

Cool poster from Kenny huh?

Anyway, Eric, do you want me to talk about the common mistakes I find in editing new writers' works? And how they can be corrected?

I can even bring my computer to read out certain mistakes. (Hopefully, the writer isn't there, so I have to really scan the crowd first! If there is a crowd!)

Friday, March 02, 2007 1:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Kenny Mah said...

Just a question, Eric --- is Dina the only author for April? I got a great idea for that month's poster, very agitpop, which suits her writing, but may not fit another featured author as well.

Do let me know ya.

That would definitely be educational for us new/aspiring writers! :D

Friday, March 02, 2007 3:00:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Lynette - Talk a little bit about your first book, then talk about your new anthology and the experience of editing the stories of others. Yes, highlight the common mistakes that writers commit when writing short stories. Your computer will be helpful.

Kenny - Dina is the only author at the moment but I am still scouting for another writer. Any suggestions?

Friday, March 02, 2007 3:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Kenny Mah said...

I'd go with Farish A. Noor. Not only is he a good writer, but together with Dina, they will give a very interesting perspective into writing about politics and religion in contemporary Malaysia. This would be my dream team.

That, and I won't have to rework my idea for the poster too much if you end up getting a writer whose writing is a world away from Dina's. :P

Friday, March 02, 2007 3:51:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Yes - Farish A. Noor would be excellent. We have contacted him but there is no confirmation I am afraid.

Friday, March 02, 2007 3:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Kenny Mah said...

Keeping my fingers crossed, then. :)

P.S. Thanks for reading my proposal and passing it on to Janet. She's been giving much encouragement and I'm taking her advice to rework some of the stories. You guys rock! :D

Friday, March 02, 2007 4:05:00 AM  
Blogger Xeus said...

OK, Eric, I will bring it.

Kenny, thanks for the poster :) Anyway, for one of the usual humorous stories I write, check out today's Star under Eudora Lin. Told you I can be light as well?:) (Started off as a humour writer 12 years ago actually).

Friday, March 02, 2007 7:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Eric,
Can any one attend these events? I mean I dont write or blog, but i do read quite a bit. I love books.
Also, it sounds rather daunting to me. It's like everybody knows each other.

Thursday, March 22, 2007 7:54:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

You don't have to be a writer or blogger to attend these events. All are welcome. The more the merrier, I always believe that. I look forward to meeting you.

Thursday, March 22, 2007 2:39:00 PM  

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