Monday, July 30, 2007

Magazines: Off The Edge & Tell

IN THE AUGUST 2007 issue of Tell magazine, there’s an interview with the desperate housewife of Klang, Lydia Teh, author of Honk! If You’re Malaysian (MPH Publishing, 2007), by Adam Lee. Lydia has done it again! (Of course, the July issue had featured Tunku Halim and his new collection of stories, 44 Cemetery Road.) There’s also an interview with poet-dancer Sharanya Manivannan by Michelle Gunaselan. (Lydia’s Honk! will also be featured in the August issues of Female, Marie Claire and Parenthood magazines. She and her daughter will also be on the cover of Parenthood magazine.)

In the August 2007 issue of Off The Edge magazine, possibly the best English-language magazine in Malaysia right now, check out Jason Tan’s and Ingrid Leong’s exclusive interviews with Dato’ Hamid/Kam Raslan, author of Confessions of an Old Boy (Marshall Cavendish, 2007). And guess what? He’s on the cover of the magazine as well! Janet Tay also makes her literary début with her short story, “Transience.” Well done, Janet! Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns (Riverhead Books, 2007) is reviewed by Yasmin Yaacob. And a dose of humour from Amir Muhammad. (His book, Politicians Say the Darndest Things, is due out in September and is being serialised in Off The Edge, beginning in the August issue.) As always, there’s Farish A. Noor, Hishamuddin Rais and Patrick Teoh doing what they do best. I always enjoy reading Farish’s travel pieces and there is one in this issue: his travels in Istanbul, Turkey.


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