MY INTERVIEWS with Janice Y.K. Lee, the author of The Piano Teacher (Viking/Harper Press, February 2009); Josh Weil, the author of The New Valley (Grove/Atlantic, June 2009), a triptych of novellas; Simon Robson, the author of The Separate Heart and Other Stories (Jonathan Cape, 2007), a collection of ten stories that was shortlisted for the 2007 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and a forthcoming novel, The Observatory by Daylight (Jonathan Cape, 2010); Siew Siang Tay, whose first novel, Handpicked, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in April 2009; Mo Zhi Hong, the author of The Year of the Shanghai Shark (Penguin New Zealand, 2008), which recently won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Southeast Asia & South Pacific); Lau Siew Mei, author of Playing Madame Mao and The Dispeller of Worries (Marshall Cavendish, March 2009); Charlotte Bacon, the author of the novel, Split Estate (Picador USA, 2008), and a story collection, A Private State, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction in 1997; Jim Lynch, the author of the The Highest Tide and the forthcoming Border Songs (Alfred A. Knopf, June 2009); Alice Pung, the author of the memoir, Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me, and editor of the collection, Growing Up Asian in Australia; Paul Yoon, whose first collection of stories was published by Sarabande Books in April 2009; and Shamini Flint, the author of the brand-new Inspector Singh Investigates crime series.
TAN MAY LEE will be interviewing Sarah Butler and Jeremy Sheldon, the author of The Comfort Zone (Jonathan Cape/Vintage, 2002) and The Smiling Affair (Jonathan Cape/Vintage, 2005), and Sydney-based Antony Loewenstein, the author of the best-selling book, My Israel Question, a controversial discussion of one of the most important issues of our time, as well as The Blogging Revolution, a searching examination of the ways the internet is threatening the rule of some of the planet’s most repressive governments. Also Michelle Cahill, Alison Lester, Antony Loewenstein and Omar Musa.
DEEPIKA SHETTY has also interviewed Vikas Swarup, the best-selling author of Q&A (Slumdog Millionaire) and Six Suspects.
JANET TAY will be interviewing Brian Leung, the author of Lost Men and World Famous Love Acts; Yiyun Li, the author of the prize-winning A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and The Vagrants (Random House/Fourth Estate, 2009); Mohammed Hanif, the Man Booker Prize-longlisted author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes (Jonathan Cape/Random House, 2008); and Nobel Prize-winner J.M. Coetzee, who has a new novel, Summertime (Harvill Secker/Random House), coming out in September 2009.