Tash Aw in Kuala Lumpur
Tash Aw will be making appearances at various bookshops in Kuala Lumpur on June 4-8, 2009, in conjunction with the much-awaited publication of his second novel, Map of the Invisible World (HarperCollins India, April 2009/Fourth Estate, May 2009), a story set during the turbulent year of living dangerously in postcolonial Indonesia. Aw is of course the 2005 Man Booker Prize-longlisted author of The Harmony Silk Factory, which won the 2005 Whitbread Prize for First Novel and the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize for First Novel (Southeast Asia and South Pacific region).
2009 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival
The following authors have confirmed their attendance at the 2009 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival on October 7-11, 2009: Usha Akella, Asitha Ameresekere, Uwem Akpan, Fatima Bhutto, Michelle Cahill, Tom Cho, J.M. Coetzee, Gamal Al Ghitany, David Godwin, Kate Grenville, Mohammed Hanif, Riaz Hassan, Ed Husain, Hari Kunzru, Alison Lester, Antony Loewenstein, Bejan Matur, James McBride, Mo Zhi Hong, Omar Musa, Wena Poon, Alice Pung, Thando Sibanda, Thant Myint-U, Wole Soyinka, Vikas Swarup, Jeet Thayil and Abdourahman Waberi. More updates to come!
2009 Singapore Writers Festival
The Singapore Writers Festival (SWF), Singapore’s only major literary event and one of the few literary festivals in Asia that is multilingual, will be held between October 24 and November 1, 2009. The Singapore Writers Festival is co-organised by the National Arts Council (NAC) and The Arts House. Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation are also the official sponsors of the festival, which is held every two years. Meet the following authors at the 2009 SWF: John Boyne, Shamini Flint, Catherine Lim, Mohamad Haji Salleh, Mohammed Hanif, O Thiam Chin, Wena Poon, Qiu Xiaolong, Naldo Rei, Miguel Syjuco, Edwin Thumboo, Jeanette Winterson, Wong Phui Nam and Taichi Yamada. More updates to come!
Special Issues of Quill Magazine
Look out for special issues of Quill magazine for the 2009 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and the 2009 Singapore Writers Festival!