LOOK OUT for my interviews with Janice Y.K. Lee, author of The Piano Teacher (Viking/Harper Press, February 2009); Simon Robson, 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); Mo Zhi Hong, 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, 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, author of The Highest Tide and the forthcoming Border Songs (Alfred A. Knopf, June 2009); Alice Pung, author of the family memoir, Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me, and editor of the collection, Growing Up Asian in Australia; Shamini Flint, author of the brand-new Inspector Singh Investigates crime series; and Miguel Syjuco, winner of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize for the forthcoming novel, Ilustrado (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010).
TAN MAY LEE has interviewed Sydney-based Antony Loewenstein, 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 her interview with Tash Aw, author of The Harmony Silk Factory, who was recently in Kuala Lumpur on a book tour in conjunction with the publication of his second novel, Map of the Invisible World.
DEEPIKA SHETTY has also interviewed Vikas Swarup, best-selling author of Q&A (Slumdog Millionaire) and Six Suspects.
JANET TAY has interviewed Brian Leung, author of Lost Men and World Famous Love Acts; Yiyun Li, 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 the recent winner of the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book; and Nobel Prize-winner J.M. Coetzee, who has a new novel, Summertime (Harvill Secker/Random House), coming out in September 2009.
SHARON BAKAR has interviewed Hari Kunzru, author of My Revolutions, Transmission and The Impressionist.