What’s on in October 2008
October 11, 2008 (Saturday)
Venue: Book Café, MPH Megastore 1 Utama, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Event: Marie Claire and MPH announces the start of their joint book club, Coffee & Conversation, this month at MPH Megastore 1 Utama. A monthly event, this reader’s circle will include discussions on hot favourites and books recently reviewed in Marie Claire. This month, the club will talk about Evening Is the Whole Day by Malaysia-born, France-based author Preeta Samarasan. The book charts life in postcolonial Malaysia and touches on the May 13, 1969, riots in lyrical language, and is gaining widespread interest on local and international fronts.
The event is limited to 15 people, so register now at the MPH Megastore 1 Utama Customer Service desk, call 03-7726 9003 or e-mail email@example.com.
October 14-19, 2008
Event: 2008 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Ubud, Bali
Authors: Segun Afolabi, Charlotte Bacon, John Berendt, Linda Christanty, Matthew Condon, Sadanand Dhume, Tishani Doshi, Camilla Gibb, Andrea Hirata, Jamie James, Dyah Merta, Moni Mohsin, Elizabeth Pisani, Alberto Ruy-Sánchez, Preeta Samarasan, Vikram Seth, Indra Sinha, Lisa St. Aubin de Terán, Bahaa Taher, Chiew-Siah Tei, Carrie Tiffany, Michael Vatikiotis, Tony Wheeler, Alexis Wright, Geling Yan, Lijia Zhang, etc.
October 24, 2008 (Friday)
TV Show: NTV7’s The Breakfast Show interview with Preeta Samarasan
October 25, 2008 (Saturday)
Venue: MPH Bangsar Village II, Bangsar Baru, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Event: The 15th instalment of the MPH Breakfast Club for Litbloggers will feature two Malaysian novelists: Preeta Samarasan and Chiew Siah-Tei. Preeta Samarasan is author of Evening Is the Whole Day. Samarasan—who was born and raised in Malaysia before moving to the United States to further her education and then to France where she now lives with her husband—recently won the Asian American Writer’s Workshop Short Story Award.
Chiew-Siah Tei is the author of Little Hut of Leaping Fishes.
Eric Forbes, senior editor at MPH Group Publishing, will introduce Samarasan and Tei while book editor Janet Tay will moderate the session. Food and refreshments will be served. All lovers of literature are welcome.
Venue: Seksan Design, No. 67 Jalan Tempinis Satu, Lucky Garden, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Event: readings@seksan with Preeta Samarasan, Chiew-Siah Tei & others
October 26, 2008 (Sunday)
Venue: MPH Book Café, MPH Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur
Event: The Lit Addicts Meet discusses Preeta Samarasan’s Evening Is The Whole Day; facilitator, S.H. Lim. The author will be present.
Participants will receive a coupon for a 25% discount off the book at MPH Mid Valley Megamall and will enjoy a complimentary cup of flavoured tea at the Book Café, courtesy of Coffex Coffee Sdn Bhd.
Venue: Borders@The Curve, Petaling Jaya
Event: Meet Preeta Samarasan as she talks about writing her first novel, Evening Is the Whole Day
October 28, 2008 (Tuesday)
Radio Show: On LiteFM, PK and Sara interview Preeta Samarasan
Preeta Samarasan’s photograph courtesy of Miriam Berkley