Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers at MPH Bangsar Village II


THE INAUGURAL MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers meet is on Saturday, February 24, 2007 (the 4th Saturday of the month), at MPH Bangsar Village II in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 11.00a.m.-12.30p.m. Guests include London-based Yang-May Ooi, the author of The Flame Tree (Hodder & Stoughton, 1998) and Mindgame (Hodder & Stoughton, 2000), and the multi-talented Sharanya Manivannan, an up-and-coming poet who is working on her first novel, Constellation of Scars, as well as a full-length collection of poems, Iyari. Both writers are avid bloggers.

Yang-May Ooi will talk about her experience of publishing her novels in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands and how blogging has helped her in her writing. Kuala Lumpur-born Ooi will also talk about her latest novel-in-progress, Tianming Traviata, an off-beat family story told in the first person by a feisty old lady. Yang-May Ooi will be introduced by Sharon Bakar.

Sharanya Manivannan will read some of her poems from her chapbook, Iyari, and her novel-in-progress, Constellation of Scars. India-born Sharanya Manivannan will be introduced by Eric Forbes.


THE 2ND MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers on Saturday, March 24, 2007, will feature Xeus, author of Dark City (Midnight Press, 2006), and Lydia Teh, author of Honk! If You’re Malaysian (MPH Publishing, 2007) and Life’s Like That (Pelanduk Publications, 2004). Both writers are avid bloggers.

THE 3RD MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers on Saturday, April 28, 2007, will feature Kuala Lumpur-based journalist Dina Zaman, whose new book, I Am Muslim (Silverfish Books, 2007), will be published by Silverfish Books in late March 2007. Dina is a blogger.

THE 4TH MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers on Saturday, May 26, 2007, will feature Malaysian Flavours (Pelanduk Publications, 1996) author Lee Su Kim, whose new book, A Nyonya in Texas: Insights of a Straits Chinese Woman in the Lone Star State (Marshall Cavendish, 2007), was published by Marshall Cavendish in early 2007, and David Byck, the author of It’s a Long Way to the Floor (Johnathan Styles, 2006). Both are writers who do not blog.

THE 5TH MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers on Saturday, June 23, 2007, will feature Zhang Su Li, an award-winning copywriter who has just come out with her first travel book called A Backpack and a Bit of Luck (Marshall Cavendish, 2007), and Adeline Loh, whose first book, Peeing in the Bush: The Misadventures of Two Asian Girls in Zambia (MPH Publishing, July 2007), also a travel narrative, is being edited at the moment. Zhang Su Li will be introduced by Sharon Bakar while Adeline Loh will be introduced by Eric Forbes.

THE 6TH MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers on Saturday, July 28, 2007, will feature Penang-born Tinling Choong, whose début novel, FireWife (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2007), was published on January 23, 2007. Tinling lives in Randolph, Vermont, U.S. She is a blogger.

In January 2007, FireWife was nominated for the Henry Miller Award for the best literary sex scene published in the English language. Congratulations, Tinling!

MPH Bangsar Village II is at Lot 2F-1 (2nd Floor), Bangsar Village II, No. 2 Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 603-2287 3600


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric - I thought I should clarify that my novels haven't been published in the United States. Only UK and the Netherlands.

Looking forward to seeing you in Feb.

Friday, January 19, 2007 6:02:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Yang-May - Thanks for the clarification. Everyone here is looking forward to meeting you in February. Warmest regards.

Saturday, January 20, 2007 3:44:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Yang-May Ooi has published two legal thrillers with Hodder & Stoughton in the U.K. and is a member of the Society of Authors and the City Women's Network. Her first novel, The Flame Tree, was lauched in Kuala Lumpur at the British Council by Dato Seri Rafidah Aziz in 1998, and is a set text in a Southeast Asian literature module at university level in Singapore.

Yang-May read English Literature and Language at St Hilda's College, Oxford University. She is a qualified lawyer and currently works in a management role in a financial institution in London. When she was in private practice law, she edited her firm's legal journal that was circulated to over 2,000 readers. She edits the financial newsletter at her current workplace.

While still a student, she wrote for The New Straits Times and The Star in Kuala Lumpur on a freelance basis. She has recently been commissioned to write about The Writer as Entreprenuer for the U.K. literary journal for women writers, Mslexia. At present, she is working on her third novel and also collaborating on a script for a TV drama with Caro Fraser, a bestselling author in the U.K.

Monday, January 22, 2007 12:26:00 AM  
Blogger Lydia Teh said...

Wah, all lined up till July! Great line-up.

Friday, January 26, 2007 1:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...I just read Lee Su Kim's "A Nyonya in Texas" and cannot believe she doesn't blog. Thanks for this MeetUp. Now......must join MPH Breakfast Club..must join MPH Breakfast Club. Can I join? ;-)

Tuesday, February 06, 2007 2:50:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Hello Mott - I too have read Lee Su Kim's A Nyonya in Texas and found it an enjoyable read. Yes, she doesn't blog. And YES ... you are most welcome to come for the MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers. Just have fun! That's the idea.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007 3:30:00 AM  

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