Friday, June 01, 2007

MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers 5


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: Stories of a Traveller with No Sense of Direction (Marshall Cavendish, 2007), and Adeline Loh, whose first book, Peeing in the Bush: The Misadventures of Two Asian Girls in Zambia (MPH Publishing, forthcoming), also a travel narrative, is being edited at the moment. Zhang Su Li, a traveller with no sense of direction, will be introduced by Sharon Bakar while Adeline Loh will be introduced by Eric Forbes. Janet Tay will be moderating the session. [Update! Adeline Loh will not be appearing as she has undergone an operation and is now recuperating. Hopes she gets well soon!]

Date June 23, 2007 (Saturday)
Time 11.00a.m.-12.30p.m.
Venue MPH Bangsar Village II, Lot 2F-1 (2nd Floor), Bangsar Village II, No. 2, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 603-2287 3600

Food and refreshments will be served
All lovers of literature are most welcome


THE 6th MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers on Saturday, July 28, 2007, will feature Tinling Choong, whose début novel, FireWife, was published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday on January 23, 2007. Born and bred in Penang, Malaysia, Tinling is working towards her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University. “FireWife,” according to Tinling, “is a story of plight and hope, escape and desire, offering vignettes in the lives of eight Asian women: a photographer, six women she photographs, and a girl travelling in between lives.” In January 2007, FireWife was nominated for the Henry Miller Award for the best literary sex scene published in the English language. And yes, she is a blogger.

Also featured is Kam Raslan who has written his first novel, Confessions of an Old Boy (Marshall Cavendish, 2007). All except one of the Dato’ Hamid adventures collected here were first serialised in Off the Edge. Kam Raslan is a writer and director, working in film, television and theatre in Malaysia. A columnist with the Edge and Off the Edge, he hopes to make a feature film of his own one of these days. He shares a collection of essays, Generation: A Collection of Contemporary Malaysian Ideas (Hikayat Press, 1998), with Amir Muhammad and Sheryll Stothard.

Tinling Choong will be introduced by Eric Forbes while Kam Raslan will be introduced by Sharon Bakar. Kenny Mah will be conducting a Q&A session with both of them.

The 7th MPH Breakfast Club for LitBloggers on Sunday, August 25, 2007 will feature Sydney-based novelist Beth Yahp, whose first novel, The Crocodile Fury (Angus & Robertson/HarperCollins Australia, 1992), was published in Australia in 1992, as well as Yvonne Lee, the bestselling author of The Sky is Crazy: Tales from a Trolley Dolly (Marshall Cavendish, 2005).

Both Beth Yahp and Yvonne Lee will be introduced by Eric Forbes while Kenny Mah will be facilitating the session.


September 23, 2007 (Sunday): Gavin Yap (theatre actor/director/columnist) and Dzof Azmi (TV scriptwriter/columnist)

October 27, 2007 (Saturday): Tan Twan Eng (novelist) and D. Devika Bai (novelist)

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


Blogger Shakeel Abedi said...

A question born of curriosity: How does one approach MPH for submitting manuscripts?

I have googled but found no place I could go to for information.

Sunday, June 03, 2007 11:20:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

You may email your manuscripts or queries pertaining to publishing to

Monday, June 04, 2007 12:43:00 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Hi Eric --

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The idea for the site came from the late Debbie Sankey, a lifelong reader who realized that starting with the wrong book might turn a reader off to a writer forever. Since it's almost always a matter of opinion, a collaborative website makes a great forum for discussion and debate. was created by a friend as a memorial to Debbie. Registration on the site is free for all users. is a great resource for authors and all lovers of literature, so any way that you can help us spread the word will be much appreciated. Perhaps a blog entry or a link to us on your website?

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007 1:58:00 PM  
Blogger gRaCe said...

so this month, ther'll only be one author ya?

Sunday, June 10, 2007 8:23:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Yes, there will only be one author. But don't let that deter you from coming!

Sunday, June 10, 2007 8:26:00 PM  
Blogger gRaCe said...

No worries, Eric..i'll be there. Unless i get some unknown disease or sumthin...*touchwood* *touchwood* Hahah...;o)

Monday, June 11, 2007 6:12:00 PM  
Blogger Kenny Mah said...

Oh Eric, who is this Kenneth Mah chap I've been hearing about...? ;)

Friday, June 15, 2007 9:26:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Sorry about that, Kenny! One of the wires in my brains must have shortcircuited or crosslined or something. Anyway, my brother's name is Kenneth.

Friday, June 15, 2007 11:13:00 PM  

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