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The go getter of Malaysia’s literary scene

The go getter of Malaysia’s literary scene | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
Since her breakthrough into the local literary scene a mere two years ago, Tina Isaacs has chalked up seven short story titles published in her name. Before the year is out, she will have another t…
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Malaysian author wins Best Newcomer at British Fantasy Awards 

Malaysian author wins Best Newcomer at British Fantasy Awards  | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
Zen Cho's ‘Sorcerer to the Crown’ takes home a prize at British Fantasy Awards.
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The Silence of Intellectuals

The Silence of Intellectuals | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
Is the intellectual merely devoted to the “life of the mind” or ought she be committed to social progress. And what happens to a society in which intellectual have lost their nerve
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Are we still being colonised by the English language?  

Are we still being colonised by the English language?   | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
Inspired by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and the recent Merdeka celebrations, our Booked Out columnist reflects on what it means to be shaped by the language of the colonisers.
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Thought Malaysian writers had long ago moved past this mindset? I don't even think colonialism needs to be referenced so many decades after independence. English is a language that belongs to Malaysians every bit as much as it does to British people or anyone else, and Malaysian English is a distinct variety of English, as any linguist or lexicographer would agree.
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The Writing Life

The Writing Life | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it

People often ask writers how they became writers. It is an exceedingly difficult question to answer because when you actually start to explain how you got to where you are, the person who asked you is already bored. This is because what they really want to know is how they can become a writer; how they can avoid your mistakes and pitfalls and go straight to the glamorous, exciting, fulfilling life that they assume you lead.

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How does fiction imagine Malaysia in different times? Part 2: The Present  

How does fiction imagine Malaysia in different times? Part 2: The Present   | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
In the second of our three-part story on writing about Malaysia set in different time periods, Brian Gomez talks about how he brought contemporary Malaysia to life in his novel.
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“Four Books from Malaysia,” by Dipika Mukherjee

“Four Books from Malaysia,” by Dipika Mukherjee | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it

 Dipika Mukherjee choose 4 stand-out Malaysian books.

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This Scene is Lit

This Scene is Lit | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
We speak to poets and collectives embracing change and shifting from sajak-sajak Melayu lama to puisi-puisi kontemporari. Sajak. Puisi. Pantun. Gurindam. Syair. When was the last time we truly dwelled in these forms of art? The Malay language is rich in its literary heritage, and Malay poetry encompasses all of the above. However, besides treasuring the works of established poets, the Malay poetry scene is also all about celebrating new and rising talents who find comfort in expressing themse
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About the thriving poetry scene in Malaysia - but how sad the writer didn't think to mention Readings which has been giving a home to poetry for the last 12 years!!!
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Observations in reading submissions for a literary journal, by Marissa Landrigan

Observations in reading submissions for a literary journal, by Marissa Landrigan | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
1. Way, way more dudes submit than women. Way more. And their writing is
often very ... dude-ish. There's nothing wrong with either of these things,
per se, but it does get overwhelming
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Malaysian in London wins HG Wells writing competition  

Malaysian in London wins HG Wells writing competition   | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
Cassandra Yong’s short story Adrift, which won the HG Wells award, is the tale of a young mother's survival in Malaya after WWII.
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Some people just cannot take criticism  

Some people just cannot take criticism   | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
One irate author once told the Localise columnist she would go to hell for her book review.
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Daphne Lee on writing book reviews in the Malaysian/Singaporean context.

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Audio book web series The Library Is Open: Because reading is fundamental

Audio book web series The Library Is Open: Because reading is fundamental | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
The Library Is Open is a web series that features writers, authors, poets, playwrights and screenwriters from around the world reading their work.
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Flesh Eating Zombies And Playboy Doctors, The Problem With Malaysian Reading Habits

Flesh Eating Zombies And Playboy Doctors, The Problem With Malaysian Reading Habits | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
Just a cursory glance at the Malay fiction shelf in your nearest bookstore and odds are the words ‘kasih’, ‘cinta’ or ‘sayang’ have appeared in the title of more than one of the novels.
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Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan wins $40k in Emerging Voices Awards for his novel ‘Man Tiger’

Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan wins $40k in Emerging Voices Awards for his novel ‘Man Tiger’ | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
Congratulations to Eka Kurniawan on his big win!
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Who is this Malaysian author who sold over 1 MILLION books?

Who is this Malaysian author who sold over 1 MILLION books? | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
Becoming an author is not a typical Asian ambition - it's usually a doctor, lawyer or an engineer. When people ask someone what they do for a living and
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Southeast Asia's Rising Publishing World: Interview with Kenneth Quek

Southeast Asia's Rising Publishing World: Interview with Kenneth Quek | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
Southeast Asia's publishing industries show promising signs of growth despite being under-translated and overly vulnerable to censorship, says Kenneth Quek.
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Group seeks to represent all local writers

Group seeks to represent all local writers | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 2 — The newly-formed Malaysian Writers Society (MYWriters) is hoping to become a national-level body for all writers in the independent literary scene.

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How does fiction imagine Malaysia in different times? Part 3: The Future 

How does fiction imagine Malaysia in different times? Part 3: The Future  | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
In the third of our three-part story on writing about Malaysia set in different time periods, Fadzlishah Johanabas talks about how he imagines a futuristic Malaysia in his works.
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How does fiction imagine Malaysia in different times? Part 1: The Past  

How does fiction imagine Malaysia in different times? Part 1: The Past   | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
In the first of our three-part story on writing about Malaysia set in different time periods, Chan Ling Yap talks about how she captures the country’s past in her works.
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How to talk about Malaysian novels in English without reading any 

How to talk about Malaysian novels in English without reading any  | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
As Merdeka Day approaches, we celebrate with a 10-part series on the evolution of Malaysian novels in English by novelist and academic Chuah Guat Eng.
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American publisher Soho Press snaps up Singaporean writer Clarissa N. Goenawan’s debut novel

American publisher Soho Press snaps up Singaporean writer Clarissa N. Goenawan’s debut novel | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
Singaporean writer Clarissa N. Goenawan last week clinched a book deal with American publisher Soho Press for her debut novel Rainbirds, about a Japanese man whose dreary life is shaken up by his sister's murder.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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Top five: Southeast Asia's best poets

Top five: Southeast Asia's best poets | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
From embracing the avant garde in Myanmar to exploring Balinese strictures, the region’s best poets are often a bold voice in opposition to the status quo
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Epigram Books publishes three new writers from Fiction Prize longlist

Epigram Books publishes three new writers from Fiction Prize longlist | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
The publisher behind Singapore's richest literary award, the Epigram Books Fiction Prize, will publish another three titles off its longlist, on top of the four shortlisted titles that it has already brought out.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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Singapore’s new literary discovery launches debut novel

Singapore’s new literary discovery launches debut novel | Bibliobibuli in Malaysia | Scoop.it
His highly anticipated fiction title, Kappa Quartet published by Epigram Books is due to be launched at the Singapore Writers festival in November this year, where he is set to be a featured author. Daryl is in the process of finalising the publication of his book, while finishing his undergraduate degree. Kappa Quartet will be published in September and is set to make a splash in Singapore as longer novels experience a renaissance. There has been a surge in popularity as more Singaporeans explore novels in the fiction genre rather than short stories, which have been favoured in recent years.
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