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5 Books To Read for George Town Literary Festival

Posted on 11 July 2013

Date : 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2013

At the end of 2013, the annual George Town Literary Festival will come about. The theme of this year’s festival is The Ties that Bind, which will look at how writers deal with writing and hope, love, land, loss, memory and history. In this list, we are not here to tell you which books are the best. However, to best engage with the authors who will be a part of the festival, you do need to know what their work is about. Here’s a list of five books for your  GTLF bucket list: Stranger in the Forest by Eric Hansen “At once a modern classic of travel literature and a gripping adventure story, Stranger in the Forest provides a rare and intimate look at…

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“What are you doing in Malaysia?”

Posted on 4 March 2013

“Welcome to Readings, I’m Sharon Bakar,” said the host Amir Muhammad. Sharon Bakar, the organizer, was seated in the front row, taking a break from her hosting duties. The readings usually take place in front of Hamir Soib’s Tak ada beza, a 4-panel painting of pigs walking on their hind legs. This time, the readings took place in another part of Seksan Gallery, in front of a series of mixed-media works by students from Universiti Teknologi MARA. Reading@Seksan’s 9th anniversary was last month, but this month’s event is bigger. Why? Tash Aw is reading. His first novel, Harmony Silk Factory, won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Novel. Nobel laureate Doris Lessing said the book is “unputdownable.”…

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