Because it's the Merdeka issue there's a whole series of photos of local authors in their party frocks, talking about their hopes for the country.
I loved the article by Zurina Abu Bakar about her selection of coffee table books to give the essence of the country: many of her choices, particularly those on the history and natural history country are already on my bookshelves. This lady should write more!
Zawiyah Baba of the National Library writes about Malaysia's literary icons and she pays tribute to some of the greats including Keris Mas, Shahnon Ahmad, Usman Awang, Muhammad Haji Salleh, A. Saman Said, and K.S. Maniam. A veritable who is who on the Malay literary scene
Nisah Haji Haron who is a lawyer as well as an author (as so many of them are!) writes about copyright for writers, while Eric Forbes, editor for MPH publishing, has a good vent about wannabe authors who hand over imperfect manuscripts. There are those who want someone else to do the revisions for them so they can go on partying, and those who go to absurd lengths to prevent their manuscripts being edited at all! I don't envy Eric his job.
The interview with the irascible Rehman Rashid is very interesting indeed.
And then there is my article on writers who use dreams to inspire their writing.
Renee is so kind when she writes in her editorial:
... dedicated individuals like Sharon Bakar and Eric Forbes make reading local books cool. They are thick in the middle of action, helping out with the KL Writers Circle, the Breakfast Club, organizing readings, get-togethers, while their blogs chronicle what goes on ...and I'm blushing!
If you want your copy of Quill, this issue is free to those who hold the store's little red card, but RM8 to all others.
(I'm not telling you who is who on the cover and the picture on the right. If you live here you should recognise 'em. If you're overseas, you probably won't care!)