Matahari Books launches New Malaysian Essays 1 in February 2008. Together with it, are two other books: The Old House and Other Stories and Kasut Biru Rubina.More about each book later. Chuah Guat Eng will be appearing at the next Readings on January 26th and Sufian Abas in March. I also need to pull in some of those essay writers, don't I?
Kuala Lumpur, January 07, 2008 – In February 2008, there will be a launch heralding new and older voices in the literary scene. Ali, Apu and Ah Beng may have heard of some of them, and may not, which is why Malaysians should go out and get the books when they are in the market next month.
Matahari Books which previously published the best-selling Malaysian Politicians Say The Darnest Things (Vol 1) by Amir Muhammad (writer, film-maker Amir has added another feather to his cap: he’s behind Matahari Books) will be launching New Malaysian Essays 1, featuring the talents of personalities such as Sonia Randhawa, Brian Yap, Saharil Hasrin Sanin, Burhan Baki*, Aminudin Mahmud and of course, Amir. Their essays which border from scathingly humorous to tongue in cheek and yes, illuminating, will have the reader viewing Malaysia in a different light. Which can be good. Or bad. It really depends on how you look at it.
Each essay runs from 20 to 50 pages and the large-format paperback book includes photos, illustrations and even spoof advertisements. It is hoped that this is the start of an annual series that concentrates on Malaysian non-fiction.
Two other books will be launched as well in February, and they are both short-story collections: Chuah Guat Eng’s The Old House and Other Stories (Hologram Publishing), and Sufian Abas’s Kasut Biru Rubina, (Sang Freud Press) (in Bahasa Malaysia) will make their debuts.
Oh and before I forget, Bernice Chauly's new book will be launched at January readings too.
Adibah Amin also has Glimpses, a new collection of her newspaper columns coming out and Amir has written the introduction.
Is it just my imagination, or are things really getting vibrant around here?
(*Burhan Baki - so long I haven't heard news of you! How's UEA??? Are you on Facebook?)