Tash Aw last night at No Black Tie, reading from a short story set in Indonesia. He also read a tiny extract from Map of the Invisible World ... and left us hungry for more.
Earlier we heard from : Charlene Rajendran who read extracts from her new book Taxi Tales on a Crooked Bridge and her collection of poetry Mangosteen Crumble, doing a brilliant job of capturing the voices of Singaporean cabbies; Hishamuddin Rais who "cerita-ed" rather than read - was totally irreverent and at times very funny when he talked about how the Malays in this country really have it hard ("We have to go to heaven!") ; and Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize winner, Clarissa Tan, who read from short story in progress.
We left at the break since it was already nearly midnight and we had to be back, but I really wish I could have stayed to hear Farish Noor and John Krich ("one of the most original voices in the new wave of travel writing" Salon.Com). (So fill me in on what I missed, guys.)
Bernice did a great job of hosting, as always.
(Picture taken by my niece Shahnim )