Tim Kindseth on 25 (More) Authentic Asian Experiences in Time. The Gift of Rain is a great book for putting Penang (and hence Malaysia) on the map.
Twan Eng is interviewed on Eric's blog. The author describes himself at the moment as :
... irritable, anxious, distracted, exhausted and tense ...because he is trying to finish the first draft of his second novel. But he still finds time to talk at great length about the books he loves, and why reading is important. There are some great book recommendations here.
The novel has now been translated into many different language, but how often do we think about the translators or the stories about the translations? Here's a fascinating insight into how The Gift of Rain into came to be translated into Romanian. Translator Madalina Serban calls the novel :
... a story that transcends cultures and it relates to a very special part of my life.