Saturday, September 01, 2012
Book launch of two titles: Arsonist Jalan Labrooy by Rabak Lit (a publisher from Ipoh) and Rahsia Dua Pria by SELUT Press, at Silverfish Books, 28-1 Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, at 5.30 pm, Saturday 29 September 2012. Admission is free. (The proceedings will be in Malay, but these guys sure know how to have fun. See what the English-lit world is missing.)
1. Arsonist Jalan Labrooy
Sinopsis: Tak ada hidayah atau petunjuk dalam setiap kata. Ini bukan kitab, bukan Nevi'im atau Ketuvim. Yang ada cuma separuh jalan hidup yang tak pernah habis tapi penuh dan cukup penuh dengan segala apa yang berada di bawah dan apa yang diludah. Tak perlu tutur kata dari pemikir agung untuk menjadi manusia. Ambil apa yang pernah dipijak, letakkan di kepala, dan kau akan kenal erti dunia.
Rabak-Lit ialah sebuah rumah penerbitan yang bertapak di Ipoh.
2. Rahsia Dua Pria: Sebuah buku yang menghimpun koleksi cerpen dan puisi dua orang penulis yang sedang digemari, Adi Wafi dan Mosyuki Borhan oleh SELUT Press.
- Robert Yeo’s ROUTES. Robert Yeo, a.k.a Yeo Cheng Chuan, (b.1940, Singapore -), is a poet and playwright, novelist and newspaper columnist on the arts, literary and theatre essayist advocating the establishment of a distinctly Singaporean tradition in writing. He was for many years a lecturer in the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University and was a proponent for the greater inclusion of the study of Singaporean texts in the school curriculum. Poet and critic Aaron Lee has described Yeo as being “the most Singaporean of Singaporean writers”.
- Dr Wong Yoon Wah’s THE NEW VILLAGE. Wong Yoon Wah (b. 13 August 1941, Perak, Malaysia - ) is one of the few Singaporeans who excel as an international poet, critic and scholar. Prolific in both creative and academic writing, he has published over twenty collections of prose, poetry, and academic writings on Chinese and comparative literature in Chinese or English. For his commitment to promoting literature regionally, he has been awarded the Southeast Asia Write Award (1984), the Cultural Medallion (1986), and the ASEAN Cultural Award (1993).
- Wong Phui Nam’s THE HIDDEN PAPYRUS OF HEN_TAUI. Wong Phui Nam's poems are regarded as among the best Malaysian ones in English, unsurpassed in their eloquence and linguistic richness. Most of them are contemplative and draw their images from the local landscape. Wong Phui Nam's poetry explores the experience of living in multi-cultural Malaysia. "Before the British set up this country, Malaysia was a totally agrarian society," he says. "Suddenly we get this commercialism and development of plantations to supply a metropolitan power. Even for a writer in Malay, whether he is a Malay or a non-Malay, he has to reinvent the language. All the more so for Indians and Chinese. For a Chinese, when we write in Chinese, we cannot pretend that nothing has happened and try to write Tang poetry. So for us to write in English, we are exiled three times, culturally and spiritually from China, culturally from the indigenous Malay culture, and then writing in English. We cannot claim that it is a tradition. I would say we have appropriated the language. So, in a way, it is a much more interesting medium to work with, to work with the language against the tradition."
Venue: Silverfish Books, 28-1 Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 03-228 448 37.
Date: Saturday, 22 September 2012
Time: 5.30 pm
Admission is free. All welcome, but seats are limited.