Book launch: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Where: Lit Books, Petaling Jaya
When: Sept 10, 8pm (entrance fee RM15)
In 1985, the literary world saw the publication of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which gripped and shocked readers everywhere. The book returned to bestseller lists in 2017 when a TV series based on it began. And now, Atwood has given us a sequel: The Testaments picks up 15 years after the original tale ended and features three female narrators giving their explosive testaments. In conjunction with the book’s worldwide release on Sept 10, there will be a book launch party by the Two Book Nerds podcast. There will also be a skit and panel discussions at the event. FB: Lit Books.
Book launch: The Beijing Conspiracy by Shamini Flint
Where: Bobo KL, Bangsar
When: Sept 10, 7.30pm
When ex-Marine Jack Ford receives a letter containing news of a daughter he never knew he had, he sets off to find her, returning to China, a country he hasn’t visited since 1989. Then, as a young American spy, he fell in love with a beautiful student activist and found himself caught up in the horrors of the Tiananmen Square massacre. This is the plot of thriller The Beijing Conspiracy by Shamini Flint, a Malaysian writer, lecturer and environmental activist now living in Singapore. She is the author of the acclaimed Inspector Singh series.
Book launch: Bright Landscapes by Daphne Lee
Where: Taman Desa Screening Club, KL
When: Sept 14, 7pm
Bright Landscapes is a collection of 10 short stories that float between the bright landscapes of our world and the shadowy depths of myth, legend and supernatural fantasy. Daphne Lee is an author and editor with over 20 years of experience. She wrote the popular Tots To Teens book column for more than a decade in The Star. The launch will feature celebratory drinks and poetry readings by Priya K, Jamal Raslan, and Nana. FB: TDSC.
Poetry event: Malam Baca Puisi Sedunia (World Poetry Recital Night)
Where: National Library of Malaysia, Jalan Tun Razak, KL
When: Sept 14, 8pm
The stage is set for 21 poets from 12 countries to take part in the Malam Baca Puisi Sedunia event, hosted by the National Library. The poetry recital will take place at 8pm, but if you are looking for a full-day of poetry activities and literary programming, then you can visit the National Library earlier for a series of workshops and talks. Dr Shamsudin Othman will be holding a poetry workshop at 10am, while a talk titled Puisi Dalam Zaman Tidak Puitis (Poetry In Barren Poetic Times) takes place at 2.30pm. The panel will feature National Laureate Prof Emeritus Muhammad Haji Salleh, Prof Dr Rebecca T. Anonuevo (Philippines), Jerome Bouchaud (France) and Hazwani Rebecca Ilham Rameli (moderator). Admission is free. FB: Malam Baca Puisi Sedunia.
Book event: #MYWritersFest2019
Where: Level 3, The Intermark KL
When: Sept 16, 2pm-3.30pm
A festival to honour Malaysian writers and their works, #MYWritersFest2019 will be held in different venues across Malaysia throughout October. This is the fourth edition of a festival that has been organised since 2015 by the Malaysian Writers Society (#MYWriters). The festival launch will feature the annual #MYWriters Mass Book Launch featuring up to 10 publications. Details of the month-long festival will be revealed during the launch. More info: malaysianwriterssociety.org.
Public talk: Masa Depan Busana Traditional Melayu Di Abad Ke-21
Where: Kelab Bangsar Utama, 52-C, Jalan Kemuja, off Jalan Bangsar, KL
When: Sept 18, 8.30pm
Prof Dr Siti Zainon Ismail, Malaysia’s 14th Sasterawan Negara (National Laureate), will give a talk – in Bahasa Malaysia – about the history, development and future of traditional Malay textile and clothing/dress. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Prof Siti Zainon, 69, has thrived with a multifaceted career as academic, author, poet/artist and cultural researcher. She has written among others, three novels, 10 short story collections, 25 poetry collections, seven short story anthologies and five poetry anthologies. In 1997, she wrote the Malay Woven Textiles: The Beauty Of A Classic Art Form book, which focused on how textiles have always held special significance in Malay culture, as they uphold traditions and play central roles in ceremony and ritual. Free admission.
Book talk: In Conversation With Shih Li-Kow: A Malaysian Book, A Success in France
Where: Alliance Francaise de Kuala Lumpur
When: Sept 23, 8pm-10pm (free but requires registration)
French Talks, organised by the Alliance Francaise, are aimed at creating “a space of dialogue, and a bridge between France and Malaysia, and their cultures”. This talk will feature author Shih-Li Kow, whose novel The Sum Of Our Follies (2014) won the Prix du Premier Roman étranger French literary award in 2018. “A Malaysian Book, A Success In France” will be conducted in English and moderated by writer, publisher and translator Jerome Bouchard. More details: www.alliancefrancaise.org.my.
Book talk: Readings September 2019
Where: Seksan Gallery, Bangsar, KL
When: Sept 28
Readings is the longest-running literary event in the country, beginning in 2005 and continuing until today. It is a monthly platform for local authors, new or experienced, to read their works (published or not) in front of a live audience. Each Readings session usually comprises four to six readers, and, occasionally, a musical act or two. September’s line-up will be confirmed about a week before the event. FB: Readings.