Start the year write: 7 book events to kick off 2020

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  • Monday, 30 Dec 2019

Join the award-winning R.AGE team members as they share the process of producing their first-ever investigative digital storybook on the illicit pangolin trade.

The new year brings with it a host of exciting literary events. We have book launches, open mic readings, multimedia storytelling and more. Here are seven literary events to look forward to in January 2020.

Malaysian Lit In Translation: Ho Sok Fong’s Lake Like A Mirror
When: Jan 4,3.30pm-5.30pm
Where: Rumah Attap Library & Collective, Jalan Rotan, Kampung Attap, Kuala Lumpur

This forum celebrates the publication of Malaysian writer Ho Sok Fong’s short story collection Lake Like A Mirror, which has been translated by Natascha Bruce into English and released by prestigious British publisher Granta in November 2019.

Ho will be present at the forum to share her journey of writing her stories, and will be accompanied by literary researchers Fiona Lee and Show Ying Xin.

Lake Like A Mirror contains nine enigmatic stories that explore the lives of Malaysian women in poetic, critical and disquieting prose.


Meet author Ho Sok Fong and discuss her book 'Lake Like a Mirror' at Rumah Attap Collective and Library on Jan 4.Meet author Ho Sok Fong and discuss her book 'Lake Like a Mirror' at Rumah Attap Collective and Library on Jan 4.

World Heritage Japan book event with John Lander
When: Jan 4,2.30pm-3.30pm
Where: Kinokuniya Bookstores, Suria KLCC

Join photographer John Lander as he shows you the beauty of the Land of the Rising Sun through his book, World Heritage Japan.

In his book, Lander uses the Unesco World Heritage sites of Japan as a starting point to explore the country’s architecture, history, customs and festivals.

Lander is a freelance photographer based in Kamakura, Japan, and has lived in that country for 35 years.


Reading Group: On Translation And ‘Untranslatability’
When: Jan 8,8pm-10pm
Where: Malaysia Design Archive, Jalan Rotan, Kampung Attap, Kuala Lumpur

What did the coming of Islam mean to South-East Asia? How did a new worldview emerge with the gradual embrace of Islam by the majority of the population across the Malay Archipelago? This reading group aims to explore these questions and more.

They will be reading Chapter 2 of Ronit Ricci’s 2011 book, Islam Translated. The group will be facilitated by Nadine Azalea Mohd Faisal and Simon Soon. A soft copy of the text can be found on the event page.


R.AGE: Exploring Multimedia Stories
When: Jan 11,11am-1pm
Where: Rumah Attap Library & Collective, Jalan Rotan, Kampung Attap, Kuala Lumpur

How do we tell compelling stories about ourselves in the age of social media?

Meet the multimedia producers, designers and developers of Star Media Group’s R.AGE team who produce internationally award-winning multimedia experiences like The Malaysian Drug Trade and Student/Trafficked as well as The Pangolin And The Dark World Of Trafficking.

They’ll share how they produced their first-ever investigative digital storybook on the illicit pangolin trade and other multimedia documentary projects that have gained international accolades including multiple Wan-Ifra (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers) Asian Media Awards, Sopa (Society of Publishers in Asia) awards, and two nominations for the US-based Peabody Award.


Launch of 2020: The Anthology
When: Jan 11,4pm-5.30pm
Where: Lit Books, Tropicana Avenue, Petaling Jaya

The year 2020 has a lot of significance for Malaysians – remember Vision 2020? Is this really the year we suddenly become a modern, progressive society that is the envy of the world?

This anthology by indie publisher Fixi Novo combines 20 pieces of writing (fiction, essays and a comic) envisioning our nation in 2020. It was edited by Foo Sek Han and Leon Wing, and contains works by Angeline Woon, Anna Tan, Catalina Rembuyan, Lee Ee Leen, M. Kumar, May Chong, and Tina Isaacs, among others. (Disclaimer: Terence Toh is also in this book.)


Kecoh Fest 2020
When: Jan 11 and Jan 12,10am-10pm
Where: Gerakbudaya, Jalan Bukit 11/2, Petaling Jaya

Kecoh Fest brings together authors, arts lovers, poets, activists and scholars on the same stage, for a two-day celebration of the arts that includes forum discussions, music performances and poetry recitations.

The programme’s tentative schedule includes sessions with writer Hadri Shah and Iman Publication CEO Fatin Syamimy, as well as poetry performances by Jack Malik and Faisal Tehrani.


Reading Night: La Nuit de la Lecture
When: Jan 18,3pm-10pm
Where: Alliance Francaise de Kuala Lumpur, No. 15, Lorong Gurney

LA Nuit de la Lecture/Reading Night began in 2018 in France to promote books and reading in any language.

This will be the event’s first edition in Malaysia.It is divided into two sections: The Afternoon (3pm-5pm) is family-oriented, and features pupils from Lycée Français de Kuala Lumpur reading excerpts of novels, poems and plays they like.

The Evening (7pm to 10pm) is an open mic event at which members of the audience and Malaysian and foreign authors will read excerpts of their own works or share texts that they like.


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