Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival - 28 October-1 November
We’re elated to reveal our First Release of leading writers, thinkers and artists. Get to know them below... and remember, this is just a taste of what’s to come.
And, without further ado, our Early Bird tickets are on sale now! Scoop before August 18, and save 20% off a 4 DAY PASS – spanning October 29 – November 1 with intriguing in-conversations, panel discussions and more. This year it is better value than ever, as we're adding more sessions and an additional venue, taking it to over 80 events all on the one Pass. We'd love you to join us; buy now.
Mark August 19 in your diaries, as that's when you can meet our full list of writers, and book your spot at our ever-popular literary lunches, cocktail soirees, walking tours and more.
The People You'll Meet: UWRF 2015 First Release
This self-professed 'misfit' is responsible for The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and calls Lahore, Pakistan home.
"If I had stayed in China, I would be dead." The 1994 memoir Red Azalea rocketed Anchee Min to the top of international bestseller lists.
Unafraid to court controversy, Nia's Ca-Bau-Kan or The Courtesan was selected as a candidate for Foreign Film nomination at the Oscars.
Anointed "this year's most promising African newcomer," by The New York Times, his debut spins a mythical tale of four brothers torn apart by a prophecy.
Seno Gumira Ajidarma
Seno’s works reflect the undying rebel in his heart, tackling political oppression and state-sponsored violence in collections such as Jazz, Perfume & the Incident.
Scooping the Stella Prize in 2015 – the first debut novel to ever do so – The Strays was likened to the literary polish of Ian McEwan and A.S. Byatt.