I've decided to try to offer listings of literary events across Asia, excluding West Asia / The Middle East, but extending west to east from the Indian Sub-continent to Japan, and north to south from Mongolia to the southern tip of the Indonesian archipelago.
I will accept listings up to three months before the event takes place. If you would like to have an event included please e-mail details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state the month of the event in the subject line, and specify that this is a listing, e.g. September / listing. Please provide the following information:
Date of event
Nature of event and a brief description. E.g. book launch plus a 100 word description
Venue for event with both a complete real world address, and a link to the venue's website / details of its Facebook page if these are available
Cost of event, if any, plus details of discounts, if any
Language of event
For booking and further information please contact...followed by relevant information
For a series or a course of events at one venue, or for literary festivals at multiple venues within one general area, please supply the start and finish dates. For literary festivals, I will give only the over-arching venue, e.g. Jaipur, Hong Kong, or wherever.
I have also decided to launch a book club. I will select a book at the beginning of each month, and request that people post comments through the month. I will then summarise these at the end of the month, plus give my own thoughts.
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the
summer in Singapore with Nicholas Young, she envisions a
humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time
with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that
Nick's family home looks like a palace, that she'll ride in
more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible
bachelors on her arm, she might as well have a target on her back.
Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor, Rachel
meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family
practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and
Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings
about who her son should - and should not - marry. Crazy Rich Asians is an
insider's look at the Asian JetSet; a depiction of the clash
between old money and new; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland
Crazy Rich Asians is published by Doubleday, in hardback, paperback, audio, and e-book formats. Color Force has acquired movie rights so it should be coming to a big screen near you sometime soon.
So: what do you think? Please do post with your opinions, and I'll share mine at the end of the month.