Sunday 24 January 2016

The Sunday Post

A rojak* of items that caught my eye this week…

Hong Kong missing bookseller
For coverage within Asia of the missing bookseller in Hong Kong, who reappeared this week in China, see, for example:

Taiwan Aboriginal Literary Awards
The winners of the Taiwan Aboriginal Literary Awards were announced this week.
The 36 recipients were from the indigenous tribes of Amis, Atayal, Bunun, Kahabu, Paiwan, Pazeh, Puyuma, Rukai, Saisiyat, Sediq, Truku and Tsou. They were selected from amongst a field of 99 entries in the categories of essay, novella, poetry and translation. For coverage in Taiwan Today (English edition), click here.

Jaipur Literary Festival 2016
Jaipur, Asia's largest literary festival, kicked off on Thursday, in a testament to the growing global influence of Indian readers, and Indian literature. Follow along on Twitter, or Facebook.

Book of the Lunar Year
Asian Books Blog is running a poll to find readers’ choice for the Book of the Lunar Year. For details of the shortlist, and of how to vote, see here.
Each Sunday between now and Feb 7, when voting closes, I’ll be giving an update.  Last week The Burma Spring, by Rena Pederson, was in the lead, followed by The Boy with a Bamboo Heart, by Chantal Jauvin with Dr Amporn Wathanavongs, in second place, but now their positions are reversed – The Boy with a Bamboo Heart is in the lead.  Two self-published titles are vying for third place, Back Kicks and Broken Promises by Juan Rader Bas, and Tiger Tail Soup, by Nicki Chen. Let's see if or how things change over the coming couple of weeks...

Twitter Spot
Each week I make a suggestion of an interesting Twitter account you may like to follow. This week, @peterfrankopan, from Peter Frankopan, director of the Centre for Byzantine Research, at Oxford University, and author of The Silk Roads, a readable, interesting and innovative investigation into the history of ancient trading routes, from an Asian, not a Western perspective. He is one of the authors appearing at the Jaipur Literary Festival. 

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