Sundays used to be for lounging with the papers, now they are just as likely for lounging with iPads. So if you're lazily clicking around looking for something to read, here are a few suggestions, focussing on what's going on lit-wise in Asia.
Seen online around the region
Book ahead for Ubud, Hong Kong and Irrawaddy literary festivals (Time Out Shanghai / China)
Are you buying books and not reading them? (The Asian Age / India and the UK)
Foreign publishers shop for local book rights at Jakarta fair ( Jakarta Post / Indonesia)
This week in Asian Review of Books
See the Asian Review of Books for ever-interesting discussion. Here are links to its newest reviews, excerpts, letters, essays, listings, translations, news items, and round ups:
Lee Fook Chee’s Hong Kong: Photographs from the 1950s by Patricia Chiu and Edward Stokes reviewed by Juan Jose Morales
Verdi’s “Otello”: Shakespeare Sings in Hong Kong by Peter Gordon
Taiwan’s China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Economic Policy by Sharyu Shirley Lin reviewed by Nicholas Gordon
Global Exposure in East Asia: A Comparative Study of Microglobalization by Ming-Chang Tsai reviewed by Salvatore Baboons
The People’s Bard: How China Made Shakespeare its Own by Nancy Pellegrini reviewed by Peter Gordon
The Cauliflower by Nicola Barker reviewed by Rosie Milne
Transpacific Community: America, China, and the Rise and Fall of a Cultural Network by Richard Jean So reviewed by Francis P Simp
Twitter and blog spots.
Each Sunday I suggest a Twitter account you may like to follow, and a blog I find interesting – either about books, or about Asia, or both.
PublicBooks, @publicbooks. Public Books is a monthly review devoted to debate about books and the arts, created by and for a transnational community of writers, artists, and activists. It bills itself as “Bringing cutting-edge scholarly ideas to a curious public”. For the website click here.
The Royal Asiatic Society. The Royal Asiatic Society is a UK-based organisation providing provides a forum for those who are interested in the languages, cultures and history of Asia to meet and exchange ideas. Related Twitter account @RAS_Soc.