Monday, 18 April 2016

Shakespeare week: Monday

Shakespeare is surely the world's most global playwright? Saturday, April 23, marks the 400th anniversary of his death, and so all this week I'll be posting and sharing relevant links - with a focus on Shakespeare in Asia. But to kick off, here are three UK-based websites you may enjoy exploring, plus a Twitter hashtag:

The Royal Shakespeare Company - click on the button "about Shakespeare."

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust - take online tours of Shakespeare's family homes.

Shakespeare's Globe - click around to discover more about the rebuilding  of Shakespeare's iconic theatre.

Daily Shakespeare Twitter spot
#Shakespare400 - Shakespeare themed tweets from around the world.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

The Sunday Post

Asian Books Blog is based in Singapore. Usually The Sunday Post is a rojak - a Singaporean salad - of items that caught my eye the previous week. Today, though, I’m pushed for time, so things are a bit scanty. Apologies.  Hope you find the links interesting.

Seen elsewhere
Tough times for translators inBurma. From Frontier (Myanmar)

Twitter spot
Each week I make a suggestion of an interesting Twitter account you may like to follow.  This week, the SOAS China Institute, the account of the forum for Chinese-related research at SOAS, University of London, @SOAS_CI.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

500 words from Ray Hecht

500 words a series of guest posts from authors writing about Asia, or published by Asia-based, or Asia-focused, publishing houses, in which they talk about their latest books. Here Shenzhen-based American Ray Hecht talks about his new novel South China Morning Blues, published by Blacksmith Books based in Hong Kong. Ray’s earlier books were The Ghost of Lotus Mountain Brothel and Loser Parade. He currently writes for Shenzhen Daily, the only daily English-language newspaper in the south of mainland China.

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, announcements, news items, and round ups:

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Q & A: Anne Elizabeth Moore

Graphic novels are wildly popular in Asia, but how about comics journalism?  This mingles the techniques of graphic novels with those of investigative journalism.  Chicago-based Anne Elizabeth Moore is one of its leading proponents.  In May, she will publish Threadbare: Clothes, Sex & Trafficking, a collection of reporting, research, and art, exploring, amongst other things, how the darker side of the global fashion industry has roots in Asia.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Buku Fixi at London Book Fair

The London Book Fair (LBF) takes place next week, April 12 -14. For the first time ever, there will be a Malaysian booth showcasing independent publishers with no government or corporate funding. The country’s biggest independent publisher, the award-winning Buku Fixi, which specialises in contemporary urban fiction in both Malay and English, will be there. Moreover, the company’s English-language imprint, Fixi Novo, is to launch an ambitious new trilogy of anthologies during the Fair.