Saturday, 25 June 2011

Short story by Khairulnizam Bakeri in SELANGOR TIMES / Fixi in Pesta Buku Selangor

Yes! The author of Pecah (which is going to be made into a movie!) has a new, published short story. Fans of his novel will experience a few intertextual frissons of pleasure as they read this:

The rest of Selangor Times can be read/downloaded here.

By the way, all the Fixi novels (as well as a few other books of the hip & happening indie persuasion; full list of publishers here) are currently being sold at our booth in Pesta Buku Selangor.

This is the first time Fixi has its own booth so I am right chuffed. The first day's crowd was much lower than what we experienced at the KL Book Fair in PWTC, but our sales were actually 40% higher! And the hall is much more comfortable, with far fewer annoying salespeople. We still have 9 days to go, so we shall see how it goes ...

Thursday, 2 June 2011

ROJAK is in the running!

These 10 books were chosen by the Popular chain based on sales figures for last year. This contest is now being held for the 4th year.

In 2010, Yasmin Ahmad's Films got 2nd place (Non-Fiction), while Malaysian Politicians Say the Darndest Things (Vol 1) got 3rd place (Non-Fiction) in 2008.

These are the nominees for the Popular - The Star Readers Choice Awards 2011 in the Fiction category:

Rojak - Amir Muhammad
Madness Abroad - Yvonne Lee
The Rice Mother - Rani Manicka
Kebaya Tales - Lee Su Kim
Orans Asli Animal Tales - Lim Boo Liat (editor)
The Embrace of Harlots - David TK Wong
Inspector Singh: A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul by Shamini Flint
Sweet Offerings - Chan Ling Yap
Under The Sun - O Thiam Chin
A Bit of Earth - Suchen Christine Lim

Voting will be by coupons in The Star and Popular bookstores in June & July, with the results announced at the KL Convention Centre in late August. Ada can ker? Ntah ler ... Either way, I am grateful for the support that has been given to Rojak. The first print run of 3,000 copies sold out months ago, and the one selling now is the 2nd print. Syukur!

It was a fun book to do; thanks to Chin Yew, Liza Manshoor, Ezra Zaid and Lori Lee.