What Media Says

Apr 19, 2017

Interview with writer/artist Khairani Barokka

How do we make literature more accessible in terms of different audiences including the actual format of prose/poetry? Khairani: This really is the question, isn’t it? I think we should pay writers more and fund ...

Apr 10, 2017 Poet Chairil Anwar promoted to become national hero
Mar 27, 2017 Reviving Sapardi Djoko Damono’s legacy

Book Story

Apr 22, 2017

Indonesian Literature in Translation

My first approach to Indonesian Literature in translation came unexpectedly through the Italian book club in Jakarta where we read the book Pulang (Home) by Indonesian female author, Leila S. Chudori. I read the book, ...

Apr 14, 2017 Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan
Apr 07, 2017 Director Hanung Bramantyo Inspired by Classic Indonesian Literature in ‘Kartini’

What's New

Apr 27, 2017

Powerhouse Spanish Agency Pontas Literary Marks 25 Years

Today, Pontas represents film and literary rights for 76 authors from five continents. Pontas authors have published 1,540 books in the past 25 years. Despite the numbers, Soler-Pont insists that the firm cannot take on ...

Apr 15, 2017

Amazon expands its literary horizons, making big imprint in translation niche

Amazon’s rapid rise to prominence in the translation of foreign prose to English — which has drawn appreciation, but also some suspicion by members of the translation community — is yet another sign of the ...

Apr 14, 2017

Weekly Dispatches from the Frontlines of World Literature

In commemoration of the writer Sapardi Djoko Damono’s seventy-seventh birthday late last month, seven books were launched at the Bentara Budaya Jakarta cultural institute in South Jakarta: one new novel and six new editions of ...

Mar 31, 2017

Album Review: Suara Dari Jauh by AriReda

AriReda, the contemporary folk duo comprising guitarist/singer Ari Malibu and singer/writer Reda Gaudiamo, breathed new life into his work, shedding new light in the otherwise antiquated appreciation of his poetry — the way they did ...


September 28, 2015

Aan Mansyur on Writing: The Only Way to Find Answers for His Restless Mind

He said he doesn’t love writing and the process of making a book is always excruciating. But for a poet and a novelist Aan Mansyur, writing is the only way to find answers for his ...

July 4, 2015 Erni Aladjai: Wandering Kei
February 22, 2015 Okky Madasari: When Luck Is Not Enough


July 9, 2015

Literary Festival and Ethnic Literature

After being a Dutch colony and almost 70 years of independence, so many changes have taken place, among others that the people now are predominantly literate in the sense of being able to read and ...

July 5, 2015 Indonesian Literature and the Frankfurt Book Fair
March 3, 2015 Writing the Story of Indonesia


April 26, 2017

Engaged Literature — An Examination of Social Issues Reflected in Contemporary Indonesian Literature

by L.G. Saraswati Putri. First published in Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia — Bril Online Books and Journals, Volume 172, Issue 2-3, 2016. Republished with permission, under the CC-BY-NC license.   Literature ...

February 6, 2016

InterSastra Introduces Diverse Indonesia: Next Generation

Early in January, InterSastra, an Indonesian literary translation initiative, introducing a new program “Diverse Indonesia: Next Generation“. This is a series on Indonesian literature in translation, which was initiated since July last year.

December 31, 2015

Moments Worth Noting in 2015!

Here’s our list of the top 100 moments 
in 2015. Not perfect at all, but some moments worth noting.

November 7, 2015

The 15th Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa Shortlists Revealed

Shortlists for The 15th Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa went public today, halving the number to just 10 nominees.

October 8, 2015

It’s a Festive October

With Frankfurt Book Fair 2015–one of the most celebrated book fairs in the world–coming up in the counting weeks, undoubtedly October will become one of the busiest months for publishing companies around the world. As ...