What Media Says

Mar 22, 2018

First Collection Interview – Khairani Barokka




The first of these “what on earth does it mean to have a first full collection published” interviews went up yesterday and was with Joey Connolly. I’m asking a few different poets for their thoughts and will be posting them across the week, and today’s lovely generous interview comes from Khairani Barokka.

Mar 15, 2018 S. Rukiah Kertapati, Forgotten Woman Writer of the Indonesian Revolution
Feb 13, 2018 Crossing the finish line

Book Story

Mar 30, 2018

Fiction review: Apple and Knife

Intan Paramaditha's Apple and Knife, translated from Indonesian for the first time by Stephen J. Epstein, delivers a short sharp suite of tales. It would be tempting to describe the volume as feminist horror, though undercurrents of violence and misogyny, myth and madness don't stop it smouldering with black comedy and flickering into moments of unexpected victory.

Mar 26, 2018 Dee Lestari and her most challenging novel yet
Mar 24, 2018 Intan’s books signed by UK publisher

What's New

Mar 28, 2018

Writing about Indonesia

‘Writing about Indonesia’ predicates a knowledge of the country, and the panel discussion hosted by Books Actually on March 22nd presented interesting viewpoints from Singapore-based author Shivaji Das (also humanitarian, photographer and management consultant) and award-winning Indonesian author Okky Madasari, currently writer-in-residence at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa. While both panellists spoke of (and write about) Indonesia from individual perspectives and experiences, their sentiments were similar – socially conscious, politically cognisant, concerned with the effects of nationalism, populism and patriotism, the increasing polarities between communities, the plight of the lesser-known groups and people on the fringes, the marginalised and the displaced.

Mar 01, 2018

Outstanding Indonesian Women

The women’s movement is actively breaking gender boundaries in different fields. The Jakarta Globe Insight made a list of outstanding Indonesian women who have pursued their careers and achieved their goals. These women have set the bar for others in the industry and inspire young women to do better. Leila S. Chudori (for Literature) & Melani Budianta (for Humanities) are among of them.

Jan 26, 2018

LiBeratur Prize puts non-European female writers in the spotlight

A unique program is underway to celebrate the anniversary. Laureates from past years will gather on January 26 and 27, including Fariba Vafi from Iran (2017), the Indonesian poet and journalist Laksmi Pamuntjak (2016), Canadian novelist Madeleine Thien (2015), Raja'a Alem from Saudi Arabia (2014), Argentine Claudia Pineiro (2010) and Mayra Montero from Cuba (1998).

Blog

March 7, 2018

Farewell




A tough message to share today (or the saddest thing to have to say?) After almost four years of “social service“,—published as a non-for-profit and a self-funded project since June 2014—between timing, funding, and everything ...

May 24, 2017 Tiffany Tsao: On working with Norman for Asymptote
September 28, 2015 Aan Mansyur on Writing: The Only Way to Find Answers for His Restless Mind

 

October 4, 2017

The September Monthly Digest is out today!

If you missed what happened in Indonesian literature in September, here’s a list of what we have got so far. Highlights recent pieces: insightful reviews, and news updates, in addition to notable goings-on as posted ...

October 4, 2017

Salihara’s Literature and Ideas Festival (LIFEs) 2017: A few things you need to know!

Three-week-long Salihara’s Literature and Ideas Festival (LIFEs) 2017 is coming up on October 7-28 across various Komunitas Salihara venues in South Jakarta. Before the series of event takes place, check out a few things below. ...