Media Clippings

A compilation of every mention of Indonesian writers, written on English/foreign-language media. See also What Media Say.

Writer Tere Liye Complains Tax Income Rate, Sri Mulyani Answers

Sep 07, 2017 / Tempo English
Following Indonesian novel writer Tere Liye’s complaints on the huge writer's tax rate, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati announced her readiness to improve the services in the area of income taxes.

DKJ Literary Criticism Competition Sees Decline in Quality, Entries

Sep 05, 2017 / The Jakarta Globe by Dhania Putri Sarahtika
Judges A. S. Laksana, Ari J. Adipurwawidjana and Martin Suryajaya announced on Thursday night (31/08) that out of a total 93 submitted manuscripts, which were written by participants ranging in age from 15 to 78, none deserved to be awarded first place because they all fell below standards.

PW Star Watch 2017 Finalists

Sep 01, 2017 / Publishers Weekly
“Indonesia has been interesting for me personally,” Page-Fort says. The language differs in its use of verb tenses and temporal references, and she calls working with Indonesian texts a “great education.” Indonesian writer Laksmi Pamuntjak’s debut novel “changed my life,” Page-Fort adds, and led her on what she calls “an obsessive quest” to study 20th-century Indonesian history.

Weekly Dispatches from the Frontlines of World Literature – August 25, 2017

Aug 25, 2017 / Asymptote by Norman Erikson Pasaribu
If, like us, you can’t start the weekend without knowing what the literary world’s been up to this past week, we’ve got your back. We have dispatches from Central America, the United States and Indonesia with a real tasting board of talks, events and new publications. Wherever you’re based, we’re here to provide you with news that stays news. 

Jakarta event highlights Palestinian poems

Aug 25, 2017 / The Jakarta Post by Ni Nyoman Wira
A solidarity event dubbed "Doa untuk Palestina" (Prayer for Palestine) was held on Thursday at Graha Bhakti Budaya in Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) in Central Jakarta.

Ubud Writers Festival to showcase Indonesian literature in October

Aug 25, 2017 / Asian Correspondent by Max Walden
For the 14th year running, Bali will play host to one of Southeast Asia’s most important literary events. UWRF 2017 is set to feature 150 authors from around the archipelago and across the world from the Philippines to Canada, South Korea and Pakistan.

Indonesia International Book Fair to Hit Jakarta This September

Aug 24, 2017 / The Jakarta Globe by Dhania Putri Sarahtika
The annual Indonesia International Book Fair, or IIBF, will return to Jakarta on Sept. 6-10 at the Assembly Hall in the Jakarta Convention Center in Senayan, Central Jakarta. Held by the Indonesian Publishers Association (Ikapi), IIBF aims to be a platform where local publishers can sell publishing rights to their foreign counterparts, as well as sell books to visitors.

Indonesia International Book Fair to return in September

Aug 20, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
18 SHARES Indonesia International Book Fair (IIBF) is set to return on Sept. 6-10 at the Assembly Hall of the Jakarta Convention Center. Initiated by Indonesian Publishers Association (IKAPI), the event is targeting to feature 20 participating countries.

Asean Literary Festival celebrates art, free speech and 50 years of regional cooperation

Aug 07, 2017 / Asian Correspondent by Max Walden
"FOR 50 YEARS, Asean was no more than a slogan and a series of meetings of elites. If we want to be a real community, we have to work at the grassroots level," said Indonesian novelist Okky Madasari on Monday. The Asean Literary Festival (ALF), which was held from Aug 3 to 6 – the same weekend as the region’s top annual security forum – brought together writers from more than 30 nations, celebrated freedom of speech and the rich literary traditions of Southeast Asia.

The long life of short stories

Jun 17, 2017 / The Jakarta Post by Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak
Kompas, one of the oldest national dailies, serves as the antithesis of digital media domination by having published short stories in its Sunday edition since day one in 1965. The newspaper has archived 2,214 short stories so far and it has been a breeding ground for now famous writers and illustrators. It is still considered a prestigious destination for beginners sending in their work.