Media Clippings

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

The importance of literary translation for global recognition

Sep 11, 2017 / Jakarta Post by Dylan Amirio
Since 1987, the Lontar Foundation has been one of the most active independent institutions in translating Indonesian works into English, quietly developing and making local literature accessible abroad as a result.

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival Set to Return With Over 150 Speakers

Sep 11, 2017 / Jakarta Globe
Bali is set to host the 14th annual Ubud Writers and Readers Festival on Oct. 25-29, with more than 150 authors, artists and activists from 31 countries telling their stories in discussions, workshops, literary lunches and live performances.

Elizabeth Bryer on Translating Claudia Salazar Jiménez’s ‘Blood of the Dawn’

Sep 07, 2017 / Huffington Post, The by Loren Kleinman
Our first translated title will be out in early 2018. It’s a short-story collection called Apple and Knife by Indonesian writer Intan Paramaditha, translated by Stephen Epstein. It’s a wonderful book and a fantastic translation, an exploration of gender, sexuality, culture and politics, inflected with horror and irony and set in a contemporary, globally connected Indonesia.

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 / 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.

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.

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 / 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.

Indonesia International Book Fair to Hit Jakarta This September

Aug 24, 2017 / 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.