Tash Aw speaks at the London Book Fair 2009 and at the Sydney and Auckland Writers’ and Readers’ Festivals in May

I wrote this news elsewhere on April 20, 2009.
by Suzan Abrams
As a Malaysian, I continue to be inspired by one of my country’s most intelligent of international novelists and this being former lawyer, Tash Aw, who has long made his home in London and who first published the award-winning The Harmony Silk Factory in early 2005. At the time, Aw proved to the Peninsular’s next big thing while dogging the then debut Malaysian novelist, Rani Manicka‘s phenomenal world success with The Rice Mother. At the moment, I still know of Aw to be one of Malaysia’s most skilled researchers on the specific subject of colonial history.

To cut a long story short, Aw launches his second novel the long-awaited, Map of the Invisible World next month in London. The plot promises to be another exciting intellectual feast. The hard dialogues of different temperamental personalities separating race and culture and for which, Aw stays famed, carve the structure of the plot. Think Sukarno’s Indonesia in the 60’s and its captial city Jakarta as a background setting. In the midst of a difficult history, throw in mysterious photos and letters that link unsuspecting individuals together including a Dutchman and two orphans who choose distant paths.

London Book Fair 2009

But here now for another exciting announcement…
Despite the theme being India this year, Tash Aw is the only Malaysian being invited to speak tomorrow at the London Book Fair 2009.

As part of a powerful seminar programme, Aw will speak on the subject of Writers of Tomorrow together with a panel of distinguished guests which includes the novelist Fay Weldon.
The event from 3.30pm to 4.30pm will be held on Tuesday, April 21st at Earls Court 1, Level 1, Cromwell Room.
Organised by the Arts Council England, it will also feature the Council’s director Ms Antonia Byatt, daughter of popular novelist A.S. Byatt.


Here in brief are a few more highlights which stretch promotions for Aw’s Map of the Invisible World in the near future.


On May 7, 2009 at 6.45pm Tash Aw launches his second novel at the Asia House Festival which celebrates British Asian writers throughout May. Aw will be in conversation with Malaysia’s prominent short story writer and newspaper essayist, Karim Raslan at Asia House’s new venue on New Cavendish Street, London.

New Zealand

Next, Tash Aw is scheduled to speak at the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival 2009″ to be held from May 13 to 17, 2009. He will find himself in pleasant company several interesting novelists including Britain’s Monica Ali who created the bestselling Brick Lane, David Malouf and Orange Prize Winner, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who recently published a collection of short stories called The Thing Around Your Neck. Aw will present his newest work at two events. The first is at the New Zealand Listener Open Night from 7.30 to 9pm at the ASB Theatre – Aotea Centre and the second is titled An Hour with Tash Aw. This takes place once more from 2.30 to 3.30pm on May 17 at the ASB Theatre – Aotea Centre.


Aw with several of the same writers will then proceed on to the Sydney Writer’s Festival to be held from May 18 to May 24, 2009. This time, Kashua Ishiguro will also be present to read from his new novel. Aw reads from Map of the Invisible World together with other writers who present a selection of readings from between 7 to 8.30pm on Sunday, May 23, 2009 at the Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay.


In June, Aw returns once more to India after having already been, to promote Map of the Invisible World.