Hidden Extraordinary Histories
DATE / TIME
1 Nov, Sun
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Festival Pass Event
This session is in English
How does capturing the past in fiction help us better understand individuals and communities? These writers discuss different treatments of history —from weaving in Malaysian folklore to chronicling struggles faced by families of kidnapped student activists. Listen to them share about what they hope to achieve by telling the extraordinary stories of seemingly ordinary folks.
This is a live session, and will be available on video-on-demand replay.
Leila S Chudori
Leila S Chudori is one of Indonesia’s best writers. Born in Jakarta in 1962, she studied at Trent University, Canada and was a journalist with Tempo from 1989 to 2017. She received the Khatulistiwa Award for Best Prose for her novel Pulang (Home) in 2013. Pulang was also described by Publishers Weekly as “a remarkable book” and was one of World Literature Today’s 75 Notable Translations of 2015. In 2017, her second novel, Laut Bercerita (The Sea Speaks His Name) was published by Penguin Random House SEA and won the 2020 Southeast Asia Write Award.
Photo Credit: Komite Buku Nasional (Indonesian National Book Commitee)Leila S Chudori is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Malaysia – US
Joshua Kam Chun Wah grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, taking frequent trips with his father down the coastal state of Pahang. A History graduate of Hope College, Michigan, he developed a hunger for the mythology of place-names, rebel peasants and sea gods his family inherited from generations by the water. Dividing his time between Malaysia and graduate school in Michigan, he interviews Nusantara mystics for a living, bakes when he can and drinks when he shouldn’t. How the Man in Green Saved Pahang, and Possibly the World is his first novel.
Photo Credit: Emma Lerman
Singapore – Malaysia
Warran Kalasegaran’s debut novel, Lieutenant Kurosawa’s Errand Boy, was shortlisted for the 2018 Singapore Book Awards Best Fiction Title and longlisted for the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. The novel was published in Singapore in 2017 and released in the UK in 2018. Warran is a diplomat at the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and is working on his second novel after office hours.