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More Literary Goodness!

8 October 2009

Here’s a complete and up to date list of all the book launches scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday:



‘Teman Hutan’ Friend of the Forest – Captain Freddie

“Teman Hutan/Friend of the Forest” is a picture book story that has been written and illustrated by Federico Joaquin Elizalde, aka Captain Freddie, for the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) and the Orangutan Information Centre of Sumatra (OIC). It has been translated into Indonesian and is presented as a bilingual book. The story is about Pongo the Orangutan, how he lives in the forest, how similar he is to humankind, from his behavior to his DNA. More importantly, the book points out that orangutans help reforest the jungle by eating mass quantities of fruit and dispersing seeds throughout the forest. As reforestation projects can be costly, instead people could try to support the orangutan carry on with their jobs that they do for free, naturally. The book will be distributed for free to local schools and villages in Sumatra to promote awareness of the plight of the orangutan and the deforestation of Sumatra.

Published by Orangutan Information Centre and SOS.

4.30-6.15 pm GAYA ART FUSION

Green Leaves on a Passing Wind – Manaf Hamzah

International Publishers Forum, in cooperation with the Obor Foundation, the National Arts Council of Singapore and the Republic of Singapore Embassy, will launch the novel Dedaun Hijau di Angin Lalu (Green Leaves on a Passing Wind). At the launch Singapore author Manaf Hamzah will speak about the novel’s plotline. Maman Mahayana, the book’s translator will speak about the challenges of translating the novel from Malay into Indonesian.

5-6 pm CASA LUNA


Indonesia Rising documents the key social, economic and political developments in Indonesia following “Reformasi” and democratisation. Regarded world-wide as an Indonesian expert, Dr. Tamara explains how democracy has been the fundamental force that has allowed Indonesia to recover from the deep crises of 1998 to rise as a regional power, bringing progress and change to the archipelago.

6-7 pm ANHERA

“DIVING INDONESIA’S RAJA AMPAT – The Planet’s Most Bio-diverse Reefs” – Burt Jones and Maureen Shimlock

International renowned marine life photojournalists Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock will present a captivating multi media underwater tour of Raja Ampat in conjunction with the launch of their book, Diving Indonesia’s Raja Ampat. Burt and Maurine’s work developed from Conservation International’s Indonesia Marine Program, and surveys the region’s wealth of dive sites and topside attractions. Because of its unprecedented marine biodiversity, Raja Ampat has become the focus of a wide range of conservation initiatives in recent years, and this book aims to raise awareness of Raja Ampat’s value locally and internationally.


1-2 pm CASA LUNA

The Proper Care of Foxes – Wena Poon

Wena Poon’s first book, Lions In Winter, was listed for both the Irish Frank O’Connor Award and the Singapore Literature Prize. In The Proper Care of Foxes, she explores chance encounters and impossible romances between young men and women in the culturally-fluent Internet Age. At once trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific, the Singapore-born American author defies current categories of literary fiction.


NOT A MUSE is a richly satisfying anthology of poetry by and about the 21st century woman that defies all the rules of Publishing. For a start, ‘poetry’ is considered to not sell, and ‘women’s poetry’ is marked as a sub category under that! This title blows away all those conventions with a good looking cover and a line up that will inspire you to take another look. More than 100 exciting poets from 24 countries and vibrant verses from literary luminaries such as Margaret Atwood, Sharon Olds, Erica Jong, Lorna Crozier, Elisabeth Harvor, Rati Saxena, Anindita Sengupta, Louise Ho, Eileen R., Tabios, Agnes Lam, Fatima Naoot, Pascale Petit, Rose Flint, Luisa A. Igloria, Michelle Cahill, Menna Elfyn—and many others. Indonesia’s own Laksmi Pamuntjak has written the preface that invites women from around the globe (and men for that matter) to listen to what the Muse has to say.

7.30-8.30 pm THE POND


The Love Offering of The Ocean Man is the third anthology by Dino Umahuk that includes 111 poems that he wrote from November 2008 until August 2009. Dino has previously launched The Metaphor of the Ocean’s Passion (February 2008) and A Man Who Walks On the Ocean (February 2009). The poems in Dino’s latest offering convey the spiritual struggle and the heart’s journey of this Northern Maluku man. In this book, Dino walks much closer to the silence, to the secret of the earth.

Published by Tinta Pena & Ummu Press.

7.30-8.30pm THE POND

The Homeland Narration “Ternate’s Poets Anthology”

Several of Ternate’s poets have come together to explore themes of culture, politics, spiritual, humanity and love. Some use their local language from different parts of Maluku. These established and emerging poets come from varied backgrounds including academia, local councils, government employees and activists.

This is the first anthology of poetry written by Northern Maluku poets and supports the passion of art & literature that has been dormant for a long time on this king’s land.

Published by Tinta Pena & Ummu Press.


1-2 pm ANHERA

Bocah Muslim Di Negeri James Bond – Imran Ahmad

This Indonesian translation of Unimagined is a hilarious and captivating memoir of a Muslim boy born in Pakistan, who moves to London aged one and grows up torn between his Islamic identity and his desire to embrace the West.

Deliciously funny and painfully insightful.

Published by Mizan.



Inspector Singh is back, but this time on secondment to Bali. A bomb has exploded and Singh has been sent to help with anti-terrorism efforts.

“Down these mean streets a man must waddle … It’s impossible not to warm to the portly, sweating, dishevelled, wheezing Inspector Singh from the start of this delightful debut novel.” – The Guardian


OX-TALES – UK authors

Ox-tales is four volumes of short stories featuring 38 of the UK’s top authors, (including Hari Kunzu) which was published in July to raise money for Oxfam’s work around the world. Each collection of Ox-Tales is formed around one of the four elements, to highlight the work of Oxfam’s projects, including Earth (from land rights to farming), Air (campaigning to combat climate change), Fire (supporting victims of conflict) and Water (providing safe water in emergencies)

Oxfam works with others to overcome poverty and suffering anywhere in the world. Oxfam has been working in Indonesia for more than 50 years. Oxfam GB is a member of Oxfam International and a company limited by guarantee registered in England No. 612172. Registered office: Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2JY.
A registered charity in England and Wales (no 202918) and Scotland (SCO 039042).

The book will be launched by Hari Kunzru.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 8 October 2009 19:05

    Ooo, I would love to see more PICTURES on the site.

  2. uwrf permalink*
    8 October 2009 22:09

    Thanks for reading Susi! We’ve been posting pictures to the Facebook Fan Page — it’s just easier and more suitable.

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