Date: 28th June, 2008
Place: Seksan’s, 67, Jalan Tempinis Satu, Lucky Garden, Bangsar (Map)
The readers for this month are:
- Lydia Teh – skilled observer of Malaysian life, reading some fiction for a change! (My first!)
- Elmo Jayawardena – award winning Sri Lankan author and all-round sweetheart
- Clarissa Tan – Singapore-based Malaysian winner of the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize
- Kam Raslan – giving us another rib-tickling episode in the life of our favourite datuk!
- Shahriza Hussein – author of the historical novel, Legacy
- Jacqueline Ann Surin – journalist, and author of Shape of a Pocket
We also have Zulkifli Ramli of the band Dewangga Sakti playing the gambus for us (listen here!) and a book giveaway sponsored by Pansing. (The books donated by are three of the titles nominated for the Best of Booker : The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell, Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, and J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace. Winners will be decided by lucky draw.)
Elmo will be bringing copies of his book Sam’s Story to sell to raise funds for AFLAC – the charity he founded.
Admission free and everyone very welcome. Please pass on the invitation to anyone else you think might be interested.
Above info and poster lifted from Sharon Bakar’s blog.
If you’re going to be in Bangsar this Saturday, you could also drop by MPH for this :
MPH Breakfast Club with … Elmo JAYAWARDENA
“COFFEE, CURRY PUFFS AND BOOKS:
WHAT A TANTALISING COMBINATION!”
The 14th MPH Breakfast Club on Saturday, June 28, 2008, at 11.30a.m. to 1.00p.m., will be featuring Singapore-based Sri Lankan novelist and short-story writer Elmo Jayawardena, the author of such novels as Sam’s Story (Vijitha Yapa Publications, Sri Lanka, 2000; Marshall Cavendish, Singapore, 2004) and The Last Kingdom of Sinhalay (M.D. Gunasena & Co., Sri Lanka, 2003), as well as a self-published collection of short stories, Rainbows in Braille (Elmo Jayawardena, 2007).
Elmo Jayawardena writes novels and short stories when he is not flying jets for Singapore Airlines or working for his charitable foundation, AFLAC International. His first novel, Sam’s Story, was first published in Sri Lanka by Vijitha Yapa Publications in 2000 and in Singapore by Marshall Cavendish in 2004, and was awarded the prestigious 2001 Gratiaen Prize for the best literary work in English in Sri Lanka. (Michael Ondaatje won the Booker Prize for The English Patient in 1992. In 1993, he gifted his prize money to institute a literary award in Sri Lanka, called the Gratiaen Prize, for the country’s best creative writing in English.) The Last Kingdom of Sinhalay, his second novel, won the State Literary Award in Sri Lanka for the best book of 2005. Jayawardena retired from Singapore Airlines in 2007 and now trains pilots for Sri Lankan Airlines.
Eric Forbes will be introducing Elmo Jayawardena while Tan May Lee will be moderating the session.
Date June 28, 2008 (Saturday)
Venue MPH Bangsar Village II Lot 2F-1 (2nd Floor), Bangsar Village II, No. 2 Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone (603) 2287 3600
Food and refreshments will be served
All lovers of literature are most welcome
Info obtained from Eric Forbe’s blog.