Posted by Sze Mei | Posted in Newsworthy | Posted on 30-10-2009
From Malaysia’s book hub, MPH Bookstores, comes Quill, a magazine about books and the reading life in Malaysia.
Since 2003, Quill has been recommending the best and upcoming titles in bookstores. The magazine supports local as well as international authors, providing exclusive interviews and event coverage. Famous Malaysian authors that have graced the pages of Quill include the award-winning Tash Aw, Man Booker Prize longlisted author Tan Twan Eng, Preeta Samarasan and Chiew Siah Tei. International authors such as JM Coetzee, John Boyne, Hari Kunzru, Miguel Syjuco and Mohamed Hanif have also been interviewed. Local personalities such as Tourism Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Ng Yen Yen endorse Quill for encouraging a reading habit.
For the aspiring writer, Quill has columns on developing the writing craft, written by established authors. Find reviews on noteworthy fiction and nonfiction, and business trends currently discussed in professional books. There are travel, food, foreign, and lifestyle columns of interest to everyone.
Get your copy of MPH Quill from any MPH Bookstores today!*
Regent Media is pleased to announce the launch of the Asia Edition of BBC Knowledge Magazine in Malaysia in November 2009, readers in Malaysia will be able find a new educational magazine on the newsstands near them.
BBC Knowledge Magazine offers informative, entertaining and inspirational features on science, history and nature. It is published by Regent Media Pte Ltd who has achieved licence from BBC Magazines to distribute the magazine in 10 regional countries in Asia. Malaysia will be the largest market outside Singapore to have the magazine with a circulation of over 25,000 copies.
Every issue is packed with accessible and entertaining articles about the world around us, the natural life that populates it, the history that has shaped our existence upon it and, the science that has driven it and continues to propel us into the future. Written by charismatic experts who know how to lift the lid on their subjects and reveal all the underlying wonder of the world, BBC Knowledge Magazine is a captivating proposition for the endlessly curious, adults and students alike.
Posted by hema | Posted in Newsworthy | Posted on 19-10-2009
Geller brings Mandela diaries to Frankfurt ‘auction’
14.10.09 Benedicte Page
Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown is bringing the book of the fair to Frankfurt‚ Nelson Mandela’s unseen diaries, letters, and personal thoughts spanning his lifetime including his 27 years of imprisonment and five years as South African president.
A “select auction” for the 100,000-word title was held on the eve of the fair with Pan Macmillan buying UK rights for a “significant” sum. Geller said that since sending out the book on Friday (9th October) there had been an “amazing” response with offers “in play” in the US, Denmark, Israel, Portugal, Italy and Holland. Geller is handling worldwide rights to the book on behalf of New Zealand-based packager P Q Blackwell, a previous publisher of Mandela, who approached Geller to agent the book after Mandela bestowed his entire archive on the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Helming The Times is a collection of speeches by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in his capacity of Vice President of Umno. The speeches are candid as they are sincere, self-reflective, clear-cut confessions regarding UMNO’s weaknesses. It also outlines ideas for coping with challenges to preserve the tradition of UMNO as the country’s leader for generations of people.
Indeed, it is the call for the country’s Malays to stride courageously forward, whilst upholding values and initiating changes; striving for distinction in the international arena. While it may seem focus is on the ruling race, Datuk Seri endeavours not to leave the other races behind but to work towards the progress of the country as one people, 1Malaysia.
The 11 chapters are dedicated to the excerpts taken from five of Datuk Seri’s speeches: Helming The Times (2009) ; Elevation Of the Civilisation of The Race (2007); Gearing The Minds of Malays (2006); Generating Glocal Malays(2005) and Continuity and Change (2004). The book Helming The Times is co-published by the Malaysian National Institute Of Translation and MPH Group Publishing and retails at RM42.
Posted by admin | Posted in Newsworthy | Posted on 15-10-2009
MPH @ KLIA signifies the beginning of MPH’s foray into establishing itself globally via Malaysia’s major aviation gateway. On many levels, it is both a test and another achievement to the household brand name that has come so far since its humble beginning in the 19th century.
Posted by hema | Posted in Author, Award | Posted on 15-10-2009
Herta Müller awarded Nobel Prize
08.10.09 Katie Allen
Romanian-born German writer Herta Müller has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2009.
The Svenska Akademien hailed her as “[she], who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed”.
Her most recent English-language title was The Appointment, translated by Michael Hulse and Philip Boehm, which was published by US publisher Metropolitan Books in 2001, who also published The Land of Green Plums, translated by Michael Hofmann, in 1996.
Booker winner Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall(Fourth Estate) was the most popular title with the public since the longlist was announced on 28th July.
Since then, the novelist’s 10th novel has sold just over 22,000 copies at UK book retailers according to BookScan data—some 8,500 copies more than Mantel’s nearest rival (at least in sales terms), Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger(Virago). However, thanks to significantly stronger sales immediately upon release, Waters’ fifth novel was actually the overall Man Booker 2009 sales leader, with just over 40,000 sales through UK book retailer tills.