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- ‘Writing the Future and the Future of Writing’ — an essay Rukmini Bhaya Nair
- ‘Enduring War: Stories of what we’ve learned and why they must be retold’
— an essay
Frank Stewart
- ‘The Past Can Wait: Differing political imaginations have resulted in
differential creative successes in Malaysia and Singapore’ — an essay
Salil Tripathi
- ‘The Dark Truth About Cinderella: One of the world’s most famous
princesses is an imposter’ — a commentary
Nury Vittachi
- Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan Paul Sharrad
- A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz Tony Simoes da Silva
- Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong Neel Mukherjee
- ‘The Disappearing Book’ — a short story Nicholas Jose
- The Dissident by Nell Freudenberger Mini Kapoor
- Evanescent Isles: From My City Village by Xu Xi Sanjay Sipahimalani
- ‘The Prostitute and the Dwarf ’ — a short story Laksmi Pamuntjak
- ‘Seated Scribe’ — graphic fiction Amruta Patil
- An extract from Habit of a Foreign Sky Xu Xi
- This History of Hands — selected poetry Dinah Roma-Sianturi
- Clearing a Space: Reflections on India, Literature and Culture
by Amit Chaudhuri
Sumana Roy
- Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River by Alice Albinia Ritu Menon
- Looking for ‘Suitable Boy’ Junior: A survey of children’s and young adult publishing in India and its future in the world market Vatsala Kaul Banerjee
- Lit. blogging in Asia: Browsing through the blogosphere to assess lit.
blogging’s impact on writing, reviewing and commissioning of books in Asia
Jai Arjun Singh
VATSALA KAUL BANERJEE is currently the editor of Child, a parenting magazine. She will be joining Hachette India in January 2009 as their Editorial Director for Children’s & Reference Books.

TONY SIMOES DA SILVA teaches in the School of English Literatures, Philosophy and Languages, at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

NICHOLAS JOSE has published several acclaimed novels, including Paper Nautilus (1987), Avenue of Eternal Peace (1989; new edition 2008), The Custodians (1997), The Red Thread (2000) and Original Face (2005), as well as short stories, essays, and a memoir, Black Sheep: Journey to Borroloola (2002). He has written widely on contemporary Asian and Australian culture and is general editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. He has a Chair in Writing in the Writing & Society Research Group, University of Western Sydney.

MINI KAPOOR is Senior Editor at the Indian Express.

RITU MENON is a publisher and writer based in New Delhi.

NEEL MUKHERJEE reviews fiction for the Times and Time Magazine Asia. He is a contributing editor of Boston Review. His first novel, Past Continuous, was published by Picador India in January 2008.

RUKMINI BHAYA NAIR is Professor and Head, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Her forthcoming books in 2008-2009 include Poetry in a Time of Terror: Essays in the Postcolonial Preternatural as well as a first novel Mad Girl’s Love Song.

LAKSMI PAMUNTJAK is an Indonesian poet, journalist, short-story writer, food writer and essayist. She is presently working on her first novel, The Blue Widow.

AMRUTA PATIL is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of Kari, a graphic novel, and co-editor of Mindfields, a quarterly magazine about ideas and learning.

SUMANA ROY teaches at the Department of Humanities, Jalpaiguri Government English College, West Bengal. She is working on a collection of stories.

PAUL SHARRAD teaches postcolonial literatures at the University of Wollongong in Australia. He has books on Raja Rao, the Pacific writer Albert Wendt and a monograph on postcolonial literary history and the Indian English novel due out later this year.

DINAH ROMA-SIANTURI is the director of De La Salle University’s Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (Manila). Her first book of poetry A Feast of Origins (2004) was awarded the National Book Award by the Manila Critics’ Circle while her recent collection of poems Geographies of Light (2007) won a Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. She also teaches literature and creative writing at De La Salle University.

JAI ARJUN SINGH writes the blog Jabberwock:

SANJAY SIPAHIMALANI is a writer working with an advertising agency in Mumbai. His reviews are collected at

FRANK STEWART has published more than a dozen books on international Asia/Pacific literature and environmental issues. These include four books of poetry, for which he won the prestigious Whiting Writers Award. Since 1989, he has edited Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing ( He is Professor of English at the University of Hawaii and President of the Manoa Foundation.

SALIL TRIPATHI is a London-based writer who contributes frequently to publications in the United States and Europe. In India, he is a columnist for Mint and writes for Tehelka. His book about Hindu nationalism and censorship will be published by Seagull in 2009. He is also at work on a book of travel writing. And, somehow, hopes to complete that novel about Singapore of 1940s and 1990s that he has set out to write.

NURY VITTACHI is a novelist who lives in Hong Kong. His latest book is Mr Wong Goes West. He can be contacted at

XU XI ( is the author of seven books of fiction and essays and has edited three anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English. A Chinese-Indonesian native of Hong Kong, she splits time between New York, Hong Kong and the South Island of New Zealand.


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