In the Wonderland of the Young: Asiri’s Quest reviewed by Carmen Wickramagamage     L.P. Hartley once famously said that “(t)he past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” One could say the same of childhood. It is in some ways a ‘foreign country’ which, once our entry permits have expired, few adults find easy to re-enter—not because its portals are guarded by Bahirawayas (gate-keepers) who forbid entry but because ...

Autobiographies can illuminate untouched corners, away from the mainstream of history. In Sri Lanka, in recent years, there has been an upsurge of interest among many people to relate their own tales in print. What was earlier spoken verbally only, is now translated into beautifully illustrated books and available to a wider public, such as this one. Most autobiographies in ...

Interview with Nayomi Munaweera before the DSC Prize is announced! Monday, January 13, 2014 (All day) Features Nayomi Munaweera (Author) Shortlisted for this year’s DSC Prize writer Nayomi Munaweera shares her thoughts on what the anticipation feels like till the jury unveils the winner on January 18. Q: What does winning the DSC Prize mean to you? A: It’s a tremendous honor to be short-listed for this award with a debut ...

The DSC Prize and Island of a Thousand Mirrors! Monday, January 13, 2014 (All day) Features The DSC GRAMMAR Ruwini Jayawardana First it was Shehan Karunatilaka who bagged the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature with ‘Chinaman’. Now yet another Sri Lankan writer, Nayomi Munaweera is in the limelight with her novel ‘Island of a Thousand Mirrors’ which has been shortlisted for the 2014 DSC Prize. The book ...

I would readily starve for a good book! Aparna Halpe   Aparna Halpé holds a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Toronto and is Professor of English at Centennial College, Toronto. Aparna’s poetry has been published in various journals including Channels, the Journal of the English Writer’s Cooperative, Sri Lanka, and Postcolonial Text. Her scholarly work has been published in South Asian Diaspora (Routledge), Moving Worlds (Leeds) and ...

Nayomi Munaweera’s Island of a Thousand Mirrors long listed for DSC Prize!   The longlist for the coveted US$ 50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2014, chosen from over 65 entries, was announced at the Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan in New Delhi on the 21st of October, by noted Indian editor, writer and literary critic, Antara Dev Sen, who is chairing the jury panel for the prize. The final list of 15 titles ...

                                                                                  The Galle Literary Festival – one of the world’s best literary festivals – is looking for a dynamic team to deliver the 7th successful year of the festival in 2014.   FESTIVAL DIRECTOR The Festival Director is responsible for the overall planning, management and implementation of the Galle Literary Festival. Previous experience in managing a large team, event management, ...

    Professor Kirpal Singh of Singapore Management University and Professor M.A. Quayum of International Islamic University Malaysia will coedit a new collection of Asian short stories. New and previously unpublished short stories are invited from writers of Asian origin/background or those writing about Asian life, culture and experience. Submissions should be sent to asianshortstories@gmail.com by 15 July 2014. The edited volume is ...

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