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ANNOUNCEMENT: Shortlisted for the Penang Monthly Book Prize 2017!

This news came out of nowhere. Kings of Petaling Street has been shortlisted for the Penang Monthly Book Prize! Judged by Muhammad Haji Salleh, Ooi Kee Beng, Pauline Fan, and Ismail Gareth Richards, my first novel is vying with Sreedhevi Iyer's anthology on identity and belonging, Jungle without Water and Other Stories, as well as Once We Were There, Bernice Chauly's novel on the confusion of the Reformasi Generation.

It is a real honour being shortlisted and certainly an exciting moment for my writing. While I am unfortunately unable to make it to the awards ceremony, I will be there in spirit and following events closely from an ocean away. Special thanks again to Amir Muhammad and Valisa Iskandar of Buku Fixi and Fixi London respectively for taking a chance on my novel, as well as to the many editors who worked tirelessly at it.

The ceremony will be held at Black Kettle, in old George Town, on Saturday November 25th. Visit the Eventbrite page for more information. It is al…

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