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BW Issue 14
The NEW BW Insider Series!
We interview successful people in the publishing industry to help YOU in your journey as a Banana Writer
THE BW INSIDER: The Bookseller
“We still get customers coming in at least twice a year asking what are we selling, and that is after doing a cursory walk round the bookstore. We do classify this range of customers as 'strange' and it continues to justify the name of the bookstore.”
In PART 2 of our BW INSIDER series, we meet Kenny Leck - a book shop owner, publisher and lover of cats. His legendary book shop BooksActually is often featured in guidebooks throughout Asia and has ignited a 'cult' following on social media.
BW INTERVIEW: ELAINE LUI AKA LAINEY GOSSIP QUEEN
"I was called names as a teenager. I’ve had a few online stalkers over the years. People yell at me on Twitter a lot. But I never engage. I just …don’t have the time or energy. You’ll never win and it’ll never end. I was raised by a very tough mother. She was never easy on me. She has always been my first and worst critic."
Elaine “Lainey” Lui is a TV Presenter for Canadian TV’s eTalk and one of the world’s most influential gossip queens. Read our inspiring interview with Lainey and learn about her fabulous gung-ho approach to life.
"Write stories from the heart. Don’t fear your own culture or language. We all learnt to read Latin American writing with no footnotes. Sometimes the sense of the book, the beauty of language is all you need as a reader. Don’t sanitise your work."
In PART 1 of our BW INSIDER series, we meet Jayapriya Vasudevan - a literary agent with over 20 years of experience.
“After a huge inner struggle, she has realized that love is not about the other person involved, but from one’s own imagination.”
Heartbreak, broken dreams and sad circumstances can all be channelled into good writing. Read a literary gem that was fuelled by a horrifically sad situation in a Chinese writer’s life.
"First, write a death poem in the waka style. Then, open the kimono; take up the tantō or wakizashi, holding the blade with a portion of cloth around the haft; plunge the blade into the left side of the abdomen; and draw it across to the right, with a sharp upward cut at the end."
Read a fantastic dark page-turning story about suicide and criminals on the run.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR SUBMISSIONS!!
“He was exhausted. Exhausted at both the prospect of what he had left behind, and of what was to come before him.”
Read a moving story about a migrant worker contemplating life and death.
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The editor of our partner website The Anthill shares his top 20 books on China and also the books he’s not so keen on.
Check out his amazing guide and GET READING NOW!