We had a great launch on Thursday! It was a dual launch, together with the launch of the Malaysian Writers Society's latest anthology, The Best of Malaysian Short Fiction in English 2010 - 2020, which I also had a hand in (mostly going crazy in the background).
Here are pictures by Celine Wu & Jac, PLUS a highlights video of the event!
|In conversation with Daphne Lee.|
|Close up photo|
|And a wide shot!|
|From left to right: Tina Ishak, May Chong, JY Tan (ed.), Terence Toh, Anis Rozalina Ramli, Sumitra Selvaraj|
|MYWriters Secretary, May Chong (left) and anthology co-editor. JY Tan (right)|
|The early morning crowd. Thanks for coming!|
|Crowd from the other angle! lol|
|Closer pic of the crowd|
|L-R: Tina Ishak, May Chong, JY Tan|
|L-R: Tina Ishak, May Chong, JY Tan, Terence Toh|
|Group photo. L-R: Me, Tina Ishak, May Chong, JY Tan, Terence Toh, Anis Rozalina Ramli, Daphne Lee, Sumitra Selvaraj|
|Jac in action|
|Thanks to all our supporters!|
|Live streaming, photos and video by Jac ReviewsStuff. Give his YouTube channel a like/subscribe!|
Want to watch the full video? Head on over to the Malaysian Writers Society Facebook page for the live stream recording!
P/S I mentioned posting an excerpt here today, but the post got really long, so you'll get the excerpt tomorrow!
ABSOLUTIONIf cursed is the hand that kills, then it wouldn’t matter if that same hand stole, would it?
Tulen feels doubly cursed, forced to serve the bratty princess of Impian as punishment for her crimes. When said princess embarks on a pilgrimage, Tulen grabs her only chance to offer a sacrifice at the holy city of Suci—and maybe, finally, feel clean again.
Sultan Mikal has set his face towards Suci—and certain death. Nothing about his Penance is clear, except the fact that if he fails, Terang will fall along with him.
When Tulen’s pilgrimage intersects with Sultan Mikal’s quest to fulfil the Covenant of Salt, Tulen faces a difficult dilemma: What is her absolution worth in the face of the sultanate’s very existence?