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Unrepressed: Sydney, Saturday evening, 14 March

If you’re in Sydney on the evening of Saturday, 14 March, stop by Better Read Than Dead bookshop in Newtown and say hello! I’ll be speaking alongside Eliza Vitri Handayani and Julie Koh on InterSastra‘s latest literature-in-translation series Unrepressed. Click here to register. (The event is free. It’s just so we know how much beverage and snackery to provide.)

And here’s more about the event and us speakers!

Event Description

Eliza Vitri Handayani, Tiffany Tsao and Julie Koh discuss what’s going on behind the scenes of Unrepressed — InterSastra’s  latest literature-in-translation series. 

In addition to reading from their contributions to the series, Eliza, Tiffany and Julie will talk about what it takes to start and maintain a literary initiative, their experiences in cross-cultural and cross-linguistic collaboration, and working to achieve inclusivity in the arts.

Featuring short works translated between English and Indonesian, Unrepressed is about promoting the creative exploration and discussion of themes that are often sidelined, suppressed, or considered taboo – such as diversity, sexuality, gender equity, mental health, human rights, and religious innovation – to bring positive change in society.

Copies of Eliza’s From Now On Everything Will Be Completely Different, Julie’s Portable Curiosities, and Tiffany’s Under Your Wings will be available to buy on the night, alongside a selection of translated Indonesian writing, such as Norman Erikson Pasaribu’s poetry collection Sergius Seeks Bacchus and Intan Paramaditha’s exciting new novel The Wandering.   

This is a FREE event. Drinks and nibbles provided.  

About the Authors

Eliza Vitri Handayani is a novelist, creator of art events, and literary translator. Writing in Indonesian and English, her original works have appeared in Indonesian and international literary outlets. Her novel From Now On Everything Will Be Different earned her a WrICE fellowship and invitations to various festivals.     Eliza is the founding director of InterSastra, an independent initiative for barrier-breaking creative exploration and exchange. She has translated writers from Indonesia and other countries, and created House of the Unsilenced and Fashion ForWords art events. She is a member of As-Salam Collective and an Australia Arts Council’s International Arts Leader 2019. Read some of her works at elizavitri.com, and greet her on Instagram or Twitter @elizavitri.

Tiffany Tsao is a writer and literary translator. Her third novel, Under Your Wings, was longlisted for the 2019 Ned Kelly Award. Her translations from Indonesian to English include Norman Erikson Pasaribu’s poetry collection Sergius Seeks Bacchus and Dee Lestari’s novel Paper Boats. Her translations of Norman’s poetry have won the English PEN Presents and English PEN Translates awards. 

Julie Koh is the author of Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities. In 2017, she was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her fiction has appeared in the Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Comedy Writing. Julie edited the anthology BooksActually’s Gold Standard and was a judge for the 2018 Stella Prize. She has written two radio plays for Radio National Fictions and the libretto for the satirical opera Chop Chef. www.thefictionaljuliekoh.com.



The Majesties is launching on January 21st!

I know I should probably be making this announcement on the actual day of publication as opposed to five days before. But I mean, when have I ever been practical. Plus, I know that if I don’t make an announcement now, I will most likely forget.

Sooo….yes! The Majesties will be coming out on January 21st, 2020 in the US. It is actually the US edition of my novel, Under Your Wings, which was published by Viking in Australia. But thanks to the weirdness that is territorial rights in the publishing industry, I can experience the thrill of a new novel coming out without having to finish one. (Still hammering happily away on the third Oddfits book!)

Excitingly, The Majesties has made it onto several “most anticipated books of 2020” lists at Salon, The Millions, and CrimeReads, not to mention this very cool reading challenge list of books by 52 women of color to read in 52 weeks.

It’s gotten some really good pre-publication reviews so far too! Here are a few from Publishers Weekly, Smithsonian Book Dragon (for Shelf Awareness), and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal.

And I’ve been really grateful for all the Instagram love from the book blogging community. A huge shout out to them and their passionate bookishness!

For those wondering about the gorgeous book jacket, all praise goes to the cover designer James Iacobelli and artist Joseph Lee. (Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!)

That’s all for now! On the actual day of, my current celebration plan is to treat myself to a slice of rose and earl grey chiffon cake from the cafe round the corner from my apartment.

The Oddfits Series to Change Publishers

After receiving an email from a reader of the Oddfits series enquiring why the books were no longer available on Kindle from Amazon, I’ve decided to provide a public explanation about why this is! The short story: in order to ensure the publication of the third and final instalment of the series, I’ve had to start the process of changing publishers.

I will forever be grateful to Gabriella Page-Fort at Amazon Crossing, who acquired The Oddfits because she loved it so much. Amazon Crossing technically is Amazon Publishing’s literature-in-translation imprint and usually only publishes books published in languages besides English.

Sometime after I signed the contract for the second book in the series, The More Known World, something changed policy-wise at Amazon Crossing which appears to now prevent them from publishing any more books originally written in English. Hence, although I have enjoyed being an Amazon Crossing writer immensely, if I want to publish the third and final novel in the Oddfits series, which I do, I have to find a new publisher.

Because all the books are part of a series, this means I have to relocate the entire trilogy to a new publisher who would be willing to publish all three books, including the new one. And the first step in the process has been getting Amazon Crossing to revert all rights back to me, which means that the e-book is no longer available from them and hard copies will soon be unavailable too as they sell whatever remaining stock they have.

So, all Oddfits fans out there, thank you for your patience and support, and know that this temporary state of uncertainty stems from the fact that I want to complete the series in the satisfying, kick-ass manner it deserves. I’ve plotted the third book out and have been writing steadily every day, and I am very, very happy with how it is turning out. Follow me on twitter at @TiffTsao for the occasional Oddfits 3 writing update!

On that note, if you know any publishers who may be interested in acquiring the Oddfits series, or if you yourself are such a publisher, please do contact me! See my bio on the home page of this site for my email address.