Greetings from the Executive Director

October is a month of celebration for Lontar. On October 28 we celebrate our 31st anniversary. On that day, too, the 11th Indonesian Language Congress, a four-day event that takes place once every five years, will begin in Jakarta. The congress promises to be an interesting, engaging, and informative event, with the main theme being how Indonesian can retain its identity, national character…  Read more>>

Ruminations by John McGlynn: Ripple Effect

I don’t know how many of you were on Lontar’s mailing list in 2011 but in May of that year I sent a message to the list about Indonesia’s possible selection as Guest of Honor Country (GOH) at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest and most prestigious book fair in the world. In the message, I stated that “for Indonesia to finally put itself on the map as both… Read more>>

Author of the Month: Dorothe Rosa Herliany

Dorothea Rosa Herliany (Magelang, Central Java, October 20, 1963) writes poetry, short stories, children’s books, and novels. Her poetry has been translated into multiple languages, and her latest book of poetry is bilingual in German and Indonesian: Der Messer Hochzeit / Nikah Pisau (translated by: Brigitte Oleschinski and Ulrike Draesner, Verlagshaus Berlin, 2015)… Read more>>

Book of the Month:

Morphology of Desire
by Dorothe Rosa Herliany
Translated by Harry Aveling
Rp. 150.000

Available at Amazon

October Activities at Lontar
Indonesian Literature Club in Sydney

The first Indolitclub club meeting in Sydney, held on October 11, 2018 was a great success. Fourteen avid participants had much to say about the two stories discussed, written by Mona Sylviana and set on events in 1965 and 1998. “For me it was a stimulating and enriching experience and a great introduction to Indonesian literature,”… Read more>>

Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

Lontar has signed an agreement with UK publisher MonsoonBooks to publish “Not A Virgin” by Nuril Basir, which will be released at the London Book Fair 2019, where Indonesia will be the Market Focus country.

Indie Book Fair at Kokonut & Curtains

Lontar and Jakarta-based publisher Marjin Kiri held discussions at this event, with John McGlynn dan Ronny Agustinus raising some interesting and thought-provoking issues and interacting with an enthusiastic audience.

“TELEGRAM” by Putu Wijaya translated by Stephen Epstein, has been translated into Arabic and published by Sefsafa Publishing.
Publication of this book was made possible with assistance from the LitRI Translation Funding Program of the National Book Committee and Ministry of Education and Culture, the Republic of Indonesia.
Upcoming Activities

George Town Literary Festival,
22-25 November, Penang, Malaysia

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The Lontar Foundation
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