Greetings from the Executive Director

Lost among a long list of Indonesian national days to be commemorated but not necessarily officially celebrated, is “Happy Reading and Visit a Library Day,” which falls on September 14.  First made formal in 1995 by the late President Soeharto, the chosen date was intended to raise people’s interest in visiting libraries… Read more>>

Ruminations by John McGlynn: Four Cs

As a person who has spent most of my adult life working to promote the translation of Indonesian literature into English, I am often preoccupied with thoughts about translation and the role that it has played in the development of nations, in particular, Indonesia. And as Indonesia has begun to make itself better known… Read more>>

Author of the Month: Triyanto Triwikromo

Triyanto Triwikromo was the winner of the 2009 Language Center Literary Award for the short story collection, Ular di Mangkuk Nabi (The Snake in the Prophet’s Bowl). Ten of his short stories in the Kompas Short Story Choice from 2003-2012 were published in book form as Celeng Satu Celeng SemuaRead more>>

Book of the Month:

 A Conspiracy of God-Killers
By Triyanto Triwikromo
Translated by George A. Fowler
Rp. 175,000

September activities at Lontar

September 10

Lontar supported LitBeat, part of the LiterAction Festival for book industry players in Indonesia. The event was held from Sept 10 to 11 at the National Library in Jakarta.

September 13

Publishing insight and business matchmaking, part of the IBBF( Indonesia International Book Fair) 2018, during which publishers from the UK, Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Germany and Indonesia met to exchange views and possible collaboration.

September 16

Kudos to Lontar and its founder-chairman John McGlynn on receiving an award from SATUPENA, the association of Indonesian writers on Sunday, Sept 16 at the IBBF. The award was presented in recognition of Lontar’s and John McGlynn’s dedication in promoting Indonesian fiction and non-fiction works to the world.

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October Activities

Frankfurt Book Fair, October 10-14, 2018
John McGlynn, Head of Publications, will be at the book fair.

Indonesian Literature Club (Indo Lit Club), Sydney, October 11, 2018
Join us for a friendly, fun, stimulating and inclusive atmosphere where people from all backgrounds share their love and curiosity of Indonesia through literature… Read more

Book Festival at Kokonut Café, Jakarta, October 19-21, 2018
Visit Lontar’s booth at Kokonut & Curtains by Wakumukudõ, at Komplek Taman Ria Senayan, Jakarta.
At 2-7 pm. Read more>>



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