Since becoming the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2015, Indonesia has boosted its effort to be noticed in the international book fairs. Their latest stride is to become the Market Focus in London Book Fair 2019. offering the unique opportunity to bring Indonesia’s rich literary and cultural heritage to the UK public.
Taking place from 12-14 March, LBF 2019 will celebrate the best of contemporary Indonesian literature. Based on the prominent Market Focus Indonesia stands at the fair, the professional program showcases Indonesia’s publishing trade, facilitating the sale of Indonesian rights and content to international publishers. In conjunction, a longer program of cross-cultural activity runs before, throughout, and after LBF, developed by the British Council in partnership with Indonesia’s National Organizing Committee.
The London Book Fair Cultural Programme showcases events to meet authors and hear them discuss their work in front of international audiences across the UK throughout February, March, and April. The 12 authors chosen for the cultural program represent the diversity of Indonesia's literary sector, reflecting the multiple regions, religions, genres, and ages of Indonesian culture and society. They will participate in a variety of events across the Cultural Programme including panel discussions, readings, and seminars on themes including feminism, mythology, film, and identity. Many titles have already attracted attention from UK publishers, with several books already published or scheduled for release in the UK from Harvill Secker, Emma Press, Monsoon Press, AmazonCrossing, and Tilted Axis Press.
The full list of 12 authors and their published works translated in English are:
Agustinus Wibowo Zero: When The Journey Takes You Home, (Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2015)
Dewi Lestari Supernova: The Knight, the Princess and the Falling Star (Lontar, 2011), Paper Boat (Amazon Crossing, 2017)
Intan Paramaditha Apple and Knife (Harvill Secker, 2018), The Wandering (Harvill Secker, scheduled for release 2020)
Laksmi Pamuntjak The Question of Red (AmazonCrossing, 2016), The Birdwoman’s Palate (Amazon Crossing, 2018)
Leila S. Chudori Home (Deep Vellum, 2015)
Nirwan Dewanto Museum of Pure Desire (Lontar, 2017)
Norman Erikson Pasaribu Sergius Seeks Bacchus (Tilted Axis Press, to be published in March 2019), Featured in Asymptote, Asia Literary Review, Cordite Poetry Review.
Reda Gaudiamo About Us (Emma Press, to be published September 2019), The Adventures of Na Willa (Emma Press, to be published March 2019)
Seno Gumira Ajidarma – Eyewitness (University of Hawaii Press, 2018); Jazz, Perfume and the Incident (Lontar, 2013)
Sheila Rooswitha Putri Contributed to Liquid City (Image Comics, 2010)