Asian literature is rising fast on the international publishing scene. Anticipating this burgeoning demand, Kelly Falconer – former literary editor of the Asia Literary Review – founded the Asia Literary Agency earlier this year. Heading up the nascent group, which represents luminaries in the field throughout Asia, Falconer is constantly keeping tabs on the continent’s hottest writers.
According to her, the five Asian writers to watch are: British-Indian Bidisha, Ichi Batacan who is a Filipino writer in Singapore, Kim Young-ha of Korea, Mai Jia of China and Prajwal Parajuly of Sikkim.
“At 27 Parajuly became the youngest ever Indian to secure an international book deal, debuting this year with The Ghurkha’s Daughter, a collection of short stories focused on the Nepali diaspora,” she says about Parajuly. “His new novel, The Land Where I Flee, again drawing on the stories of Nepali refugees, is due out in 2014. I think he’s inventive and fresh, and it’s great to be reading fiction from and about a country that holds such an intrigue.”