Dina Zaman’s stories the choice of readers in Malaysia

Dina Zaman’s collection of short stories, King Of The Sea, bagged the top prize in the fiction category at Popular-The Star Readers’ Choice Awards, beating award-winning writer Tan Twan Eng’s The Garden Of Evening Mists.

With the culmination of a month-long voting campaign by the public, the announcement was made at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre yesterday to coincide with day one of this year’s BookFest@Malaysia, the annual nine-day book festival organised by the Popular Book Company.

“I’ve never won anything in my life, even in a lucky draw – and to beat Tan Twan Eng, a writer that I really, really admire; it’s an interesting Ramadan for me, thank you!” Dina said.

Her series of short, whimsical tales inspired by her hometown in Terengganu beat South Africa-based Malaysian writer Tan’s piece of historical fiction.

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