June 4, 2023


Connecting Asian writers with global readers

“We need more readers to support our work.”- Tutu Dutta (Malaysian Author)

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Team Kitaab is in conversation with Malayasian author Tutu Dutta as a part of the South Asian Women Writers Feature.

For the whole of March, we will be featuring South Asian Women Writers on Kitaab for the whole of March. You can read the editor’s note to know more about this.

Today, we are featuring Malaysian writer of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Tutu Dutta. She has a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Putra Malaysia and an MPhil from the University of Malaya, which she earned while working as a Research Fellow at the University. As an undergraduate, she also spent a summer at Sophia University, Tokyo, learning about Japanese Culture, Theatre, and History, thanks to a scholarship from Japan Airlines.

Dutta is the author of ten books including Phoenix Song (with illustrator, Martina Peluso), Timeless Tales of Malaysia, Eight Treasures of the Dragon, and The Jugra Chronicles. Nights of the Dark Moon, a collection of dark folktales was published in 2017. This was followed by The Principal Girl, an anthology of feminist-leaning tales, she co-edited with Sharifah Aishah Osman.  Her latest book, The Blood Prince of Langkasuka, a reimagining of the ancient legend of a vampire king from Langkasuka; was published by Penguin Southeast Asia. The Blood Prince of Langkasuka was released worldwide on Amazon.com on 1 Feb 2021.

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