Tan Twan Eng-The Garden of Evening MistsHere is one more author to join the bandwagon against the book pulping decision by the NLB Singapore.

Booker Prize shortlisted writer Tan Twan Eng has written an open letter to the National Library Board of Singapore in this regard:

Hello Fellow Readers and Book-Lovers,

Sometime in 2010 the National Library Board of Singapore (‘NLB’) requested my permission to excerpt 10 pages of The Gift of Rain for an anthology the NLB was planning to publish with the editorial expertise of a panel of leading academics from Singapore and South East Asia. I was, naturally, honoured to be asked, and I gave my permission.

Titles in translation dominate shortlist for world’s most valuable literary prize: The Telegraph

Tan Twan Eng-The Garden of Evening MistsThe only Asian writer to feature on the recently announced IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is Tan Twan Eng with his marvelous novel, The Garden of Evening Mists.

This year’s shortlist features 10 writers from across the globe, including five novels in translation from Argentina, Colombia, France, Norway and the Netherlands. The only title by a UK author to make the list is The Light of Amsterdam by Northern Irish novelist David Park.

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.