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[UPDATED] ANNOUNCEMENT: Shortlisted for the Penang Monthly Book Prize 2017!

Congratulations to Bernice Chauly on winning the Book Prize! I look forward to reading her book as soon as I get the chance.

I had some thoughts on the writing process, which I'd like to share here.

First and foremost I owe a huge thank you to Amir Muhammad of Buku Fixi and Valisa Iskandar from Fixi London for taking a chance on Kings of Petaling Street. This thanks is also extended to the many editors who participated in the editing process, which includes Eeleen Lee, Lyana Khairuddin, and Richard Sheehan; the  Penang Monthly for providing this excellent opportunity; and to the George Town Literary Festival organizers for starting the festival and providing a space for literature when we need it the most.
I have a very personal connection to this book, not just because it is my first published novel, but also because the writing process was so personal. I wrote this during a particularly difficult period during my undergraduate years at the University of British Columbia in Cana…

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