Meet Tash Aw, the award-winning author behind The Harmony Silk Factory, Five Star Billionaire, and the new beautifully crafted portrait of an outsider, We, The Survivors. Hooking critics and readers alike, Aw’s latest novel tells the story of misplaced hopes and dreams, set against a transitioning Malaysian society. This insightful, guided discussion with interviewer Bert Archer will uncover the history and experiences that inspired Aw’s most recent work, as well as explore the book’s themes of hope and the struggle for survival at all costs. Hosted by David Bradford.
Bert Archer is a Toronto writer, largely about travel and books he finds while travelling, for several newspapers and magazines in Canada and the US, including a new column that covers both travel and books for the Globe and Mail. You can follow his travels on Twitter @BertArcher and Instagram @World.of.Bert and read more about them at bertarcher.com.
Born in Taipei to Malaysian parents, Tash Aw grew up in Kuala Lumpur before moving to Britain to attend university. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, The Harmony Silk Factory (2005), Map of the Invisible World (2009) and Five Star Billionaire (2013), which have won the Whitbread First Novel Award, a regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; they have also been translated into 23 languages. His short fiction has won an O. Henry Prize and been published in A Public Space and the landmark Granta 100, amongst others.
David Bradford is a poet, essayist, and a founding editor of House House Press. He is the author of several chapbooks, including Nell Zink Is Damn Free (Blank Cheque Press, 2017) and The Plot (House House Press, 2018), and his work has appeared in Prairie Fire, Vallum, Poetry Is Dead, The Capilano Review, The Unpublished City, and elsewhere. He lives in Verdun, Qc, and his first book, Dream of No One but Myself, is forthcoming from Brick Books.