Program Category: Book Launches

At Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, we love books. Across the Festival’s five day program, authors both emerging and established will be releasing their publications at our free Book Launch series. Join the crowd and show your support for new words in the world.


Book Launch: Search Box Bed

25 Oct 2017 16:30 /

Urging readers to “fill the tiny / unmade bed of the search box,” these timely, alluring poems build on radically changing communication technologies to explore a new sexuality that does …

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Book Launch: Winter in Paris

26 Oct 2017 15:30 /

Paris is a city of poems. How does an Indonesian man with a background in computer science and IT translate Paris during winter into poetry? Join Riri Satria for the …

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Book Launch: Revolt

26 Oct 2017 15:30 /

From the bestselling author of The Holy Woman and Typhoon, Revolt is a brilliantly incisive portrait of small-town life, exploding into a panoramic portrayal of the nature of change, freedom, …

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Book Launch: Gentayangan: Pilih Sendiri Petualangan Sepatu Merahmu

26 Oct 2017 16:00 /

The cursed red shoes will take you to New York the city of rats, the Tijuana border, or a mosque in Jakarta, in a taxi or train that will not …

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Book Launch: Timor Ranguranga

26 Oct 2017 17:00 /

Eight years in the making, Timor Runguranga is an epic photobook taking you on an unforgettable journey through the wild, wild east of Timor-Leste. An uncut diamond at the edge …

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Book Launch: Mission to China: How an Englishman Brought the West to the Orient

27 Oct 2017 15:30 /

Walter Medhurst set sail from London for Malacca in 1816. It was the beginning of his career as a missionary, adventurer, printer, writer, translator, teacher and 19th century pioneer to …

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Book Launch: Moon Petals

27 Oct 2017 16:00 /

Join writer, YouTuber and spoken word poet from Jakarta, Jessica Ginting, for the launch of her debut poetry/prose collection. Featuring pieces both autobiographical and surreal, Moon Petals is adorned with …

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Book Launch: Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia

27 Oct 2017 17:00 /

Thought-provoking and eye-opening, Blood and Silk is an accessible, personal look at modern Southeast Asia, written by one of the region’s most experienced outside observers. Peering beyond brand new shopping …

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Book Launch: Laut Bercerita

27 Oct 2017 17:30 /

Laut Bercerita (The Sea Speaks His Name) is about the loss felt by families and friends of the ‘disappeareds’, whose chests feel empty with the search for answers. It’s a …

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Book Launch: Sai Rai

28 Oct 2017 14:00 /

A girl is turned to stone, but gives life from her tears. A young man who is in love with his mother wants to return into the woman who gave …

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Book Launch: UWRF17 Bilingual Anthology Launch

Each year the UWRF puts a call out to emerging writers across the archipelago: send us your stories. From hundreds of submissions, the most remarkable new Indonesian voices are published …

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Book Launch: Believe, Commit, Act

28 Oct 2017 15:30 /

Have you ever been overwhelmed with fears and past experiences that keep you from moving towards your goals? Believe, Commit, Act shows you how to clear distractions, make powerful decisions …

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Book Launch: Somebody Else’s Problem: Consumerism, Sustainability and Design

28 Oct 2017 15:30 /

Arguing that consumerism is the main engine driving climate change, Somebody Else’s Problem calls for a radical change in how we think about, design, make and use everyday products and …

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Book Launch: Going Global: Kita Semua Bisa Mendunia

28 Oct 2017 17:15 /

From Sumatra to East Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan to Papua, this inspiring collection of Indonesian success stories proves that no matter where you come from, you can become a global citizen. …

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Book Launch: Estonia: Simply Beautiful

29 Oct 2017 13:30 /

Estonia is a beautiful land rich in charming contrasts. The ancient soul of the country is represented by its architecture and rustic way of life, while its modern dynamics can …

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Book Launch: The Banda Islands: Hidden Histories and Miracles

29 Oct 2017 15:30 /

The Banda Islands have long fascinated explorers, anthropologists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and artists. These ‘islands of spicerie’, tiny, almost indiscernible specks on the map of Southeast Asia, have witnessed key …

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Book Launch: Sarap Ve Ask Masali

29 Oct 2017 16:00 /

Widie Purwo has founded various literature and arts communities, and through them he blends the classic with the contemporary and cultivates marginalized stories. Join him for the launch of his …

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