Program Category: Book Launches

Across the Festival’s five day program, authors both emerging and established will be releasing their publications at our free Book Launch series. Join them to show your support for new words in the world.


Book Launch: Dancing in Silver, the Jewellery of Runi Palar

24 Oct 2018 16:30 /

Dancing in Silver is a retrospective of the remarkable designs of Runi Palar, Indonesia’s first modern jeweler. A Central Javanese princess and famed court dancer, in Europe and New York …

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Book Launch: PAUSE; URBAN DECAY

25 Oct 2018 15:00 /

This photobook observes urban, everyday spaces often viewed as unimportant due to the hegemony of future-oriented perspectives. How important is a bedroom for you? Humans won’t survive without a space …

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Book Launch: Nayla

25 Oct 2018 15:30 /

First published in Indonesian in 2005 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama, the English translation of Nayla is by Sebastian Partogi, edited by Kan Lumé. Nayla is a young girl who is …

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Book Launch: Gugug!

25 Oct 2018 16:00 /

Gugug! is a graphic novel inviting readers to try to realize humans are not too distant from animals. When we realize this, we can learn that animals and humans, nature …

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Book Launch: Girl Submerged

25 Oct 2018 16:30 /

Your narrator, Sirena, shares vivid dreams, watery emotions, and visions – what most people keep to themselves. Sirena’s story traverses the uncovering of buried sexual trauma, healing through an intimate …

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Book Launch: Banjarmelati

26 Oct 2018 15:30 /

In a traditional Javanese Muslim village, a career woman returns from Jakarta and reveals the story of her life, urging her two siblings to reveal their own. From Banjarmelati to …

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Book Launch: Komodo – In Pursuit of the Living Legends

26 Oct 2018 16:00 /

Photographer Volker Kess captures the realm of the Komodo dragons in an impressive and lively compilation – eye-catching photos and exciting anecdotes, supported by background information and personal thoughts. Volker’s …

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Book Launch: Myth, Magic and Mystery in Bali

27 Oct 2018 14:00 /

Ranging from knowledgeable to subjective, serious to humorous, sarcastic to empathetic to daring and with a whiff of moral pondering, Jean Couteau’s articles share philosophical and social considerations no travel …

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Book Launch: Asia Reborn

27 Oct 2018 15:30 /

In the first single chronicle of the modern economic and political history of the whole of Asia told from an Asian perspective, Asia Reborn weaves a compelling account of how …

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Book Launch: The Sacred Trails of Singhawangsa

27 Oct 2018 16:00 /

The Sacred Trails of Singhawangsa transports us to the age when ancient Bali’s civilization was in the north, the homeland of lords and great leaders of the archipelago. It was …

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Book Launch: UWRF18 Bilingual Anthology

27 Oct 2018 16:00 /

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

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Book Launch: Gong dan Palegongan: Jejak Historis dan Estetis Mpu Ageng I Gusti Putu Made Geria

27 Oct 2018 16:30 /

A revered maestro, IGP Made Geria has a deep knowledge and understanding of the traditional Balinese art of palegongan. His long journey as a practitioner, teacher and researcher has created …

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Book Launch: Buddha is a Punk Skater

28 Oct 2018 14:00 /

In a teaching career spanning decades, Wayne Furlong might just have seen it all. Buddha is a Punk Skater captures the life lessons learned along the way, in a look …

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Book Launch: Prayers on Canvas: Paintings, Spirituality and Humanity

28 Oct 2018 14:30 /

Prayers on Canvas or Wirid on Canvas is the first book celebrating the work of Nasirun, one of Indonesia’s greatest living painters. During a period of energy and inspiration the …

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Book Launch: Angkot dan Bus Minangkabau. Budaya Pop dan Nilai-nilai Populer

28 Oct 2018 15:00 /

Creative, funny, dynamic, nyentrik – the vibrant pop art on the wildly decorated buses and passenger vans (angkot) of West Sumatra is a sight to behold. This bilingual book, translated …

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Book Launch: Touring Reality Without a Guide

28 Oct 2018 15:30 /

Short, short stories that resonate in the mind for a long, long time. This is a unique flash fiction collection for grownups who envy their kid’s illustrated books, giving readers …

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