Literature in the Digital Age

loading (Left to right) Penang Book Prize Judge, Gareth Richards; Zairil Khir Johari; Penang Book Prize 2019 Winner, Philip Bowring; and Penang Book Prize Judge and Managing Editor of Penang Monthly, Dato' Dr Ooi Kee Beng. Photo: GTLF.

They say a picture paints a thousand words. This may be true, but I also think that a thousand words paint a better picture. In order to put my claim to test, I will proceed to write this article in exactly one thousand words. I was recently given the honour of presenting the 2019 Penang Book Prize, a literary award that is now a staple of the annual George Town Literary Festival. The inaugural winner was Once We Were There by Bernice Chauly, a tale of a mother’s ordeal as her daughter is kidnapped amid political upheavals in Malaysia in the ...

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