On November 24, Philip Bowring’s book, Empire of the Winds: The Global Role of Asia’s Great Archipelago, published by I.B. Tauris, took home the 2019 Penang Book Prize, which is awarded annually by city magazine Penang Monthly. Bowring also receives RM5,000 in prize money.
Inaugurated in 2017, the Penang Book Prize – the only one of its kind in Malaysia – was previously known as the Penang Monthly Book Prize. The name change in 2019 reflects the category change from fiction to non-fiction.
“Non-fiction has certainly been the right decision judging from the number and quality of books that were submitted by ...
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