Friday, April 24, 2009

Perara Hussein Publishing House

From April 2009, Select Books will be the Singapore distributor for Perara Hussein Publishing House (Ph), a publisher based in Sri Lanka. Ph is a fairly young setup - it was established only in 2003 - but it has progressed in leaps and bounds. They work with both emerging and established writers, and pay close attention to ensuring high quality in both the literary content as well as production value of their books. Already, they have a substantial list, with several titles long- and short-listed for various literary prizes.

Moon in the Water by Ameena Hussein was on the long list for the 2007 Man Asian Literary Prize.

Learning to Fly by Shehani Gomes was on the short-list for the 2005 Gratiaen Prize. The Gratiaen Prize is a literary award in Sri Lanka established by Michael Ondaatje, who won the Booker Prize in 1992 for The English Patient, and used the prize money to establish the award.

The Sweet & Simple Kind by Yasmin Gooneratne was on the short-list for the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

We look forward to representing them in Singapore

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