Yusof Gajah's popular 'Where is My Red Ball?" which has been translated into German and Korean is now available in Arabic at Lamsa World.
"It looks amazing and we love it," said Bilal Tahrawi, who is in charge of project management at Lamsa.
Yusof's book, along with many other wonderful apps for children may be viewed at www.lamsaworld.com
Lamsa Kids World is a state of the art digital service tailored for children availing a world of creativity and imagination. A wide array of content varying in context and type can be found at Lamsaworld and these include interactive stories, games, art, rhymes, and learning.
Lamsa's aim is to deliver true value to Arab speaking children throughout their childhood journey inline with cultural, traditional, and objective values.
The first six members of the SESA Alliance who will be exhibiting at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Hall 5.0 D33
Come and join us for drinks and tea on Wednesday 8th October 2014, 4.00-5.30pm
ANVIL PUBLISHING, INC. [The Philippines]
Anvil has been cited Publisher of the Year ten times and close to 138 of its titles have been given the National Book Award in different categories by the Manila Critics Circle. Founded and operationalized in 1990, it publishes and occasionally imports a wide range of books.
Contact: Karina Bolasco / firstname.lastname@example.org
Karina Africa Bolasco has been in the book publishing business for thirty-four years now—ten years at National Bookstore and twenty-four years at Anvil, which she founded and grew into the biggest and most prestigious publishing house in the Philippines today. Karina was hailed as one of the Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service in 1995 for her work in book publishing and literacy development. She was the 2004 Fellow for the Asia Leadership Fellow Program of the Japan Foundation and International House of Japan. She also represented the Philippines in the US-State Department International Visitor Program of 2005. She was a former chair of the National Committee on Cultural Education of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) from 1995 to 2001 and a current governor of the National Book Development Board (NBDB). She is Board Member of Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP) and Vice Chair of Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society, Inc. (FILCOLS). She has delivered a paper twice at the International Publishers Association Congress, in New Delhi (1992) and in Berlin (2004), and has spoken in many other book publishing conferences on publishing issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature.
BUKU FIXI [Malaysia]
Buku Fixi publishes contemporary urban novels in Malay and American [Fixi Novo] as well as translations of international bestsellers [Fixi Verso].
Contact: Amir Muhammad / email@example.com
Amir Muhammad is a Malaysian writer, publisher and occasional movie-maker. He has been writing for the Malaysian print media since the age of 14. His films and documentaries have been shown in many international film festivals including Sundance and Berlin. He set up Matahari Books in 2007 to publish non-fiction and film-related books on Malaysia; and Buku Fixi in 2011 to focus on urban contemporary novels.
KALACHUVADU PUBLICATIONS PVT LTD [India]
Kalachuvadu specialises in literary fiction, fiction, non-fiction and poetry in Tamil with an emphasis on marginal Dalit and women writings. We publish international fiction and non-fiction in translation.
Contact: Kannan Sundaram / firstname.lastname@example.org
Kannan Sundaram is the Managing Director and Publisher of Kalachuvadu Publication Pvt Ltd. as well as the Editor and Publisher of Kalachuvadu, a monthly journal for culture, society and politics. He co-organised ‘Tamil In 2000′, a privately funded International Tamil conference on 20th century Tamil writing and was part of the International Visitor program to the U.S in 2002 and the Frankfurt Book Fair fellowship program in 2007. Kannan is on a mission to get the best pieces of literature available in Tamil translated to other Indian and world languages and vice versa, and is attempting, through his magazine, to forge an international Tamil identity which is not abrasive, illiberal and separatist.
LE CHI CULTURE AND COMMUNICATIONS CO., LTD (CHIBOOKS) [Vietnam]
Established in 2008, CHIBOOKS aims to introduce to Vietnamese readers new, modern, well-known literature from famous writers all around the world. ChiBooks Literary Agency represents Vietnamese authors, illustrators and publishers for children's books, adult's fiction and non-fiction.
Contact: Nguyen Le Chi / email@example.com
Nguyen Le Chi is the founder and director of Chibooks. who had lots of experience in publishing industry. Prior to starting her own company in 2008, she worked as Copyright Department Manager and Deputy Director of Publishing at Phuong Nam Cultural Corporation (From May 2005 to January 2008) and Publishing Manager at Mekong Com Corp. (Vinabook) (from February 2008 to December 2008). She is among the first people who bought foreign copyrights to Vietnam, especially introducing Chinese modern literature to Vietnam.
YUSOF GAJAH LINGARD LITERARY AGENCY SDN BHD [Malaysia]
Established in 2009, the YGL Agency represents Malaysian authors, illustrators and publishers for children's books, adult's fiction and non-fiction. The Agency also represents foreign publishers to the local and international market.
Contact: Linda Tan Lingard / firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Tan Lingard is the managing partner of Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency. She has worked in the publishing industry for more than 20 years primarily in business, legal and tax publications. Linda has lived and worked in Jakarta, Hong Kong and UK and is keen to promote multicultural understanding through books and related activities. Linda is a Frankfurt Book Fair fellow and a fellow of the Asian Publishers Fellowship (Korea).
ZUBAAN PUBLISHERS PVT LTD [India]
Zubaan publishes fiction by South Asian women; general academic list in social sciences and humanities; children's and young adults' fiction and non-fiction.
Contact: Urvashi Butalia / email@example.com
Urvashi Butalia is a publisher and writer. Co-founder of Kali for Women, India’s first feminist publishing house, she is now Director of Zubaan, an imprint of Kali. Among her published works are Speaking Peace: Women’s Voices from Kashmir (edited) and the award winning history of Partition, The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India.
A newly formed publishers alliance - the Southeast and South Asia Alliance - will be having a combined stand at Frankfurt Book Fair this October.
The alliance comprised six companies as follows:
ANVIL PUBLISHING, INC. [The Philippines]
BUKU FIXI [Malaysia]
KALACHUVADU PUBLICATIONS PVT LTD [India]
LE CHI CULTURE AND COMMUNICATIONS CO., LTD (CHIBOOKS) [Vietnam]
YUSOF GAJAH LINGARD LITERARY AGENCY [Malaysia]
ZUBAAN PUBLISHERS PVT LTD [India]
"The idea for a southeast Asian publishing alliance has been floating around for some time," said Linda Tan Lingard, director of the YGL Agency, "and with the assistance of Claudia Kaiser, VP of Business Development at Frankfurt Book Fair, we decided to call for interested publishers to join in a combined stand at FBF this year."
Linda who spoke at Global Local India in February this year about publishing in southeast Asia was gratified by the response from several Indian publishers and in view of the geographical proximity and large Indian diaspora in southeast Asia, south Asia was included into the alliance.
Kannan Sundaram, publisher of Kalachuvadu Publications, India, will be looking to buy Tamil translation rights for international literary fiction and non fiction. "And we have original Tamil fiction now available in English that will interest foreign publishers." he added.
Malaysian publisher, Buku Fixi who won the Bookseller International Adult Trade Publisher Award at the London Book Fair this year is also part of the SESA Alliance.
"We will be looking for Malaysian translation rights for international pulp fiction and YA titles and to promote our own range of 50+ contemporary novels. Plus we are keen to meet and make friends!" said founder and owner Amir Muhammad who recently published Neil Gaiman's Ocean at the End of the Lane, Stephen King's Joyland and has got the Malaysian rights to Murakami's new book, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.
Le Chi Culture and Communications, popularly known as ChiBooks will also be exhibiting for the first time at the Frankfurt Book Fair. However, the publisher should be no stranger to international publishers as it is a key publisher of translations from UK, US, China and Taiwan in Vietnam. The Vietnamese publisher of Candace Bushnell, Rick Riordan and John Grogan among others, has translated, with some in the process, close to 200 titles since it was established in 2008.
Clearly the Vietnamese appetite for bestsellers, YA and chick lit is not on the wane as founder and CEO Le Chi is expecting to do more shopping at Frankfurt Book Fair. At the same time, the enterprising Le Chi is bringing with her a list of well-known Vietnamese authors to tempt publishers looking for new works from Vietnam.
Apart from the five publishers listed here, the YGL Agency has added more titles and publishers to their list in addition to their more popular Oyez!Books and Yusof Gajah children's titles. These include Suryastra, an independent publisher from India, Armour Publishing from Singapore; Wild Crane Press from Singapore, Litara Foundation from Indonesia and PTS Media Group from Malaysia in addition to Buku Fixi.
Suryastra, which means sun energy in Sanskrt has an eclectic list in art and design, literature and drama, science, environment and sustainable living; Armour Publishing has a good range of non-fiction titles on health, parenting, management and biographies as well as attractive value-based children's books for up to early teens.
Wild Crane Press, a new publisher, specialises in beautiful lusciously illustrated picture books.
And for those who are looking for specific Indonesian picture book titles for children, Litara Foundation, established in 2013 by five Indonesian authors and illustrators has wonderful stories that would make good introduction to Indonesian culture.
The PTS Media Group is an innovative and leading trade publisher in Malaysia with a comprehensive range of books from children, YA, fiction, non-fiction to Islamic titles.
"This is only just the beginning," said Linda. "You could say the Frankfurt Book Fair is the SESA Alliance's first outing. If there are enough publishers, we may have combined stands at other fairs such as the London Book Fair. And it's not just international fairs we are thinking about. We have already started discussions with Silverfish Books, an independent bookstore and publisher in Malaysia to have a rotation of publishers from around the region to promote and sell their books at Silverfish. We are expecting publishers from India, Singapore and New Zealand to join in this promotion next year."
The SESA Alliance will be having drinks and tea at their stand in Hall 5.0 D33 on Wednesday 8th October 2014 at the Frankfurt Book Fair, 4.00-5.30pm. All are welcome.
Mohana Gill's latest book, Myanmar: Cuisine, Culture & Customs has been awarded the World Gourmand Award's prestigious title of Best in the World (Best Asian Cuisine Book), at their recent 2014 award ceremony in Beijing.
This is not the first time the prolific cookbook writer has won recognition from the World Gourmand organisation. Fruitastic (2006) won the Gourmand's Award of the Jury; Vegemania (2007) won Best Vegetarian Book in the World award; and two of her children's books, Hayley's Fruitastic Garden (2010) won Best Health and Nutrition Book (Malaysia) while Hayley's Vegemania Garden (2010) won Best Vegetarian Cuisine Book (Malaysia).
While all the books are special to her, Mohana's Myanmar book is a homecoming for her as she was born and brought up in Myanmar. The book contained not only recipes but also photographs of places in Myanmar. Mohana also had the pleasure to launch her book during the Myanmar Literary Festival in February this year at the Monument Bookstore.
The book was also launched in Kuala Lumpur at the beautiful Carcosa Sri Negara where guests were served specially prepared Myanmar cuisine with recipes from the book. His Excellency U. Tha Aung Nyun, Ambassador of the Union of Myanmar in Malaysia launched the book. Special guests include Mr Ramachandran, Executive Director of the National Book Development Council of Singapore, family members and friends.
May 2014. The Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency will be exhibiting at the 21st Tokyo International Book Fair from 2-5 July where Malaysia will be the Theme Country. The Malaysian team comprising 20 Malaysian companies and organisations will be led by the Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books (ITBM).
ITBM has organised a number of activities during the fair including book launches by Datuk Lat and Yusof Gajah.
Yusof Gajah will be launching Sang Montel, published by ITBM and his latest book, Eledoodle. The VIP officiating the launch is Mr Shinji Tajima, president of the International Center for Literacy and Culture, Tokyo.
"We are highlighting a number of books especially picture books by Yusof Gajah, Emila Yusof, Jainal Amambing, Rossiti Aishah Rashidi and Mohana Gill. One of Yusof's early books, The Real Elephant has been translated into Japanese and is still in print today," said Linda Tan Lingard, director of the Agency.
Apart from picture books, the Agency is also highlighting a book of poems for children by Mahaya Mohd Yassin. The poems in the book, 'Sakura', were written by Mahaya when she lived in Japan a number of years ago.
At the same time, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Tokyo, has invited both Yusof and Linda for an evening of talks and fellowship. The talks will focus on Malaysian children's books with Yusof sharing his experiences as an illustrator of children's books.
"I have never ceased to be amazed at how books can connect us and it is indeed what our Agency is committed to doing - connecting authors and readers from different parts of the world," said Linda.
April 2014. Yusof Gajah and his wife, Zakiah, are off to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair which runs from 30 April to 5 May.
Zakiah will be conducting batik painting activities at the fair's Creativity Corner while Yusof will have a stand at the Illustrators' Corner in addition to conducting several activities for children. Last year, Malaysian illustrator, Emila Yusof was the invited guest at the Illustrators' Corner.
Yusof Gajah has always been in demand for drawing and story telling activities with children, both in Malaysia as well as overseas and Zakiah has been his constant helper.
In recent years, however, Zakiah's batik painting workshops have been gaining popularity and she has been active in several book fairs and festivals in Malaysia as well as overseas, including Singapore, Shanghai, Korea and now, Abu Dhabi. Apart from teaching batik painting, Zakiah also paints large batik pieces which have been displayed at Nami Island, Korea; and Langkawi Island, Malaysia.
"I am happy that many people, both children and adults like batik painting. And I am grateful to have the opportunity to share with them the joy of batik painting," said Zakiah. "I thank the Perbadanan Kota Buku that I have the chance to share batik painting in Shanghai and Singapore last year and more recently at the KL book fair," she added.
We hope the children at Abu Dhabi will also enjoy batik painting with Malaysian batik ambassador, Zakiah.
Malaysia's leading publisher, Karangkraf, has signed on children's book writer and illustrator, Emila Yusof for a series of books based on Dina, her little Malaysian girl character.
Karangkraf will be publishing two Dina books, Taman Bunga Emak Saya (My Mother's Garden) and Dapur Emak Saya (My Mother's Kitchen) in time for the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair in April.
Originally published in English as early readers, and now available as ebooks at www.kotabuku.my, the two books have been expanded to suit the Malay reading market. Readers of the Malay edition will have a fuller story while the illustrations will surely enchant little girls as Dina is your regular Malaysian girl. Read more...
The Korean rights of Yusof Gajah's Creative Learning Series, comprising five books, have been sold to Econ Publishing house based in Paju Book City, Seoul. The deal was brokered by sub-agent, Lee Hansang. Apps for the books, by another Korean company, is also part of the deal.
Lee, who met Yusof a few years ago at Nami Island said,"I love Yusof Gajah's work and am delighted that his books will be available for Korean children."
The books are expected to be published next month, in time for the Paju Book Festival in May. Established more than 15 years ago, Econ is part of the large publishing group Munhak donne (meaning Literacy Town).
It has been a busy fair for the Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency this year at the Bologna Book Fair with a few deals signed and more being negotiated.
Yusof Gajah sold German rights to his book, "Where is my red ball?" and Arabic digital rights for the same book, with more books from his "Creative Learning Series", already sold to Korea, to be added.
German rights for Jainal Amambing's "Magic Buffalo" were also sold to Baobab Books, based in Switzerland. Baobab is a specialist publisher that promotes cultural diversity in children's and youth literature.
CEO Badr Ward of Dubai-based digital publisher, Lamsa Kids World, was thrilled with the creative and bright colours of Yusof Gajah's illustrations.
"We provide interactive digital books for children and you can really do so many fun and creative things with Yusof Gajah's books," he said.
He was pleased to add two books by Emila Yusof, "My Mother's Garden" and "My Mother's Kitchen" to the Lamsa platform which currently reaches more than 200,000 children in the Arab world.
"While the little girl character, Dina, is not Arabic, we also want to expose our children to other cultures. And with our technology, we can make the books interactive to give a fun learning experience for children," he added referring to the learning environment that the Dina series provides.
The two Dina books, in a bigger format with richer content and in the Malay language were displayed at the Bologna Book Fair by Karangkraf, a leading publisher in Malaysia.
On Wednesday, Yusof Gajah was busy at the China Children's Press and Publication Group (CCPPG) stand in Hall 26 where he was one of the illustrators feted at their launch, 'Let's Tell Stories Together' - a Fruitful Collaboration on Children's Literature between China and the Rest of the World.
Yusof illustrated the book, "How to Teach an Elephant to Jump" written by award-winning Chinese author, Xiao Mao.
"I hope our publishers will establish long term cooperative ties with partners overseas so that more Chinese children's literature as well as picture books can reach international readers on a regular basis," says Li Xueqian, President of the group in a news release.
China's Xinhua.net quoted Ahmad Redza Khairuddin, president of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), that China is at the forefront of the children's book market for its "proactive way of approaching literature."
A Malaysian, IBBY President Ahmad Redza is noted for his commitment to diversity in children's literature both at home and abroad.
The Perbadanan Kota Buku (PKB) or the Malaysian Book City Corporation held a forum on Wednesday with the topic: 'Celebrating Diversity in Children's Literature' with speakers Sayed Munawar, CEO of PKB; Fred Minn, Director of Nami Concours, Korea; Jean Liu, CEO ofMoker, Taiwan and China; Angela Cerrito, International Asst Advisor, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI); and Chris Cheng, Board Member of the Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC),Singapore.
Fred Minn gave a comprehensive overview of Nami Island, the story book island which was impressive both in scope and vision. Nami Island is known for their international co-operations with regular country-focused festivals on the island itself.
Angela Cerrito said that SCBWI now covers more than 70 regions worldwide with more than 22,000 members, making it the largest children's book writers and illustrators organisation in the world today. A physical therapist herself, Angela commented on the importance of having diversity and inclusiveness in children's literature to encourage understanding and acceptance.
Chris Cheng gave a concise outline of what happens at the annual Asian Festival of Children's Content in Singapore and highlighted the new Rights Exchange programme at this year's festival which will be held from 29 May to 4 June. Chris is also on the International Advisory Board of SCBWI, a strong supporter of AFCC.
In her presentation, Jean Liu demonstrated the animated books Moker had done for several books represented by the YGL Agency including "My Mother's Garden" by Emila Yusof, "Puteri Toman" by Rossiti Aishah Rashidi with illustrations by Farrah Ashiela Samsuri; and "The Proud Butterfly" by Jainal Amambing.
"It was amazing to see the books come to life," said Linda Tan Lingard, director of the Agency who has signed several books deal with Moker since 2012 and added a few more at Bologna.
Among the new additions was a ten-book series of Sang Kancil, the eponymous mouse deer in Malaysian folktales illustrated by Jaafar Taib, a prominent Malaysian artist of wild birds and who had made his name as founder and creator of several long running comic magazines. The Sang Kancil books will be published by Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia or the Malaysian Institute of Translation & Books.
"It's just wonderful to meet people from different parts of the world who are passionate about children's literature; we can learn so much from each other," said Linda.
At the Bologna book fair, Linda followed up on some discussions that were started at the New Delhi World Book Fair in February this year and new announcements will be made soon.
The Frankfurt Book Fair organised a Malaysian-German publisher get together at the German collective stand on Monday. Within one hour, each party was introduced to more than six publishers from the other side.
"It was good to meet and talk with some German publishers and I thought the DIY mechanical kits for children by a publisher was particularly interesting. I like to meet many different people and get to know what is outstanding about their books or products and keep a sort of storehouse of information that can be accessed later," said Linda.
At the Malaysian country stand led by the Book City Corporation, Norhayati Razali, Manager in charge of Book Industry Development and Ishak Hamzah, vice-president of the Malaysian Book Publishers Association were seen inviting people to the coming Kuala Lumpur Trade & Copyright fair which will be held from 22-24 April while a Publishing & Rights Conference will be held on 21 April. The Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair will be held from 24 April - 4th May and is an exciting fair that attracts more than 1.5million visitors every year.
The YGL agency will be taking a stand at the KL Fair. "We have a number of new books and the KL Trade & Copyright fair is ideal for us to introduce those books. Typically, the fair is good to meet publishers from around the region," said Linda.
"In addition, we're keen to introduce some foreign titles that we have identified at the Bologna book fair," she said. This included the Borre series of readers from Netherlands which now total more than 200 titles and foreign rights have been sold to Korea and China.