17 Jul 2015: July 2015 Updates from Areca Books


The Chulia in Penang book cover

Book on Tamil Muslim community wins prestigious international award
Areca Books is delighted to announce that The Chulia in Penang: Patronage and Place-Making around the Kapitan Kling Mosque 1786–1957 by Khoo Salma Nasuton has won the ICAS Book Prize, the Colleagues’ Choice Award.

icas award croppedThe Chulia in Penang was also one of six books which made it to the ICAS Best Study in the Humanities 2015 shortlist. Out of a total of 175 books submitted by publishers from all over the world, The Chulia in Penang has won one of the five top ICAS Book Prizes. The award was presented at the ICAS 9 Conference held in Adelaide from 5–9 July 2015.

A big thank you to all those who voted for the book and helped spread the word !

Meet our newsletter editor
1545814_431418903656996_709680141_nIf you have enjoyed receiving our weekly e-newsletter, you might like to meet the editor, Raja Abdul Razak. Hailing from Ipoh and Teluk Intan, he has lived in Penang since the late 80s but has never been able to cut ties with his hometowns and is still a Perakian at heart. He joined Areca Books as a guest editor in April 2013. His first major assignment was to help produce Rumah. Working on that book stoked memories of his own past, which he then expressed in a two-part essay A Tale of Two Heritage Homes. Since then, his involvement at Areca Books has expanded into other areas such as, but not limited to, production of the weekly newsletter, updating the bookstore’s website and other miscellaneous tasks which involve technical know-how. He enjoys his work as much his leisure hours, which are taken up mainly by a penchant for music and reading.