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30 March 2019: Mak Yong – World Heritage Theatre April 15, 2019 – Posted in: Newsletters

Featuring detailed research with rare and vintage photographs from the author’s personal collection, this enormously readable book is intended to alert the public and authorities to the importance of Mak Yong and its current state of endangerment, and to spur efforts towards its safeguarding. In 2005, Mak Yong was designated a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, and included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008. The ancient dance-theatre…

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19 Jan 2019: Penang Thaipusam – a journey of faith – Posted in: Newsletters

On Monday January 21, Hindus will celebrate Thaipusam. Every year, thousands of devotees make their way to Penang to participate and witness this “Journey of Faith” that is centred at the Nattukotai Chettiars Thandayuthapani Temple and the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Hilltop Temple. The Thaipusam tradition was brought to Penang through the South Indian diaspora during the late 18th century and has since evolved and grown to such an extent that it has assimilated unique local characteristics…

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29 Dec 2018: Recognition for the founder of Kuala Lumpur – Posted in: Newsletters

Hello reader, Popular history credited two people with the founding of Kuala Lumpur. One was the third kapitan Yap Ah Loy and the other was the Bugis aristocrat Raja Abdullah. Both these claims are erroneous, says Abdur-Razzaq Lubis, author of the book Sutan Puasa, Founder of Kuala Lumpur, because their versions of history ignored the presence of Sutan Puasa on the spot at the time. Closer examination reveals that the founding myths of Kuala Lumpur have omitted the…

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14 Dec 2018: New release – P. Singaram’s ‘Beyond the Sea’ – Posted in: Newsletters

This English translation of a classic Tamil novel, set in the diverse, polyglot world of Penang in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, is a delight to read. Beyond the Sea tells the story of Chellaia, a young man working in a money-lending business, who fancies his boss’s daughter. When his life as a moneylender is disrupted by the Japanese Occupation of Malaya, he, like many of his peers, joins the Indian National Army. After…

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24 Nov 2018: Check out our Silverfish selections! April 8, 2019 – Posted in: Newsletters

This month Areca Books celebrates the world of fiction and non-fiction titles, featuring our tasty selections from Silverfish Books.Lovers of well crafted stories from here and there, don’t forget to check these out and more at our new shop or online at www.arecabooks.com !  25 Malaysian Short Stories: Best of Silverfish New Writing 2001-2005  Bunga Emas (Second Edition) Faultlines 21 Immortals Inspector Mislan and the DUKExpressway Murders Inspector Mislan and the UTube Serial Rapes News From Home…

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Areca Books has a new outlet ! August 2, 2018 – Posted in: Newsletters

The staff and management of Areca Books are pleased to announce that our new bookstore at 72 Lebuh Acheh, George Town, Penang is now open. It is located in the heart of the George Town World Heritage Site and next to the Armenian Street pocket park. Thank you for your support and we look forwardto your continued patronage! Visit our new bookshop at 72 Lebuh Acheh. We open daily, 10am – 6pm. Tel: +604-2618186 |…

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12 June 2018: IFLA invitation July 26, 2018 – Posted in: Newsletters

An invitation to the satellite meeting of The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library & Information Congress 2018. Hosted by Areca Books. On behalf of the organisers we would like to invite you to the IFLA Satellite Meeting for Local Histories & Genealogies in Multicultural Asia. People searching for their own genealogies and local histories are constantly dealing with a diversity of languages, complex naming and genealogical traditions, hybrid cultural identities and…

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4 May 2018: Areca Books is having a moving-out sale ! May 7, 2018 – Posted in: Newsletters

We are also having a moving-out sale! Generous discounts on selected books — check out the titles below. Offer applies to in-store purchases only! After 3 years and 9 months at The Star Pitt Street, we are moving to 72 Lebuh Acheh (Acheen Street) in order to consolidate the editorial office, marketing and bookshop in one convenient locality. Watch this space for the opening date !  

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