I spent a pleasant morning at Kinokuniya Bookstore. Well, it's always a good place to be, as any book-lover living in the Klang Valley will agree.
Drooled over several books and thought about buying them, but ended up with just one: Behind the Attic Wall (Avon Camelot Books, 315 pages) by Sylvia Cassedy. The cover is really shockingly unattractive, don't you think? Kino's children's and YA books buyer, Kit said to me: "American books have the ugliest covers."
I was at Kino to meet Sophia Ahmad, a journalist from the Bernama News Agency. Amir and I were supposed to be interviewed about our picture books. Our appointment was for 11, but Sophia didn't turn up til after one: a last minute assignment sent her to Shah Alam and she couldn't reach me on my mobile. No matter: more time to browse.
Eric Forbes (our editor at MPH Publishing) was mooching about and joined us for a chat (unfortunately, I was too busy stuffing my face with the scone to snap his pic).
Eric was on his way to an appointment with one of his writers and stopped at Kino to buy Tan Tuan Eng's The Gift of Rain (Myrmidon Books, 448 pages). I don't particularly want to read a book set during the Japanese occupation, but I will read this one because I have heard many good things about Tan's writing. I am, however, looking forward to the first Malaysian novel about modern-day Malaysia and Malaysians.
I'm on leave for one week, starting today, and I hope to get a lot of writing done (reviews, projects, email, blog). I also hope to watch at least one DVD a night. Tonight's film will be Pride and Prejudice ... the version starring Keira Knightley. I admit that I'm watching it just so I can bitch about it later. But who knows ....
Matthew Macfadyen as Mr Darcy and Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett in Joe Wright's film adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. (Austen must have cut this scene from her final draft!)