We are thrilled that two out of the four shortlisted books for the Penang Monthly Book Prize! Iban Woman by Golda Mowe and Finding Maria by Dawn Farnham are both in the running for the prize. The winner will be announced later this year so until then, we are keeping our fingers crossed. The Penang Monthly Book Prize – the only one of its kind in Malaysia – is a welcome addition to the country’s literary landscape.“It is time we celebrate the literary scene in Malaysia, and a book prize for Malaysian literature, based in Penang, is something that cries out to be done. I’m hopeful that in time the Penang Monthly Book Prize will come to symbolise the importance of Penang as an intellectual hub, and help rejuvenate a strong sense of pride and confidence in Penang’s cultural depth.” – Editor Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng.