PENANG, Malaysia In a beautifully refurbished colonial building next to George Town's coastal thoroughfare, a tight-knit yet diverse crowd is hungry for answers. A microphone is passed around, and people rock nervously in their chairs as they wait to throw questions at a row of international authors and editors, who are animated after a heated discussion. Above their heads, the word "monsters" poses a question: Are writers really monsters in the age of fear and globalization?
Malaysian festival puts Asian literature in the spotlight
George Town event highlights rising writers and regional trends