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Indonesian Book Club – Home

A book club interested in elevating public perceptions of Indonesia and it's rich tradition of literature.

Oct 18, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia

The Centre for Stories, in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Perth, is thrilled to announce the continuation of our popular monthly book club. Mark your calendars for the third Wednesday of each month as we gather for insightful discussions and delightful literary journeys.

One of the objectives of this book club is to elevate public perceptions of Indonesia and to develop a deeper understanding of the rich tradition of literature.

This month’s book is Home by Leila S Chudori.

Please note this event will be held at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia.

Indonesian snacks and finger foods will be provided.


“An epic saga of families and friends entangled in the cruel snare of history” (Time Magazine). Home examines the tragedy of political exiles during Suharto’s regime (1965-1998) forced out of Indonesia after the 1965 massacre of presumed leftists and sympathizers, alternating between Paris and Jakarta, delving into the lives of the exiles, their families and friends. A story of longing, lust, and betrayal, but also love, laughter, adventure, and mouthwatering descriptions of Indonesian food, Home further illuminates Indonesia’s tragic twentieth-century history made known in the West by the Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing.

About the author

Leila S. Chudori (Jakarta, 1962) is Indonesia’s most prominent and outspoken female author & journalist. She has worked at the renowned Indonesian newsmagazine TEMPO since 1989, where she is now Senior Editor. A scholarship recipient, she completed university studies at Trent University in Canada and returned to Indonesia in 1988. Chudori started publishing as a child at the age of 12 in children’s magazines, and she is the author of several anthologies of short stories, novels, TV & film scripts, Chudori is considered one of Indonesia’s boldest storytellers.


Alberta Natasia Adji is a contemporary author living in Perth. She has published her short fiction in New Writing, Meniscusand The Incompleteness Book. Her current creative project is concerned with family history within a Chinese-Indonesian context and the genre of auto/biographical fiction.

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