Malaysian creator Hanna Alkaf wins US ebook award, begins 2020 with a bang

Native creator Hanna Alkaf has received the US-based Freeman Ebook Awards for her debut novel The Weight Of Our Sky. The KL-born was named one of many winners within the Younger Grownup/Excessive College Literature class for her acclaimed novel set towards the backdrop of the Might 13 riots in Malaysia in 1969.

The opposite winner beneath the identical class is Philippines author Randy Ribay for his coming-of-age novel Patron Saints Of Nothing.

“I used to be very excited to get the information!” says Hanna, 35, upon discovering out about her win on Monday.

“I simply waited for the official announcement to be made to inform individuals,” she provides.

The award winners had been introduced just lately.

“I believe any author will let you know that receiving any form of award is a pleasant validation of your work. An award is just not needed and never the purpose of writing a ebook, however it’s actually a lot appreciated!” shares Hanna, a mom of two.

The Freeman Ebook Awards was arrange in 2016 to recognise high quality books for kids and younger adults that contribute to an understanding of East and South-East Asia.

Hanna‘s The Weight Of Our Sky, revealed early final 12 months beneath US writer Simon & Schuster’s Salaam Reads imprint, tells the story of Melati, a teenage lady combating psychological sickness.

Within the ebook, Melati will get caught up within the violent race riots. With a 24-hour curfew in place, and racial tensions sparking all over the place, Melati has to get again to her mom. It can, nevertheless, take the assistance of a form and considerably reluctant Chinese language boy named Vincent to take action.

A Bahasa Malaysia translation of her novel, named Di Situ Langit Dijunjung, was revealed by indie writer Fixi.

Late final 12 months, Hanna’s novel was additionally was a webcomic on the portal Webtoon ( It was tailored by US-based Webtoon producer Susan Cheng and American author Alya Rehman in addition to the all-Malaysian crew of illustrator Nisrina AN and colourists Nurel and Toadfrogs.

Hanna is clearly exhibiting no indicators of slowing down. Her debut center grade novel, The Woman & The Ghost, a few younger Malay lady and acquainted spirit, is about to be revealed this August by US writer HarperCollins.

She can be one of many 15 writers to contribute to As soon as Upon An Eid, a group of brief tales about Eid, which can hit the bookstores in Might.

“Recognition is at all times good. However my purpose was and stays to put in writing tales for younger Malaysians which might be about younger Malaysians,” she concludes.

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