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Thank you, Mas Tama.

Remember, remember… 13 of April. Saya akan selalu mengingat tanggal ini, hari ketika CEO yang telah 11 tahun memimpin Trans TV, Wishutama, memutuskan untuk resign.

Saya bukanlah pegawai yang dekat dengannya. Saya amat jarang berbicara dengan beliau, paling-paling bertegur sapa ketika bertemu di lift, atau lobby, atau di lantai 8, atau jika kebetulan Mas Tama mampir ke lantai 7. Mas Tama dikenal sebagai boss yang cukup keras dan tegas, tapi di balik itu, setiap pegawainya tahu kalau dia memimpin dengan hati.
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(No Longer) The Ugly Sister

As we started out our Two Days Workshop, our mentor, Mr. Aaron R. Thomas said, “TV series is no longer the ugly sister of features film.” This sentence made us laugh. The word ‘ugly sisters’ seems to me a strong word. It contains underestimate on it. The thing is; it’s not wrong either. “Most of young writers,” Mr. Thomas continued his lecture, “prefer to become writer of features film. Becoming TV Series writer is never been their first option, and so was I.” But then he told us story of how he ends-up as a TV Series writer. He started as an Unpaid Intern, up to now he’s a Supervising Producer (which of course he earns good payment).

Aaron R. Thomas is writer for CSI: NY, Numb3rs and Friday Night Lights. His lecture let us to know more about ‘procedural driven plot’, which is not very often use in Indonesian TV Series. Our TV Series, or as we called as sinetron, mostly use ‘character driven plot’ that focus on emotional of the character. This kind of plot, I must say, is Indonesian audiences’ favorite.

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Crazy Little Thing Called Book

If you ask me who is the guy that loves book very much, the answer will be Richard Oh. Four years back he owned a tasteful QB Bookstore, which sadly now it’s closed. My husband and I went to his place several times, and he always welcomed us on his working room, which in my opinion is more of like unorganized library. You can find books everywhere and no place to sit in. I imagine Richard was like Scrooge McDuck, swimming on his pool of coins, but instead of coins, it’s pool of books. Now, he opens The Reading Room in Kemang, Jakarta. This place is super cozy with calming choice of color concept, the music, the coffee and Wi-Fi. It also has a screening room with 20 seats on it (filmmakers are going to love this place!), where films can be screened for limited audience. What makes it more special, instead of wall; you’ll find pile of books separate each area of The Reading Room. Most of the books are imported literature. Don’t be surprise if one day you visit The Reading Room and spot your favorite writer working seriously on his computer in a corner. This place is heaven for writer who needs to condition his writing atmosphere. And the good news is; it’s open as early as 9 AM. On the weekend it even opens until 2 AM, while on weekdays it opens until 12 PM. If QB Bookstore was basically a bookstore with a small café on it, The Reading Room is more of a café with tons of books on it. There are more than 5000 books in The Reading Room. Richard’s personal collection is in the 2nd floor, closed in glass cupboards and can only be read there. The book on the cupboard cannot be bought, however if you want, you can buy books outside the cupboard with IDR 50,000-125,000. Visit The Reading Room in Jalan Kemang Timur No. 57A-B, Jakarta.

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Ilustrator Gadis Kretek

Hampir sebulan Gadis Kretek terbit, kover novel ini banyak menuai komentar sebab dianggap “provokatif”. Pertanyaan yang paling sering saya dengar adalah, “siapa yang bikin ilustrasi kovernya, Mbak?” Kenalkan, ini Pak Iksaka Banu, ilustrator Gadis Kretek. Dia telah dengan sabar mendengarkan konsep saya atas keseluruhan novel ini. Berkali-kali ilustrasi harus bolak-balik antara saya, Mbak Mirna (editor GPU) dan Pak Iksaka, hingga akhirnya kami sepakat pada hasil akhir yang kini bisa dilihat mewujud dalam fisik novel Gadis Kretek. Sapa ia di link ini: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166159237

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Oleh-oleh Dari Peluncuran Novel Gadis Kretek

Novel Gadis Kretek akhirnya resmi lahir. Tanggal 9 Maret 2012, di TB Gramedia, Grand Indonesia, jam 15:00-17:00 wib telah diluncurkan. Pada hari ini, juga untuk pertama kalinya saya memegang buku ini secara nyata, sebab memang buku betul-betul fresh from the oven, alias baru keluar dari percetakan pada hari sebelumnya di langsung dikirim ke lokasi launching.

Cukup seru ngobrol bersama Djenar Maesa Ayu dan Mumu Aloha di peluncuran ini. Tetapi jika ada yang berharap akan menemukan perebatan keras ala mempertahankan prinsip ngerokok atau tidak, maka mungkin akan kecewa. Sebab kami cenderung “bergosip” dan berbagi kisah sendiri-sendiri. Djenar menceritakan pengalamannya sebagai perempuan perokok, saya sebagai perempuan bukan perokok yang sok ngomongin rokok kretek, hahaha. Pagi pada Hari H, kami bertiga (saya, Djenar dan Mumu) sempat twitteran, membahas celana jeans andalan yang masih dijemur, dan berharap bisa kering untuk dipakai ketika launching.

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Endorsement Pembaca Gadis Kretek

Mengejutkan, penuh dengan detail yang kaya sampai kalimat terakhir. Tanpa terasa kita diajak oleh tiga generasi Indonesia mutakhir yang berusaha meluruskan penyelewengan sejarah oleh generasi yang bercerai berai akibat ganasnya revolusi, politik dan kondisi sosial paling kontroversial di negeri ini lewat kretek, cinta, dan kasih tak sampai melalui ludah yang terasa manis. Semanis ludah Roro Mendut. Karya yang indah dan sayang untuk dilewatkan! (John-De Rantau, sutradara)

Gadis Kretek merupakan sebuah masterpiece — novel dengan jiwa besar dari seorang penulis muda yang selalu menghadirkan karya-karya ‘menggigit’. Gadis Kretek merupakan sebuah kajian budaya yang dibuat hidup oleh karakter-karakter yang ‘berani’ serta nuansa kekeluargaan yang meski tak sempurna, namun tetap penuh kehangatan. Bravo, Ratih! (Maggie Tiojakin, penulis)

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Pre-order novel Gadis Kretek dibuka dari tanggal 16 Februari-1 Maret 2012. 20 pembeli pertama akan mendapatkan bonus kumcer Larutan Senja. Untuk keterangan yang lebih detail, sila klik http://www.gramediashop.com/book/detail/9789792281415/Gadis-Kretek