6 Artists Who Are Also Book Writers


6 Artists Who Are Also Book Writers – This writing activity, which often takes time and thought, is not only occupied by those who have a lot of free time. Artists or celebrities who are usually busy, in fact many have published books. Some even have published more than one book. Who are you?

Pramoedya Ananta Toer once said “A person may be as intelligent as the sky, but as long as he does not write, he will be lost in society and from history.” Once the legendary who gave birth to his work while in prison on Buru Island assessed writing activities. “Writing is work to eternity.” This last sentence should be an invitation for you to start writing too.


1. Who would have thought that the “Oneng” actor in Bajaj Bajuri had already published many books. One of them is a collection of Poetry Reflections on the Closet

If you’re a 90’s kid, you should be familiar with the name Oneng. Yes, this Bajaj Bajuri serial player whose real name is Rieke Diah Pitaloka turns out to be besides a movie star and once a member of the Indonesian Parliament, he is also a good writer. His books have been published quite a lot. Starting from, The Closet Reflection(2001), State Violence Contagious to Society(2004), Oops!(2005), Banality of Violence: Hannah Arendt Thought Review (2010), Saripah Oath (2011). The majority of Rieke’s books discuss portraits of pain, pride in love, wishful thinking and political inevitability. Hey, you just found out that the actor Oneng is good at writing books that seem “heavy”.

2. The famous presenter Tamara Geraldine is also good at writing books. One of them contains an anti-drug campaign

“You know I have reasons for cheating, don’t you, honey?” arguably one of the titles of Tamara Geraldine’s successful books. It’s not short, but it makes you curious, yes, the title. Through this book, Tamara proves that she is not just an artist who writes. The stories in this collection of short stories tell about the complexity of love in a husband and wife relationship, which is conveyed in a straightforward manner without losing its sometimes sad sense of humor.

In 2018, Tamara even republished her book, entitled ‘Drums (Not Drugs) Generation’. The cool thing is, as many as 30,000 copies of the first printing of this book were distributed free of charge to elementary school children on several islands in Indonesia, as a debriefing for children to dare to say no to drugs.

3. Apart from being good at film and theater, Happy Salma has also successfully written the book Just Batu and Knives Batu

In 2010 Happy Salma won the Citra trophy in the Best Supporting Actor category at FFI for the film 7 Hati 7 Cinta 7 Wanita. This proves his ability in the world of acting is unquestionable. In addition, she is also active in the theater world and has played as Nyai Ontosoroh in the phenomenal theatrical performance, Bunga Tutup Abad. In the world of writing? Happy Salma is also good at writing and has published a book. One of his famous books is ‘Only a Stone and a Stone Knives’ which he co-authored with Pidi Baiq

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4. Not only loves adventure, Nadine Chandrawinata also likes to write about her experiences so that it becomes a book called Nadrenaline

If you think that most people on vacation only document their fun through photos or videos, you should read Nadine Chandrawinata’s book. The artist who is also a former Miss Indonesia wrote her unique experiences during her vacation trip into a book entitled “Nadrenaline”. Like the experience when he couldn’t take a shower for a week on his way to Mount Everest. Survive during a big storm in Wakatobi with GPS off. Or sleeping in Kolkata Station on the dirty tiled floor where many mosquitoes pass through. Knowing that Nadine has a lot of work to do, you wouldn’t expect her to still have time to write a book. You can also make a travel diary for every vacation.

5. Not only looks and good at acting, Ethan Hawke proves his writing skills through a book called “Ash Wednesday”

Hawke’s first writing career began with the novel The Hottest State. Six years after Ash Wednesday was published, Hawke’s writing style is still relaxed. Apart from being an actor in the film Before Sunrise, now you can also introduce Hawke as a writer. Because as a writer he has also published Manhattan Story, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Chelsea Walls which was released in 2002 with Jeff Tweedy, Mark Webber, Robert Sean Leonard, and Tuesday Weld.

6. Did you know that Madonna has written a book for children, you know!

Although famous for her wild style, it turns out that Madonna has more attention to the world of children. He proved that by releasing five children’s books in one package called Madonna: Five Books for Children. The package contained the book The English Roses, Mr. Peabody’s Apples, Yakov and the Seven Thieves, The Adventures of Abdi, and Lotsa de Casha. The books have cute illustrations by Jeffrey Fulvimari. In order to maintain her “wild side”, apart from children’s books, it turns out that Madonna also writes adult books. Among them are entitled Se-x and The Girlie Show.

7. After struggling in the film world, Tom Hanks, a typewriter collector, finally publishes a book too

Tom Hanks, who is famous for his roles in various films, finally tried writing as well. As a collector of more than 150 typewriters, it’s no wonder that Tom Hanks ended up writing a book. “Uncommon Type” is the first book published by Penguin Random House. This book contains 17 short stories that tell a variety of themes, from the story of immigrants from Eastern Europe who arrived in New York to women who manage life after a divorce. It seems interesting, here, “read” Tom Hanks play through his book. You interested?…