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Lontar #7: The Journal Of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction by Lundberg, Jason Erik Et Al (Eds.)

This seventh issue of LONTAR presents speculative writing from and about Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Laos, the Philippines, Indonesia and Korea. Inside these pages, you'll find: a remembrance of ghostbusters disguised as lion dancers by Zen Cho; the subversive power of jazz in a future North Vietnam by TR Napper; a cautionary tale of writing one's perfect lover into existence by Vida Cruz; an expedition to hunt a supernatural tiger in colonial Singapore by Manish Melwani; the relationship between death and a mysterious delivery truck by James Penha; a fateful meeting of the last two Eurasians in Singapore by Melissa De Silva; a critical appreciation of the novels of Eka Kurniawan by Tiffany Tsao; a comic on schoolyard bullying and redemption by Elvin Ching; and speculative poetry from Bryan Thao Worra, Zeny May Recidoro, Brandon Marlon, Subashini Navaratnam, Russ Hoe, Christina Sng, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Cyril Wong. LONTAR is the world's only biannual literary journal focusing on Southeast Asian speculative fiction. Its many contributors have won major literary awards in Singapore, USA, UK, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines.

Kappa Quartet: A NovelKappa Quartet: A Novel by Yam Qilin, Daryl

Kevin is a young man without a soul, holidaying in Tokyo; Mr Five, the enigmatic kappa, is the man he so happens to meet. Little does Kevin know that kappas-the river demons of Japanese folklore-desire nothing more than the souls of other humans. Set between Singapore and Japan, Kappa Quartet is split into eight discrete sections, tracing the rippling effects of this chance encounter across a host of other characters, connected and bound to one another in ways both strange and serendipitous. Together they ask one another: what does it mean to be in possession of something nobody has seen before?

We Contain Multitudes: Twelve Years Of SoftblowWe Contain Multitudes: Twelve Years Of Softblow by Wee, Jason; Cyril Wong (Eds.)

Softblow poetry journal celebrates twelve years of publishing poetry in English, from the widely acclaimed and deeply experienced, to the freshly youthful and urgent. Curated by Cyril Wong and Jason Wee, two of the founding editors, We Contain Multitudes reflects the poet-editors' omnivorous literary appetites and interests, and includes poems especially included for this anthology by Lawrence Lacambra Ypil, Michelle Cahill, Yasmin Belkhyr, Sharlene Teo, among others. Featuring Singaporean talents such as Boey Kim Cheng, Christine Chia, Tania De Rozario, Joshua Ip, Jee Leong Koh, Chandran Nair, Pooja Nansi, Ng Yi-Sheng, Alvin Pang, Tse Hao Guang, Daryl Qilin Yam, Jerrold Yam, Arthur Yap and Yong Shu Hoong; and international voices such as Aazam Abidov, Sherman Alexie, Kimberly Blaeser, Ingrid de Kok, Kristine Ong Muslim, Mariko Nagai, Murat Nemet-Nejat, Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Laksmi Pamuntjak, Simon Perchik, Marge Piercy, Jeet Thayil, Tim Tomlinson and Ocean Vuong.

Horror Stories 2Horror Stories 2 by Tunku Halim

These are the stories that were just too nasty to be included in the bestselling first volume of Horror Stories. Written over the span of two decades by Malaysia's most popular scary author Tunku Halim, this collection includes the full novella Juriah's Song as well as the blackly comic play Pig Heart.

PilgrimagePilgrimage by Isa Kamari; Harry Aveling (Trans.)

In 2001, prolific Singapore author Isa Kamari undertook the pilgrimage to Mecca. Two years later, he wrote a series of 100 poems based on this experience which was published in Malay as Munajat Sukma. The collection was subsequently republished as a triptych of chapbooks in 2006. Pilgrimage is a translation of a selection of these poems. Arranged by Isa to form a sequential narrative of his journey, Harry Aveling's English translations are a conduit for new readers into the deep recesses of the pilgrim's mind and soul as they complete the Hajj. Through the poet's inner responses to his faith, this collection opens up for English readers an awareness and understanding of a practising faith of a people from a different language.

Sg Poems 2015-2016Sg Poems 2015-2016 by Valles, Eric Tinsay; Tan Chee Lay Et Al (Eds.)

This anthology showcases a representative sample of Singapore poetry written in or translated into English in 2015 and 2016. Several poets who published collections during that period or were featured in the National Poetry Festival 2015 were invited to contribute to this anthology. The emerging poets in this volume have been winners or finalists in NPF's National Poetry Competition over the past two years. Some poems are originally in English and others translated from Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

This Is Not A Safety Barrier: An Anthology Of Poetry & PhotographyThis Is Not A Safety Barrier: An Anthology Of Poetry & Photography by Nair, Marc; Yen Phang (Eds.)

Singapore is a city constantly under construction, both physically and ideologically. Construction sites everywhere spot the ubiquitous red and white barriers demarcating that area as a no-go zone. Each one has a sign proclaiming, 'This is not a safety barrier'. Taking a leaf from this absolute phrase, the anthology presents a collection of poems and photographs that question and challenge the barriers in our country - whether physical, ideological or imagined. It is an artistic social commentary of what is defined and/or undefined, with questions, comments, and explorations into the journey of how one reacts in response to rethinking monolithic national narratives.

South-East Asian PlaysSouth-East Asian Plays by Robsons, Cheryl; Aubrey Mellor

A unique collection of seven plays by playwrights from countries in South-East Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Cambodia. Covering topics as diverse as the global financial crisis, religious faith, the sex trade, corruption, and exploitation, these plays provide insight into the differing concerns of those living in a part of the world that is experiencing profound change.

Heaven Has Eyes: StoriesHeaven Has Eyes: Stories by Holden, Philip

A teacher and his wife get caught up in the drama of election politics and a Channel 8 soap opera. An invalid house-sits for his sister and has to care for his nephew's pampered pet pig. A daughter travels overseas to convince her elderly father to move home with her. An academic must navigate an opaque bureaucracy to renew his Re-Entry Permit. A young Lee Kuan Yew finds camaraderie with a future Canadian Prime Minister in England, and relentless tenacity from a British student in Canada desperate for an interview. Heaven Has Eyes dramatises these small moments of transcendence in everyday life, and more.

Writing The South Seas: Imagining The Nanyang In Chinese And Southeast Asian Postcolonial LiteratureWriting The South Seas: Imagining The Nanyang In Chinese And Southeast Asian Postcolonial Literature by Bernards, Brian

Postcolonial literature in Chinese from the Nanyang, literally the South Seas, examines the history of Chinese migration, localization, and interethnic exchange in Southeast Asia, and offers a rich variety of approaches to identity. Brian Bernards explores why Nanyang encounters, which have been neglected by most literary histories, should be seen as crucial to the national literatures of China and Southeast Asia. He shows how Nanyang, as a literary trope, has been deployed as a platform by mainland and overseas Chinese writers to rethink colonial and national paradigms. Through a collection of diverse voices-from modern Chinese writers like Xu Dishan, Yu Dafu and Lao She to postcolonial Southeast Asian authors from Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand-writers such as Ng Kim Chew, Chia Joo Ming, Pan Yutong, Yeng Pway Ngon, Suchen Christine Lim, Praphatson Sewikun and Fang Siruo-Bernards demonstrates how the Nanyang imagination negotiates the boundaries of national literature as a meaningful postcolonial subject, and speaks to broader conversations in postcolonial and global literature. This book, written from the emerging field of Sinophone Studies, puts the literature of the region in a new light.

Magic Urn And Other Timeless Tales Of Malaysia, TheMagic Urn And Other Timeless Tales Of Malaysia, The by Tutu Datta

This carefully curated collection of folktales from all over Malaysia brings together 12 legendary stories which have etched themselves into the collective memory of the people. Elegant palaces, humble village houses, lush rice fields and verdant rainforests form the backdrops for the characters' search for truths, reversal of fortunes, sacrifices for the greater good, heartbreak, loss and the quest for love. Told in vivid detail and lavishly illustrated, these timeless tales will linger in the imagination long after the last page.

I Found A Bone And Other PoemsI Found A Bone And Other Poems by Teo Kah Leng

This is a historically significant collection of poetry by Teo Kah Leng: an educator whose love for art and literature preceded his name. He served as teacher, principal, brother, and friend in Montfort school for 43 years. Teo's poetry bears distinct cadence and lyrical qualities of another age, of which readers of literature today can appreciate for its technical aptitude, its depth of emotions, and its beauty. The collection captures the vividness of life in pre-independence Singapore; reimagines folklores and tales; paints and personifies creatures big and small; and ruminates on a life nobly lived, nobly died.

Singapore Siu Dai 3: The Sg Conversation Dabao!Singapore Siu Dai 3: The Sg Conversation Dabao! by Cheong, Felix; Pman (Illus.)

Two years and a 2kg weight gain later, Felix Cheong is back with more Siu Daistories. So much has happened, from SG50 to GE2015, as Singapore matures into a weirder society. And these short, short stories capture those funny moments. Just remember not to laugh too loudly when you read them on the train!

Young China HandYoung China Hand by Huang, Matt; Grace Hsu

A thriller about a crisis-era clash between Western wits, Chinese princeling-linked financiers and Peking duck farmers. Inspired by true events and experiences between 2008 and 2013, Young China Hand combines an insider's look into China's secretive world of high finance, with a journey of self-discovery through unlikely friendships and outrageous betrayals.

Annabelle Thong: A NovelAnnabelle Thong: A Novel by Imran Hashim

Devout Catholic schoolteacher Annabelle Thong never thought her chastity was a liability - until she runs away to Paris to find Prince Charming. Enrolling herself at the Sorbonne, she meets the suave Patrick Dudoigt, but he's the one temptation she must resist. Annabelle's belief system is challenged on all fronts, and her na?veté is seen as gauche in the City of Love. Guilt and confusion make for dangerous bedfellows, and when her fellow university students enthusiastically combine reading and rioting, Annabelle can't help but wonder if everyone's gone mad - or is it just her? Annabelle Thong takes a hilarious look at the sparks that fly when East meets West, and the passions these ignite.

Eye Of History, The: A Play By Robert YeoEye Of History, The: A Play By Robert Yeo by Yeo, Robert

On 5 July 1981, Sir Stamford Raffles leaves his pedestal by the Singapore River and pays a visit to Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew at the Istana. What follows is a wide-ranging discussion, both heated and humorous, that illustrates just how very human Singapore's two most towering figures were. This conversation, along with the introduction of Munshi Abdullah, provides a fascinating backdrop for the investigation of historical authority and grand narratives.

Ah Lao And The Paper MenAh Lao And The Paper Men by Wong Ming Yook

Ordinary people live extraordinary lives. Ah Lao and the Paper Men features fourteen stories which draw back the curtain on the inner lives of such ordinary people to reveal intimate and touching tales of love and loss, hope and despair, wonder and joy. This collection of short stories reminds the reader that each character's experience of the surface and mundane merely veils the depth and possibilities that life promises to all.

Say It With Poems: Remembering MiloSay It With Poems: Remembering Milo by Chong, Stella Vee

Say It with Poems is a light-hearted way of using poetry to perceive and feel what's happening around us. The first section - "All about Life" - has 26 poems that take you on a journey where you can identify with feelings of love, frustration, joy, and patriotism in uniquely Singaporean-style. The second section - "All about cats" - has 17 poems depicting the struggle of cats around Singapore. This is told through the rescuers' and fosterers' relationship with them and their aspirations for them. The third section - "Remembering Milo" - includes 7 poems dedicated to the author's beloved cat, Milo, who passed unexpectedly at the age of twelve.

Crossing UniversesCrossing Universes by Cheng, Frederick; Lim Qing & Ng Kah Gay (Eds.)

A companion to Unhomed, the other chapbook in the LIVEpress series, Crossing Universes begins with Theophilus Kwek's "On Roads and Rituals", a reflection on why we travel and what it means to be able to travel. The short stories and poems that follow continue to traverse literal and figurative universes, exploring a myriad of ideas and issues along the way: faith, depression, perception, birth, coming-of-age, and death. Alfonse Chiu's short but quietly stunning "Hanami Post-Earthquake" draws the reader's voyage to a close on an ethereal, pensive tone.

UnhomedUnhomed by Lim Qing (Ed.)

In the works of the young Singaporean writers in this anthology, the young writers expressed the anxieties of being unhomed on different levels-personal, domestic, societal-and through varying modes and genres.