Lao Da Sui Bi Ji (1990 - 2015) by Han Laoda
This is a collection of thoughtful essays in Chinese, by Cultural Medallion winner Han Lao Da on a range of topics related to arts and culture in Singapore. While the work touches on various aspects of the arts, as one of the leading cross-talk artists in the region, Han also writes about his experiences in this regard, including his interactions with noted foreign and local practitioners. One sees that cross-talk is not only a performance art but also a literary art. This book is not only a record of developments but also provides a valuable insight into the mind of one of the leading artists in Singapore.
Finding Francis: A Poetic Adventure by Ogihara-Schuck, Eriko; Anne Teo
Who is Francis P. Ng? This question consumed the mind of Japanese scholar Eriko Ogihara-Schuck as she read F.M.S.R. A Poem by Francis P. Ng. The trouble was that the author had disappeared at the outset of the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942. And even as Eriko sought to locate the poet, she stumbled across the astonishing fact that Francis P. Ng was the pseudonym for Teo Poh Leng. This is the story of Eriko's search and her efforts to resurface one of Singapore's lost literary treasures. Eriko's persistent detective work has now uncovered not just a Singapore poet lost in the chaos of the Japanese Occupation, but an incredibly moving story of brother-poets and a family bound by love and literature.
Man With Ropes In His Face & Other Stories by Leong Chong-Yu
Leong Chong-Yu, a student at Geylang Methodist School, recently published a short story anthology,The Man With Ropes In His Face & Other Stories, through creative writing company Monsters Under the Bed. Each individual piece is of a different genre, ranging from historical fiction to lighthearted comedy.
Supernatural Confessions: You Are Not Alone by Tay, Eugene
Supernatural Asia is a Singaporean paranormal investigation team that claims to "investigate and document reported supernatural experiences and make it accessible to the public". In his latest book release, Supernatural Asia's founder Eugene Tay finally reveals the real story that catalyzed the team's inception back in 2013. A routine work trip to Malaysia in 2012 ends with Tay having to literally slap a malicious spirit out of his friend, who is identified only as "Mel". From then on, Tay struggles to dealing with a struggling business, a guttering social life, and a life-threatening quest to save Mel from demonic possession and other supernatural forces that threatened to destroy her. The tale is based entirely on Tay's personal experiences and supplemented with eyewitness accounts.
Nightmares Are Made Of This: A Bedtime Story For The Little Ones by Goh, Trivia
Of karang gunis and monsters. This is a children's book for adults. The graphic novel features a series of parental lies commonly told and heard here in Singapore. Light-hearted rhymes recall these nostalgic childhood fables while the illustrations exposes the lies for what they are. These illustrations depict the lies parents tell to gain behavioural compliance, a practice the book attempts to discourage. The book also serves as a reminder to grown ups to be more mindful of our words with the little ones.
River Under The Eaves by Yin Huifen
These two novellas by one of China's most prolific writers paint a picture of life in Shanghai and all the turmoil that comes with it. Shanghai is one of the cities in China that has been exposed to a great deal of outside influences throughout its history. The author, with a keen eye for observation, has chiseled out the life of common city dwellers in its alleyways from the 1980s to the 1990s in these two stories. Through the perspective of Gu Longfei, also nicknamed Black Bug, the leading character, River Under the Eaves follows the family through three generations. In Jiqing Li, Xiaoyu lives in a new residential area of Shanghai, has a good job and a handsome boyfriend. She then rents a small room on Jiqing Li, desiring to live a truly elegant life in Shanghai. But all is not what it seems and her life heads for turmoil.
Normal People by Shen Shanzeng
This novel gives a first-person perspective of adolescence in Shanghai in the 1950s and 60s, a time of upheaval and daily drama in the live of even the most ordinary of people. Through the perspective of our young narrator, we can observe the social reality of the time, impacted by the enormous tide of political changes. Among the novel's carefully drawn characters - the friends, family and neighbors of the narrator - is the city itself, as the author depicts the culture and customs unique to Shanghai.
Ars Poetica For The Day by Lim, Geok-Lin Shirley
Lim's poems are penetrating accounts of a life lived as a poet devoted to her art.
Do You Live In? by Lim, Geok-Lin Shirley
These poems are related to Lim's travels, and her having lived in various lands, including USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.
Do You Remember Your First Blow Job? by Conn, Thomas
Tasted like shit, didn't it? Adult Joke Book Includes: Why Men Are Never Depressed Zen Teachings Budget Old Man Little Boys Student Apology To Blondes! Immigrants News Gorilla Buttercups & Golf Balls Master Card Wedding Woman in Coma A Cop Ecstasy Elderly Man Hangover Subject: Abdul Subject: New Panties Priest's Retirement Speech Murphy Hospital Chicken Racism Taxi Paddy Sisters Commuter Terrorists The Muslims Are Not Happy!
Bangkok Cowboys, The by Lewis, Alexander
Based on true events, this is a gritty, straight talking tale with dashes of unique northern humour in parts, bringing to life the astonishing journey of two working class men; how they struggled working the streets in the rag trade throughout the North East of England. After being held down by higher forces, they eventually get a break in the used-clothing industry using their wits and determination and become successful exporters into Eastern Europe. Striking up a friendship with their new Eastern European buyers, they soon realise that things are not all that they seem, and they are foolishly drawn into the paranoid world of trafficking cocaine out of England. Being overwhelmed by their new found wealth takes them on a path to the hedonistic world of Thailand's red light districts. They then team up with an ex-Liverpool bouncer living in Bangkok for their most daring plan of the whole operation.
From Walden To Woodlands: An Anthology Of Nature Poems by Ow Yeong Kit & Muzakkir Samat (Eds.)
From Walden to Woodlands is an interfaith anthology of poetry about nature in Singapore. Showcasing a diverse range of writings from a kaleidoscope of faith perspectives, this collection draws inspiration from native flora, fauna, and natural habitats, besides exploring humanity's relationship with the environment. Poets featured include familiar names in the Singapore literary landscape like Alfian Sa'at, Wena Poon, and Gilbert Koh. Accessible and compelling, this anthology is a timely and essential source text for individuals interested in faith, nature, or the environment, as well as students and teachers of literature. The writings provide a glimpse of the imaginative richness, penetrating insights, and haunting beauty that can be found in nature and spirituality.
Wrong/Wrung Side Of Love, The by Kon Zhicheng-Mingde, Desmond
If Desmond Kon's earlier collection The Arbitrary Sign invoked continental philosophers like Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze, The Wrong/Wrung Side of Love dialogues with some of Desmond's favourite writers. These dialogic imports range from Franz Kafka to Jean-Paul Sartre, Dan Chiasson to John Wilkinson, all perambulating against the pivotal epigraph by Paul Celan. The same playful architecture of an alphabet book is present, eschewing a simple read to elevate each letter into moments of aphoristic epiphany, underscored by poems which are at once intimate, urgent, funny, dreamy, and robust. The book has been described by Lily Hoang as "a confabulation of desire and a prognosis of tender passion".
Olivia And Sophia by Milne, Rosie
When Raffles sets sail from the cold, damp confines of Georgian London to make his name and fortune in the tropics, he takes with him his new wife, Olivia, a raffish beauty with a scandalous past. After Olivia's death, and back on leave in London, Raffles makes a practical marriage. Sophia, no beauty, but curious and intelligent, embraces the opportunity of an exciting life abroad. Marriage brings her great joy but also great sadness. Her life with Raffles becomes a catalogue of loss: of their children, of their possessions, of their savings.
Poor Thing by Sharma, Haresh
Another day in Singapore. Another minor road accident. Another incident of road rage? Typical Singaporeans. Poor Thing, The Necessary Stage's latest production by Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma, grapples with the issue of road rage.
Lontar #5: The Journal Of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction by Lundberg, Jason Erik Et Al (Eds.)
This fifth issue of LONTAR presents speculative writing from and about Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand.
Jaffna Boy by Sinniah, Bernard
Jaffna Boy is the engaging true story of a young boy\'s life at a sri lankan boarding school in the 1970s,as recalled during one fateful train ride and the advice from an unexpected source that would change the course of his life forever.
Short & Sweet by Hattotuwa, Sanjana
Curated by Sanjana Hattotuwa, there are 160 stories in this book, each no more than 25 words. Many will recognize the stories as their own. Some may know family, friends and colleagues whose stories mirror those within. 'Short & Sweet' is above all an invitation, through the words of others, to imagine and remember the marginal and oft forgotten. Unlike with most books, this doubles up as a notebook. Own it, write on it and pass it on.
Frangipani Year, The: Love And Aid Work In Post-Tsunami Aceh by Harris, Alexandra
One year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Angela finds herself flying into the devastated region of Banda Aceh as a researcher for the UN. Enthusiastic and committed, the young American woman arrives at a place swarming with aid workers, and she soon enters a world that is nothing like what she has known.
Softly As I Leave You by Lokuge, Chandani
Turning back, she saw his blurred figure through the lace curtain, an abstract pattern of their intense criss-crossed liaison. He was looking at her. What was he seeing? How isolated we are, she thought, how unconnected...One late spring morning, Uma awakens to a life in which her relationships - to lover, to husband, to son - seem unbearably tangled. In capturing its searing and intimate moments, the story transcends into a meditation on love and betrayal, grief and redemption.