Authors at Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop: March
The literary stars are heading your way ... if "your way" is the Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop, that is.
Starting Monday (18 March), authors and artists will be heading to the Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop for what we call our "author/artist-in-attendance" programme.
Why are we doing this? Well, one of the reasons is because we want to look for new ways to introduce the public to the world of Singlit, or Singapore literature. That's why, apart from publishing and promoting local literature, we would like to give readers the opportunity to come face-to-face with the people who create Singlit.
We have given these authors and illustrators a space at the bookshop for them to work at, whether it be putting the finishing touches to their new book, or simply getting inspiration from the world around them; and they'll be more than happy to share about Singlit with you.
It's something that we believe other fans would love – I mean, imagine being able to go to a bookshop where you get to meet your favourite local authors ...
So, don't be shy, pop in to say "hi".
The Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop is located at 45 Maxwell Road, #01-01, Singapore 069118 (across from the Maxwell Food Centre).
APPEARING IN MARCH:
Felix Cheong: 18 March (2pm to 4pm)
Poet Felix Cheong had the distinct honour of receiving the Young Artist Award for Literature in 2000. While he’s primarily known for his poetry (in 2004, his collection, Broken by the Rain, was nominated for the Singapore Literature Prize), he has also written various works of fiction, including Vanishing Point (2013); and Singapore Siu Dai: The SG Conversation In A Cup (2014), a collection of satirical tales that spawned two sequels. In 2018, he published B-sides and Backslides, a new anthology of poems, including previously unpublished works.
Ng Yi-Sheng: 19 to 22 March
Another award-winning poet/author, Ng Yi-Sheng was the second-youngest winner of the Singapore Literature Prize, which he received for his debut poetry collection, last boy (2006). He also wrote the bestselling non-fiction book, SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century (2006); and a novelisation of the Singapore movie, Eating Air (2008), which starred Alvina Toh, Joseph Cheong, Mark Lee and Michelle Chong. At the 2018 Singapore Writers Festival, Yi-Sheng launched his debut collection of short stories, Lion City.
Balli Kaur Jaswal: 27 to 29 March
Balli Kaur Jaswal made an international name for herself with her bestselling novel, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, which was picked up by Reese's Book Club, headed by Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon, who called it "a mystery, a romance, a family drama … and yes, it’s spicy!" Balli's previous novel, Sugarbread, was shortlisted for the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize and the 2018 Singapore Literature Prize. She has another novel coming out, The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters.
Find out who's going to be at the coffee bookshop next month.