Prof. Sim Wai Chew. The Associate Professor of English in the School of Humanities at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, is no stranger to Southeast Asian literature. He is the co-editor of Island Voices: A Collection of Short Stories from Singapore and British-Asian Fiction: Framing the Contemporary. He also recently authored an English translation of a Singapore Sinophone novel titled Exile or Pursuit, and his research interests include Postcolonial Literature and Comparative Literature.
Edmund Wee is the Publisher and CEO of Epigram Books, a Singaporean imprint that champions local literature and writers. Best known for its bestselling graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye and children’s series The Diary of Amos Lee, it has also published landmark translations of novels and short story collections by Cultural Medallion winners, fresh fiction by emerging authors, and republished out-of-print novels for a new generation of readers. For his efforts, he was included in the Straits Times Life! Power List of arts, entertainment and lifestyle players three years in succession.
In 2015, he launched the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in search of the next big Singaporean novel, and announced the inaugural winner, O Thiam Chin. The winning novel, Now That It’s Over, along with the manuscripts of the finalists, were published the following year.