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OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH IS BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU BY SALLY ROONEY
OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH IS BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU BY SALLY ROONEY

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  • Melissa De Silva

    'Others' Is Not A Race

    $19.00

    What is a Eurasian? Are Eurasians Singaporean? What does it mean to be a Eurasian living in Singapore? While having existed in Singapore as long as any other community, Eurasians, who comprise less than one percent of the population, still remain a fairly obscure group to many Singaporeans. 'OTHERS' IS NOT A RACE is a tapestry that weaves together the multiple genres of narrative fiction, creative nonfiction, literary food writing and family memoir, to offer insight into the micro-minority Eu...

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  • Martin Villanueva and Joshua Ip

    11 X 9

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    Eleven writers from the Philippines and nine from Singapore were connected via Google Docs and a pining for “the composition of alternatives, other realms and planes, a space upon which another kind of lived experience could be had.” Seven pairs and two threesomes wrote back and forth toward what could be called “cross-cultural literature ​if not ​a mess.​” The result: this volume. An encounter with annotated small talk, versified duets, digitally mediated dances, riffs against blackouts, and...

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  • Daryl Lim Wei Jie

    A Book Of Changes

    $16.00

    Change is what happens to everything: history is humanity's attempt to make sense of this inevitability. In his debut collection of poetry, Daryl Lim Wei Jie paints minute strokes that give way to panoramas, strewn with unusual asides: migrants crossing oceans; an ancient king reclaiming a throne; rivers clogged with corpses; the paperwork for an invasion; a milo dinosaur the height of Mount Everest. A Book of Changes is a young poet's attempt to make sense of the impossible ebb and flow of t...

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  • Ng Yi-Sheng

    A Book Of Hims

    $16.00

    In 2008, Ng Yi-Sheng won the Singapore Literature Prize for Last Boy, a debut collection which explored the poet's coming of age as a gay man. A Book of Hims is a spiritual sequel to this work, written with a voice that has grown older, but remains just as eccentric and reckless as before. Once again, he deals with the topics of male love and spirituality, recollecting current and past romances, odes to mentors and holy figures, as well as experiments with diverse poetic forms, including the ...

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  • Samuel Lee

    A Field Guide To Supermarkets In Singapore

    $25.00

    A Field Guide to Supermarkets in Singapore is a 19th century reference book (on philology? art history? anthropology? nobody remembers) that fell into a tropical swamp and was rescued, then lovingly restored, by a nice lady in curlers. Caked in organic matter too dense to scrub off, the pages of Samuel Lee's debut collection reveal visions and premonitions of a city filled with characters engaged in their own private sorrows, both minute and expansive. To read him is to be lost in the aisles ...

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  • Christine Chia, Joshua Ip and Cheryl Julia Lee

    A Luxury: Omnibus Edition

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    A Luxury: Omnibus Edition is simultaneously a time capsule and a time-machine. The first volume, A Luxury We Cannot Afford, bottled the lightning of poetry, prose and plays in 2015. The second, A Luxury We Must Afford, took a leap forward into the unknown future of Singapore. You will find something to please and pique every reader in this anthology. Hardback: 398 PagesProduct Dimensions: 140 x 205 mmISBN: 9789811809002Signed Edition with Dust Jacket is limited to 30 copies Published by Math ...

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  • Jordan Melic

    A Tree To Take Us Up To Heaven

    $19.00

    Kueny isn’t much of a worrier, except maybe when it comes to her father, the Custodian of a Thousand Generations, whose soul is hanging by a thread. But when her brother, Ah Ti, inherits the throne and smashes the Watercress Elixir that preserves her family’s heavenly reign, her worries take on a whole new dimension. Left with no choice, the siblings set out in search of a new home, embarking on a perilous journey that takes them through 14th century Majapahit and 19th century Malaya, where t...

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  • Stephanie Ho

    ABC Kiam Chye Char Loti

    $19.00

    Welcome to ABC Kiam Chye Char Loti. For this edition, we've invited the usual suspects to bring you through the quirks of our "national language" in Singlish!Trace our Uniquely Singapore culture through these catchphrases and explore the ways in which various languages are used and reinvented. This is possibly the most passionate project by Math Paper Press to date.Hardback: 56 PagesProduct Dimensions: 180 x 170 mmISBN: 9789811150852Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Cyril Wong

    After You

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    In a lasting marriage, one could still outlive the other. A poet gazes upon his older partner, pondering the inevitable. Panic, heartache, and a surprising sense of acceptance, interwoven with instances of joyful resilience, punctuate the ordinariness of their everyday lives and occupy these poems about same-sex love, death, and the fragile art of testimony. Hardback: 112 PagesProduct Dimensions: 140 x 205 mmISBN: 9789811473722Signed Edition with Dust Jacket is limited to 50 copies Published ...

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  • Werner Kho

    Afterimage

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    Afterimage: an image that continues to appear even after the original has ceased. Werner Kho’s debut poetry collection is both personal and yet universal, an exploration of the process of loss and how they come back to us in every different angle.Paperback: 43 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789811173219Published by Math Paper Press

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  • AKAR

    AKAR: Motion

    $25.00

    In this issue, we want to explore what it means to move and to be moved​—​across time, space, worlds, and circumstances. Why do people move? How does art communicate across mediums to open our eyes to the world? As that which sustains us, do we value our relationship with our rivers? What does it mean to raise your hands to the heavens and prostrate on the earth? What happens when you literally lose your ability to move?Paperback: 138 PagesProduct Dimensions: 170 x 240 mmISBN: 9789811436710Pu...

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  • Jason Wee

    An Epic Of Durable Departures

    $16.00

    This new poetry collection stands as a record of a friendship between two artists formed in the shadow of illness and mortality. Using the renga and haiku as departure points, Wee wrestles with the limits of art and of the document even as he summons werewolves, ghosts, and other myths. Faced with the inadequacies of witness, An Epic moves towards the living in reverse time, opening with obituaries and ending with a renewed beginning.Paperback: 85 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 97...

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  • Lee Jing-Jing

    And Other Rivers

    $16.00

    In And Other Rivers, lives are carved open from tip to tail and laid out for display. A child watches her father perform a lunar new year ritual. First-generation migrants swim for shore. A woman dives into fast flowing water. This collection of poetry is about fluid longings, and about the searches and meanderings one embarks on to fulfil those longings. And Other Rivers starts close to home, winds its way across foreign landscapes, and finds its way back again.Paperback: 52 PagesProduct Dim...

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  • Tania De Rozario

    And The Walls Come Crumbling Down

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    In 2003, a young woman leaves home without telling her family that she is not coming back. She spends the next six years moving from house to house and living hand-to- mouth; at first with her lover, and then alone. And The Walls Come Crumbling Down parallels three events in the author’s life: the physical deterioration of the house in which she lives, the emotional disintegration of a couple once in love, and the unearthing of childhood ghosts that can’t seem to be cast off. Part memoir and ...

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  • Cyril Wong

    Animal Season

    $10.00

    illustrated by Speak Cryptic From a crow and his famous pitcher to a story about a spiteful bee, Aesop’s fables have been known to instruct or affirm universal truths. For Cyril Wong, however, many of them have much to answer for, their allegorical messages leaving much to be desired in a world potentially without meaning or grand design. Animal Season takes over from where the more familiar fables left off, interrogating the originals or rewriting them, in the hope that new truths might be u...

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  • Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr.

    Aria And Trumpet Flourish

    $16.00

    In a world inundated by all kinds of texts that can be scanned almost as soon as they’re produced, and that as quickly shimmer away into oblivion, I am overjoyed to sit and read Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr.’s much anticipated first full-length collection Aria and Trumpet Flourish. Even while observing the necessary ceremonies that we must accord our living, the poet never forgets “time’s swift tumble,” the “tar-spackled road” or its “hairline cracks.” Unlike the ostentatious noise made by certain k...

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  • June Yang and Joyce Chng

    Ayam Curtain

    $21.80

    Kong jiao wei , Hokkien, means “speaking bird language.” It is a cock-and-bull story, a flight of fancy and, incidentally , the perfect phrase to describe this collection of microfiction with a quintessentially Singaporean flavour. The reader steps into a technological dystopia one moment and wakes up a crow in the next story, all within the space of a hundred words. Expect a spirit war in underground tunnels, genetically-modified babies and a Singapore overrun by anti- government spies in ...

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  • Felix Cheong

    B-Sides And Backslides: 1986 - 2018

    $16.00

    Nine years after his last volume of poetry, Felix Cheong makes a comeback - this time, a collection of poetic outtakes and more recent writings.  B-Sides and Backslides: 1986 - 2018 puts together an unrelenting and honest portrait of the poet as a young man - an undergrad hung up on T.S. Eliot - through the ups and downers of career and marriage, to middle age. It is at once an insightful mapping of his craft over 30 years and a typography of turns and returns of themes and images.  Collected...

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  • Verena Tay

    Balik Kampung

    $19.00

    Balik Kampung is a collection of eight new tales of home written by authors who have lived in their neighbourhoods for 10 years or more. A mysterious lighthouse in Marine Parade calls you home. A missing monkey in Changi recalls your carefree childhood. A red plastic bag in Nee Soon tells you who you truly are.We invite you to read our stories, reminisce and return, once again, back home. Paperback: 140 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 200 mmISBN: 9789810738044Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Verena Tay

    Balik Kampung 2A

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    Balik Kampung 2A: People and Places presents eleven tales by authors ho have lived in the respective neighbourhoods for at least ten years. What was it like to grow up in a particular district during a specific decade? How can you go for a peaceful walk around your home if the area is constantly remodelled by demolition and construction? How do present perceptions of space contrast with memory? Such questions fill the various stories that are inhabited with vivid characters and strong portray...

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    Verena Tay

    Balik Kampung 2B

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    Balik Kampung 2B: Contemplations presents nine new tales by authors who have lived in the respective neighbourhoods for at least ten years. How does one’s environment affect one’s outlook in life? Is your home your identity? How do people react to a specific place over time? The various short stories within this collection ponder over these questions and more. By the time you reach the last page, you are guaranteed to view parts of Singapore with a fresh perspective. Paperback: 144 PagesProdu...

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  • Verena Tay

    Balik Kampung 3A

    $19.00

    Ten established and new writers have written ten short stories that are set in Seletar, Yishun, Marsiling, Ang Mo Kio and Upper Thompson. Because each story draws upon the respective writer's in-depth knowledge of a specific space, they are powerful texts that evoke vivid characters inhabiting palpable environments and demonstrate why these writers regard Singapore's northern shores as 'home'.Paperback: 182 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 200 mmISBN: 9789811112904Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Verena Tay

    Balik Kampung 3B

    $19.00

    Here are nine exciting tales that will deepen your appreciation of three eastern and six western locations of Singapore and give you fresh insights about the human condition. Each writer has drawn deep from their experiences of having lived in a particular neighbourhood for at least ten years to create honest texts that will resonate with readers the world over.Paperback: 174 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 200 mmISBN: 9789811112911Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Verena Tay

    Balik Kampung 3C

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    Balik Kampung 3C: Central Corridor contains stories that feature the central spine of Singapore: from Bukit Timah, Bukit Merah, Farrer Road, Cairnhill, down to the Keppel area. Responding to at least ten years of living within a particular neighbourhood, each author has woven aspects of specific landscapes together with various autobiographical elements and created fascinating combinations of fiction and non-fiction. This collection is guaranteed to touch your heart and make you wonder where ...

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  • Nurul Amillin Hussain

    BEEF

    $16.00

    BEEF is Nurul Amillin Hussain's debut collection of poetry. Consisting of 20 poems written over a decade, this book traces time through fresh explorations of nostalgia, recollecting the author's time spent in both Singapore and the UK. This collection is distinctly urban, and aims to translate the messy zig-zags of everyday discomforts into verse, focusing on themes of family, friendship and identity. "Amillin plumbs and scales the extremities of living in a way that is both delicate and deli...

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  • Tan Lixin

    Before We Are Ghosts

    $16.00

    How do we handle loss? Why do we resist and accept change? Before We Are Ghosts explores the inevitable in life, and as a sequel to Keeping Skeletons, gives closure to the latter and comes to a conclusion that we can only keep going in circles until we learn to embrace loss and change as they are. Paperback: 47 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789810796372Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Cyril Wong

    Below: Absence

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    In his third collection of poems, Cyril Wong wrestles with absences behind the everyday hope of recovering new justifications for a more meaningful existence. His poems move from explorations of love to articulating the demands of loss and memory that drive the desire to poetry.Paperback: 74 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789810945619Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Ng Yi-Sheng

    Black Waters, Pink Sands

    $15.00

    In this book, you’ll find the annotated scripts of two acclaimed lecture performances written by Ng Yi-Sheng, exploring forgotten chapters of Singapore history. Ayer Hitam: a Black History of Singapore explores the history and influence of the African diaspora in Singapore over two hundred years. It trawls the archive for stories of slavery, colonialism, jazz and nationalist struggle, reaffirming the value of black culture in our shared heritage. Collaboratively created with Sharon Frese and ...

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  • Julie Koh

    BooksActually's Gold Standard 2016

    $22.00

    BooksActually's Gold Standard 2016 is a highly anticipated new annual anthology from indie bookstore BooksActually, comprising short fiction by the best cult writers of East Asia, Southeast Asia and the diaspora. Showcasing some of the most compelling and original voices of the moment, this year's all-star collection features stories from nineteen writers. Edited by Julie Koh, whose own fiction appears in 2016's Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Comedy Writing, BooksActually's Gold ...

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  • Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib and Nurul Fadiah Johari

    Budi Kritik: Expanded Edition

    $19.00

    Why is it important to imbibe a thinking culture? What can contemporary Malays contribute by way of an active intellectual and social life towards reform and progress? Where are the loci of critical thought in Malay public life? In a revealing book of essays edited by Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib and Nurul Fadiah Johari, writers from various backgrounds—academics, researchers, community organisers, and social activists—offer insights and critical reflections into contemporary Malay society. The...

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  • Jollin Tan

    Bursting Seams

    $16.00

    Bursting Seams is a raw and passionate exploration of the body through poetry. The book mines the inescapable linkages between physicality and difficult emotions in poems that are traumatic and revealing, but also tender and self-empowering.Paperback: 73 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789810732622Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Joel Tan

    Café

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    Five people, staff and customers, are stuck in one of an infinite number of hip Singapore cafés while, outside, an unexplained horror wrecks the world. Over five short acts, a madness sets in. The cafe and all reality are eaten away by a nightmare of banality and tedium, leaving only a well of deep ennui, paralysing apathy, and horrifying cruelty familiar to anyone living in the city-state. “Over the course of an hour and forty-five minutes, I was gripping the edge of my seat, watching the ac...

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  • Rolinda Onates Espanola, Zakir Hossain and Joshua Ip

    Call And Response

    $19.00

    With every full-priced copy purchased from www.booksactuallyshop.com, BooksActually will donate $5 to HealthServe, in support of their mission to serve, advocate and raise awareness of the needs of migrant workers in Singapore. Singapore is a migrant nation. Who truly deserves the title 'local', and how far removed is your average 'local poet' from the term 'migrant worker'? The anthology Call and Response gathers the voices of more than thirty 'migrant' poets, and pairs them with a creative ...

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  • Rolinda Onates Espanola, Zakir Hossain and Joshua Ip

    Call And Response

    $19.00

    With every full-priced copy purchased from www.booksactuallyshop.com, BooksActually will donate $5 to HealthServe, in support of their mission to serve, advocate and raise awareness of the needs of migrant workers in Singapore. Singapore is a migrant nation. Who truly deserves the title 'local', and how far removed is your average 'local poet' from the term 'migrant worker'? The anthology Call and Response gathers the voices of more than thirty 'migrant' poets, and pairs them with a creative ...

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  • Zakir Hossain Khokan, Bhing Navato, Poh Yong Han, Joshua Ip

    Call And Response 2

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    "Migrant. Citizen. Foreign Talent. Singaporean. Local. Expatriate. Immigrant. Permanent Resident. Migrant Worker.” What do these words mean, and how do they make you feel when you say them, or when you hear them said to you? When a border is crossed, when a passport is stamped, when you taste a familiar dish or hear a familiar accent – who truly belongs where, and to what or whom? This sequel anthology brings together more than seventy writers and poets with differing relationships to the wor...

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  • Jennifer Anne Champion

    Caterwaul

    $16.00

    Caterwaul is a memoir — is scrapbook — is a wall of sound. Caterwaul chronicles the dramas of a poorly poet in circumstances beyond her control. Illustrated with visual snippets of the poet's childhood in Serangoon Gardens, Jennifer Anne Champion maps pain and desire across middle-class suburbia, in a contest to be heard against the poetry of the heartlands.Paperback: 71 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789811112355Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Ceriph

    Ceriph #4

    $20.00

    Ceriph is an independently run, quarterly book publication in Singapore. We seek to share Singaporean creative work in the form of prose, poetry, social commentaries, photography, and visual art. We wish to record and share these without inhibition, to celebrate these everyday musings. The beginnings of this project are humble: whilst examining the local arts scene, we found many outlets for artistic expressions. However, most of these outlets concentrate on art or exclusively on one medium o...

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  • Ceriph

    Ceriph #5

    $14.00

    Ceriph is an independently run, quarterly book publication in Singapore. We seek to share Singaporean creative work in the form of prose, poetry, social commentaries, photography, and visual art. We wish to record and share these without inhibition, to celebrate these everyday musings. The beginnings of this project are humble: whilst examining the local arts scene, we found many outlets for artistic expressions. However, most of these outlets concentrate on art or exclusively on one medium o...

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  • Jerrold Yam

    Chasing Curtained Suns

    $16.00

    Diving into the ambivalences and contradictions that are as characteristic of a family as her triumphs, Jerrold Yam’s rousing debut poetry collection is a reaction to the precarious tilt from adolescence to adulthood. The poems—which invoke subjects as diverse as childbirth, celebrity culture and National Service— extend beyond a struggle for acceptance amid the transience of modern Singapore and into the universal territory of teenagehood. Growing up suggests an inexorable shift to adult sen...

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  • Crispin Rodrigues and Andrea Yew

    Crazy Little Pyromaniacs

    $19.00

    Crazy Little Pyromaniacs brings together 35 yet-unpublished Singapore poets who are 35 years-old and younger to plot future trajectories for Singapore and chart the course of Singapore writing. Featuring formal experimentations and poetic responses to the political and cultural shift of the times, these poets capture the exuberance of youthfulness while anticipating the anguish of the world that lies ahead. Edited by Crispin Rodrigues and Andrea Yew, the anthology stands as a checkpoint of po...

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  • Tse Hao Guang

    Deeds Of Light

    $16.00

    The city is a prism through which ordinary life, at first a seeming undifferentiated white, splits into its constituent colours. In Deeds of Light, words are prisms through which experiences are revealed. Belying a desire to make new and bright the usual ways of talking about place and belonging, these poems in both form and content navigate the myriad ways in which the sound of speech and the habits of culture interact and assert themselves. Paperback: 53 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 m...

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  • Jollin Tan

    Derivative Faith

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    Derivative Faith is a compilation of prose and poetry that attempt to document faith, in its varying iterations and manifestations. Each piece is tenuously connected to the next, but the book eventually arrives at the suggestion that all faith is interconnected and derived from the same source of hope, regardless of its form.Paperback: 45 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789810773069Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Eddie Tay

    Dreaming Cities

    $16.00

    In this book, poems and street photographs dream of the modern city, laying a poetic geography over the urban landscapes of Hong Kong and Singapore. Born in Singapore, Eddie Tay is a long time resident of Hong Kong. He is an associate professor at the Department of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he teaches courses on street photography, creative writing and poetry. He is also the reviews editor of Cha, an online literary journal based in Hong Kong. This is his fourth co...

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  • Jason Erik Lundberg

    Embracing The Strange

    $10.00

    In early 2012, Jason Erik Lundberg was asked to deliver a plenary talk to Singapore's best and brightest young creative writers. He chose to speak about the extraordinary impact of speculative fiction on every facet of life, from childhood to the birth of his daughter, and beyond. This talk was expanded, and integrated with a multi-part short story about a brave little girl who tumbles down a very different kind of rabbit hole, and must use her bravery and intelligence in order to find her wa...

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  • Grace Chia

    Every Moving Thing That Lives Shall Be Food

    $19.00

    A Singapore emigrant muses about the HDB heartlands and her adopted British lifestyle. An undergrad gets culture shock travelling abroad to Canada for the first time. A vegetarian Western tourist finds a meatier version of Asia in a massage parlour. A desperate male sniffs around a lone cougar. An expat wife seeks solace in a Kundera-quoting freelance artist. And a workaholic widower gets enlightened in his last days. Grace Chia's Every Moving Thing That Lives Shall Be Food is a smorgasbord ...

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  • Ng Yi-Sheng, Stephanie Chan, Andy Ang, Ang Jin Yong, Tan Boon Hui, Atifa Othman and Kokila Annamalai

    EXHALE: An Anthology Of Queer Singapore Voices

    $30.00

    EXHALE: An Anthology of Queer Singapore Voices is a landmark literary project, gathering the best works of local LGBTQ writers who emerged in the 2010s. These writings reveal the dreams, struggles and indomitable spirit of our queer community in a time of turbulence and transformation—a decade of highly visible protests and controversies, new labels for gender and sexuality, and a more fearless brand of cultural politics. This collection features texts written in English, Mandarin, Malay and ...

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  • Joshua Ip

    footnotes on falling

    $16.00

    footnotes on falling is a collection of 44 poems about sub-optimal life choices. the poems constantly laugh at themselves because they are polite, and asian. they shuffle their feet sideways while declining eye contact. they indulge in wordplay because it gives them something to do with their fingers. they prefer to read out but also prefer this be done in private. they secretly would like you to bring them home.Paperback: 70 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789811152832Published b...

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  • David Wong Hsien Ming

    For The End Comes Reaching

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    This is a meditation on the ineffable sense of loss that accompanies each having. Through the death of his father, a son apprehends other deaths and finds each manifestation inevitable, yet enclosed with possibility; violence bears love and is borne of it, guilt seeds redemption, and faith is found within apostasy. What emerges from For the End Comes Reaching are poems that bear witness to the alchemy of human experience. Paperback: 73 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789810973186 ...

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