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By The Book: Epigram Unveils Stories About Stories Online, Showcasing New Book Offerings In The Year To Come


Usually held twice a year to showcase their upcoming titles, Epigram Books has taken Stories About Stories online, with authors talking about their upcoming books on video, and giving fans a first look at their new works to come from July to December 2020.

In the fiction segment, look out for Epigram Books Fiction Prize finalists, such as librarian and first time novelist Erni Salleh, who penned The Java Enigma. Sunisa Manning’s A Good True Thai, follows a group of friends who get embroiled in Thailand’s political struggles in the 1970s, while Bruneian author and university assistant professor Kathrina Mohd Daud talks about her novel The Fisherman King, with both Manning and Kathrina’s novels also which was also nominated for the prize. Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2020 winner Joshua Kam will talk about his debut novel How the Man in Green Saved Pahang, and Possibly the World, while you can also delve into Russell Molina and Ian Sta. Maria’s graphic novel Mr Tino, which tells a tale about a senior citizen who gains superpowers.

Under non-fiction, dive into activist Alex Au’s Rational Conversations: The Trouble with Foreign Workers, while W!ld Rice resident playwright Alfian Sa’at chronicles the theatre company’s history in Twenty Years of W!LD RICE. Gerrie Lim, best known for his saucy works about the sex trade, including Invisible Trade: High-Class Sex for Sale in Singapore and In Lust We Trust: Adventures in Adult Cinema, follows Ashley Chan and what her life is like as an escort in Singapore. Finally, National University of Singapore Associate Professor Ismail S. Talib’s Robert Yeo at Eighty: A Tribute compiles work, from poetry to reviews, that pays tribute to local literary icon Robert Yeo.

A love for reading should always be kindled from a young age, and Epigram will also be presenting new works for younger readers, such as A.J. Low’s Sherlock Sam and the Seafaring Scourge on Sentosa, the 16th book in the series, as well as illustrator/animator Darren Lim’s debut novel Ace Agent Spycat and the Flying Sidekick, inspired by his award-winning animated short film, Spycat and the Paper Chase. Evelyn Sue Wong tells the story of a multilingual mynah who uses its knowledge of languages to help someone in trouble in Just A Little Mynah, while Quek Hong Shin celebrates a familiar local dessert in The Marvellous Sugee Cake to complete his series on local cultures. Finally, Vivian Teo pens the sequel to My BFF Is An Alien with My BFF Is an Alien: Sabotage, as we continue following the adventures of a young schoolgirl and her extraterrestrial best friend.

There’s always a good reason to read, and with Epigram’s Stories About Stories, there’s more than a few great options to look forward to picking up, and lose yourself in for a few hours. Check out your soon-to-be-favourites, and let us know which one you’re most excited for!

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