The September school holidays are upon us, and whether you’re a student or not, there’s always time to hunker down with a good book and dive into some of the region’s best new writing. This month, from Epigram, look out for the last of the Epigram Fiction Prize nominees, a brand new multilingual series for children, and a new edition of one of the best graphic novels to have emerged from Singapore.
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (5th Anniversary Edition)
Sonny Liew’s triple Eisner Award-winning, Singapore Literature Prize-winning monster of a graphic novel is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a brand new cover; a special afterword by London-based historian and curator of international comics art, Paul Gravett; a sneak peek into Sonny’s artwork that was never published; and new material from an upcoming publication.
A Good True Thai
Bangkok born and raised author Sunisa Manning was nominated for the 2020 Epigram Fiction Prize for this debut novel. Against the backdrop of 1970s Thailand, a descendent of royalty, Det, has a chance encounter with two schoolmates—Lek and Chang— from a local university. Inspired by their political fervour, Det radicalises and joins them in their protests against the government. In the middle of this political upheaval, Det finds himself falling in love with Lek, but the revolution has other plans for them.
Just A Little Mynah
Penned by Evelyn Sue Wong with illustrations by Dhanedra Poedjono, come meet
Little Mynah, a little bird who wishes she could be like other birds—spectacular, magnificent and brilliant. However, when her friend the Heron gets tangled in trouble, Little Mynah realises that even the smallest and most ordinary birds can do extraordinary things.