Local Reads

Last month, I went to the Singapore Art Book Fair and I had such a lovely time wandering and looking at books by Singaporean authors and artists. It is humbling to see the amount of effort and love that people can put into their work and inspiring to see how creative people can be. I’ve decided to put a list of 5 local books that you can check out!

1. The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza by Cyril Wong 


A story about a teacher’s confession in which she recounts the tragic and traumatic story of an ex-student who overturned the way she saw herself as a teacher and changed her life forever.

2. Love Is An Empty Barstool by Pooja Nansi 


A mix of satirical poems and sad ones. A perfect late night read.

3. SingPoWriMo: Edited by Ann Ang, Joshua Ip and Pooja Nansi


SingPoWriMo: Singapore Poetry Writing Month. This anthology brings together the best out of hundreds of poems submitted in the month of April. Poems, poems, more poems, who can hate on that?

4. The Resident Tourist by Troy Chin


With the exception of Batman comic books, I’m not an avid comic reader. However, a friend of mine recommended this. He said that this really got him thinking and even brought back familiar memories.

5. HABITCAT by Atelier HOKO


An inquiry into how street cats in Singapore inhabit the man-made spaces of suburban landscapes. I’m furry paws-itive that this is a book you will enjoy.

Do you have a favourite local author? Comment and let me know!

With love, Gene


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