Publishers’ Predictions

Singapore’s literary landscape continues to mature and receive international recognition. Last year, the Singapore-based creative team of Adan Jimenez, Felicia Low-Jimenez and Andrew Tan signed a deal with US publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing for the North American edition of their children’s book series Sherlock Sam.

Author O Thiam Chin won the inaugural Epigram Books Literature Prize with Now That It’s Over, and Ethos Books published the Singapore-Hong Kong collaborative anthology Tales of Two Cities.

SWAG asked Singapore’s publishing houses to share the pick of their 2016 reading lists.

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Jason Erik Lundberg at Epigram:

  • Death of a Perm Sec by Wong Souk Yee — A former political candidate of the Singapore Democratic Party is out with a political book, which should be interesting to political pundits in the Lion City.
  • Let’s Give It Up For Gimme Lao! by Sebastian Sim — Never one to shy away from the road less taken, Sebastian spent his twenties backpacking around the world. He has written three Chinese wuxia novels under the pseudonym Yueguan Ming, and this is his first release in English.
  • Now That It’s Over by O Thiam Chin — The manuscript that won the S$20,000 prize has everyone waiting.
  • Sea of Lies by Bradley West — The former venture capitalist has a political thriller which speculates on the possible fate of Malaysian Airways flight MH370.
  • Sugarbread by Balli Kaur Jaswal —  The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist of 2014 has a new work. A dark comedy that follows a 10-year-old Punjabi-Sikh girl, Pin, who discovers some interesting secrets about her parents.

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Kah Gay Ng at Ethos Books:

  • Children of Las Vegas by Timothy O’Grady — Former NTU/NAC’s writer-in-residence Timothy O’Grady has a collection of stories drawn from testimonies of children who grew up in the world famous Sin City.
  • Giving Ground by Theophilus Kwek — A new poetic condensation of thoughts and realizations about leavings, transitions, entries, rediscoveries from Theophilus Kwek, an up-and-coming Singapore poet to keep an eye on.
  • Gobsmacked by Teng Jee Hum — The self-taught artist showcases artwork and critical essays which present an alternate perspective on the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew. To find out more about Teng Jee Hum, check out his personal website
  • Singapore Siu Dai 3 by Felix Cheong — The third installment of flash fiction funnies from Felix Cheong, the recipient of the Young Artist of the Year award in 2000.
  • This is How You Walk on the Moon edited by Patricia Karunungan, Samuel Caleb Wee, and Wong Wen Pu — An anthology of new fiction celebrating the re-invention of reality.

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Renee Ting of Math Paper Press:

  • And the Walls Come Crumbling Down by Tania De Rozario —Autobiography of Tania De Rozario, a writer and visual artist who explores the issues of gender and sexuality. She frequently interplays text and image and this autobiography should make for an interesting read.
  • Capital Misfits by Julie Koh – Collection of short stories from the Sydney-based writer who’s been sweeping many literary prizes Down Under. Her stories are touching and hilarious and I’m a huge fan of her work. To find out more about Julie Koh, be sure to check out her personal website
  • Grace Chia’s Short Stories (title TBA) — Her previous poetry collection Cordelia was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2012.
  • The Resident Tourist Part 8 by Troy Chin — Why mess with a good thing? Troy Chin, one of Singapore’s most successful graphic novelist, returns for the eight edition of The Resident Tourist. Having read the first seven volumes of The Resident Tourist, I’m eagerly anticipating to see where the tourist heads next.
  • To You Out There by Clarice Ng — A novella from Clarice Ng.


compiled by S. Mickey Lin


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