Thursday, September 27, 2012

Event: Meet-the-Authors - Mayura Mohta and George Jacobs

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a Meet-the-Authors event with Mayura Mohta and George Jacobs on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 3pm at our Armenian Street bookstore.

About the Authors

Mayura Mohta is a nutrition consultant and the founder of Healthfriend - a social enterprise that conducts nutrition workshops and ploughs profits into charities that support underprivileged children. For the past 2 years, Healthfriend has conducted many nutrition workshops addressing various health issues for institutions such as WINGS, VSS, PRIMETIME, SCWO and UWCSEA.

George Jacobs, PhD, has been the volunteer president of Vegetarian Society (Singapore) since 2003 and a vegetarian since 1980. He speaks and writes frequently on vegetarianism both locally and internationally. Dr Jacobs teaches for NIE and other educational institutions. Among his interests in Education is reading; thus, he is particularly happy to meet people who enjoy bookstores.

The Heart Smart Oil Free Cookbook

An estimated 17 million people die every year from cardiovascular diseases, particularly heart attacks and strokes. Fortunately, you can help yourself by changing what you eat.

This cookbook leads the way. Based on the groundbreaking research of Dr Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr of the world renowned Cleveland Clinic, The Heart Smart Oil-Free Cookbook provides tested, detailed recipes by skilled chefs and global nutrition experts. They enable you to eat right for your heart while enjoying a wide range of tasty dishes. The Heart Smart Oil-Free Cookbook includes scientific information on why foods high in oil damage the heart. It is supported by the Singapore Heart Foundation.

Saturday, October 6, 2012, 3pm

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Tel: (65) 6337 9319

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Books on Architecture in Asia

These are recent additions to our wide selection of titles on architecture in Asia:

WOHA: Breathing Architecture - Architektur Atmet by Michaela Busenkell and Peter Cachola Schmal. This monograph on the Singapore-based architectural practice WOHA uses examples such as open-aired tropical family homes, green permeable high-rises, and a cutting-edge resort on the island of Bali to show how the firm has continued to create innovative, environmentally sensitive structures that blend into their environments, yet maintain aesthetic integrity. Essays in the book explore WOHA's tropical architecture; discuss the Asian understanding of nature; and look at newly designed community spaces. Headed by Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell, the practice is making a name internationally for their sophisticated projects, which are presented in this volume. Through numerous illustrations and in-depth essays, this book reveals the innovative, sustainable, and green designs of WOHA.

Vertical Cities Asia: International Design Competition & Symposium (Volume 1: Everyone Needs Fresh Air) edited by Ng Waikeen, Jeffrey Chan Kok Hui et al. Asia is undergoing a dramatic and rapid urbanization. Across the continent, there is unrelenting, large-scale migration from the countryside to the cities. Asian cities are getting denser and growing taller at a scale and intensity without historical precedent, and existing urban architectural and planning models struggle to accommodate the increased population. To continue recycling these models in the face of this challenge will lead to devastating effects on land, infrastructure, and the environment. The Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition and Symposium was created to encourage design explorations and research into the prospects of new architectural and planning models for the increasingly vertical, dense and intense urban environments of Asia. The theme of the inaugural edition of the programme is "Everyone Needs Fresh Air", which is of particular relevance for the congested post-SARS cities of Asia where urban sprawl, traffic and environmental pollution threaten the prospects of biodiversity, greenry, liveability and general well-being of the inhabitants. This publication brings together the spectrum of innovative design and theoretical approaches proposed by the participating universities: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, ETH Zurich, National University of Singapore, Tongji University, Tokyo University, Tsinghua University, TU Delft, University of California Berkeley, University of Michigan, and University of Pennsylvania.

Architectural and Cultural Guide Pyongyang (2 Volumes) edited by Philipp Meuser. North Korea's capital Pyongyang, a city of 3 million people, is not well known in the outside world. The first of these 2 cased volumes contains photographs, with commentary, of some 100 buildings in Pyongyang. In volume 2 there are descriptions with critical discussion of some of the buildings which were greatly influenced by 20th century architects and developers in the USSR and Eastern Europe.

The Craft of Gardens: The Classic Chinese Text on Garden Design by Ji Cheng. Ji Cheng's great work on garden design, the Yuan Ye or Craft of Gardens, was originally published around 1631 and is the earliest manual of landscape gardening in the Chinese tradition. This is the first complete English translation of Ji Cheng's seminal work. This delightful book provides not only insights into Chinese gardening but also a unique perspective on Chinese culture and society in the late Ming dynasty. Illustrations include not only Ji Cheng's original diagrams but also historical paintings and contemporary photographs of a number of outstanding gardens in the part of East China where Ji Cheng lived and worked.

The New Asian City: Three-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form by Jini Kim Watson. Under Jini Kim Watson's scrutiny, the Asian Tiger metropolises of Seoul, Taipei, and Singapore reveal a surprising residue of the colonial environment. Drawing on a wide array of literary, filmic, and political works, and juxtaposing close readings of the built environment, Watson demonstrates how processes of migration and construction in the hypergrowth urbanscapes of the Pacific Rim crystallize the psychic and political dramas of their colonized past and globalized present. Tracing the way newly constructed spaces-including expressways, high-rises, factory zones, and department stores-become figured within cultural texts, The New Asian City explores how urban transformations were rationalized, perceived, and fictionalized. Watson shows how literature, film, and poetry have described and challenged contemporary Asian metropolises, especially around the formation of gendered and laboring subjects in these new spaces. She suggests that by embracing the postwar growth-at-any-cost imperative, they have buttressed the nationalist enterprise along neocolonial lines. The New Asian City provides an innovative approach to how we might better understand the gleaming metropolises of the Pacific Rim. In doing so, it demonstrates how reading cultural production in conjunction with built environments can enrich our knowledge of the lived consequences of rapid economic and urban development.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Books on Peranakan Cooking

This is a selection of books that we carry on Peranakan cooking:

Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen: Singapore Recipes from My Mother by Sharon Wee.  This memoir-cum-cookbook is a treasure store for would-be nonya cooks. An account of the author's family background in pre-World War II Singapore and the way of life of similar traditional Straits Chinese families introduces memories of her mother's hands-on Peranakan cuisine. Illustrated descriptions of ingredients and implements used introduce the 130 illustrated recipes for the increasingly sought-after Peranakan dishes. With archival photographs and index.

Peranakan Heritage Cooking by Philip Chia. Singapore's unique culinary heritage is being enhanced by this series of Heritage Cookbooks. After a delightfully illustrated acount of Singapore's Peranakan (or Straits Chinese) community and way of life, basic recipes and methods are set out. Recipes for some 60 well-loved family cooked dishes are illustrated. Some 35 of the herbs, spices and other ingredients essential to the Peranakan table are then described and their usages explained. With menu suggestions, archival photographs, and index.

Peranakan Cuisine Simplified: A Nyonya's Culinary Heritage by Irene Khong. Intended for the busy housewife or weekend cook new to cooking Peranakan dishes at home, these 150 clearly set out recipes will be widely welcomed. Some of the most celebrated Penang and Malacca delicacies are included and kitchen tips for the amateur are drawn from many sources. Short cuts are favoured! With index and colour photographs.

Classic Peranakan Cooking: Recipes from the Straits Chinese Kitchen. The Peranakans, or Straits Chinese, are a people whose culture is characterised by a blend of Chinese and Malay beliefs, customs and practices. Beginning with the same foundation several centuries ago, their cuisine grew and became refined with Indonesian, Thai, Indian and even colonial influences. This treasury of Peranakan recipes is compiled from MediaCorp TV12's popular cooking show, The Ways of the Matriarch. It includes quotes from the TV series, and handy cooking tips, offering an invaluable insight into the rich culinary heritage of the Peranakan community.

Modern Nyonya by Sylvia Tan. The veteran cookery writer Sylvia Tan here brings together 70 of her favourite nonya recipes in this delightfully illustrated volume. The first chapter notes significant features in Peranakan food history and its styles including how to create the essential and distinctive rempah or spice pastes. Seventy recipes are clearly set out. With illustrated glossary, index and measurement tables.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Event: Face-to-Face with Zhuang Wubin

Photos from the Face-to-Face with Zhuang Wubin event on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 7:30pm.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Event: Meet-the-Author - Chee Soon Juan

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a Meet-the-Author event with Chee Soon Juan, author of Democratically Speaking on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 7:30pm.

About the Book
Democratically Speaking deals with a number of subjects on politics, economy and civil liberties in Singapore.  It also includes letters, articles, speeches and legal submissions that Chee Soon Juan has written over the years, from the early years of his political involvement to the present.

About the Author
Chee Soon Juan is a neuropsychologist by training. Schooled in Singapore, he received his PhD from the University of Georgia in the United States in 1990 and returned to lecture at the National University of Singapore. Chee Soon Juan is currently the secretary-general of the SDP and has authored several books as well as contributed chapters in other books. He was Research Associate at Monash Asia Institute (1997), Human Rights Fellow at the University of Chicago (2001), and the Reagan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (2004). He is the recipient of the Defender of Democracy Award 2003 given by the Parliamentarians for Global Action and the Prize for Freedom 2011 given by Liberal International. He was also awarded the Hellman/Hammett Writers Grant by Human Rights Watch.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Time Talisman Series featured in the Asia! mag

Our children's ebook series, the Time Talisman series, and its author, Don Bosco, was recently featured on the asia! magazine website.

Follow this link to read the article about how Don created the series and its fascinating characters. 

The Time Talisman series of ebooks are available for purchase from, as well as Amazon and itunes.

Join Don Bosco's Book Club, or visit his website to get his ebooks and download free learning resources.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Event: Book launch of Apache Over Singapore: The Story of Singapore Sixties Music

Photos from the book launch of Apache over Singapore: The Story of Singapore Sixties Music by Joseph Pereira, published by Select Books, on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 7:30pm.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Event: Meet-the-Author - Mark Trowell

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a Meet-the-Author event with Mark Trowell, Queen's Counsel and author of Sodomy II: The Trial of Anwar Ibrahim, on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 7:30pm.

About the author
Mark Trowell was appointed Queen's Counsel in Western Australia in 2000 and is a leading criminal lawyer. In 2001-02, he was appointed to act as the observer for LAWASIA at the sedition trial in Malaysia of distinguished lawyer and parliamentarian Karpal Singh. In May 2004, he observed at the appeal of Anwar Ibrahim against his earlier conviction and sentence.

About the book
On 9 January 2012, Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted of charges of sodomy against his then 23-year-old aide, Mohd Saiful. Anwar's trial lasted almost two years with many delays and appeals to the superior courts. This book recounts the events of the trial, as reported by eminent QC Mark Trowell who observed the trial on behalf of LAWASIA, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the International Commission of Jurists, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and Union Internationale des Advocats from January 2010 until its conclusion two years later.

Wednesday, 5th September 2012, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

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